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    Default Need opinion on external HDD for Mac

    I'm looking at getting a new external HDD for backup and storage for my Mac mini and my wife's Windows 7 PC. I currently have a 640 GB external all-in-one that works fine, but I want an extra level of backup and additional storage space for now and the future. I'm looking at doing a 3.5" SATA with an enclosure.

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    Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001

    Macally G-S350SU Hi-Speed eSata/USB2.0 External Storage Enclosure for 3.5inch SATA HDD

    As for price, I want to keep it at or below $150. The cheaper, the better, but I also don't want to sacrifice quality for price.

    Cheers.

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    I bought this drive based on the positivereviews I found, and it has seen HEAVY use for the last year and a half and has no issues so it would be my recommendation.
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    Does your mac mini have eSATA? If not, maybe you can save a little by getting an enclosure without that capability? I personally like Firewire for my external drives connected to a mac. I use a 3TB Seagate External (Free Agent GoFlex) for Time machine backups and external storage. It is a little above your budget though. I didn't want to mess with a seperate enclosure, and it has worked well for me for about a year now.

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    @ AsSiMiLaTeD I was hoping you'd chime in quickly :) Glad to see that you recommend the drive!

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    I plan on using the FireWire 800 port, as my mid 2010 Mac mini only has USB 2.0.

    Thanks for your input! I plan on using Time Machine as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by gdpeck View Post
    Does your mac mini have eSATA? If not, maybe you can save a little by getting an enclosure without that capability? I personally like Firewire for my external drives connected to a mac. I use a 3TB Seagate External (Free Agent GoFlex) for Time machine backups and external storage. It is a little above your budget though. I didn't want to mess with a seperate enclosure, and it has worked well for me for about a year now.

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    I just ordered the Seagate Backup Plus 3 TB FireWire 800/USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive for Mac STCB3000100. I decided against the previously-mentioned bare drive + enclosure route due to the features this one offers (can use for Windows/Mac without formatting, price).

    I could have purchased an Amazon Warehouse Deals one for $10 cheaper, but I wasn't 100% comfortable with it. The extra $10 for new is worth it.

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    Rakuten (formerly buy.com) has a $20 off $50 deal going on today, so I ordered it from there just a moment ago. I'll be returning the Amazon one, as I saved about $40 this way.

    Score!

    Quote Originally Posted by John Megadeth View Post
    I just ordered the Seagate Backup Plus 3 TB FireWire 800/USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive for Mac STCB3000100. I decided against the previously-mentioned bare drive + enclosure route due to the features this one offers (can use for Windows/Mac without formatting, price).

    I could have purchased an Amazon Warehouse Deals one for $10 cheaper, but I wasn't 100% comfortable with it. The extra $10 for new is worth it.

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