I'm buying an external hard drive for my Mac and want to hear any geekzone recommendations. The hard drive will be used to store photo's, movies, movies and the odd document. I won't need a massive amount of storage capacity but want to future proof myself so don't mind spending a bit extra. In addition, I want the external drive so I can activate apple's time machine so I can back-up my system. I already own an airport extreme so don't want to buy a time capsule. Thanks.
Interface? Not sure standard USB I guess.. i've got a late 2009 mac with 500 Gb of storage. I've currently using 420GB. I think I probably need 3/4 times that. Thinking of keeping this mac for a for the foreseeable future. Cheers
For time machine use, I'd recommend USB3 2.5" drive to reduce the backup time - if you want to future proof get a 2.0TB WD mypassport drive. Otherwise settle for 1TB
Nothing is more annoying than to pull out a 3.5" Desktop drive and plugging it in to power - unless you plan to leave it running 24/7 - otherwise you can plug via USB to your airport extreme but backup's will be slow over USB2.0 connectivity
if it were me I'd get a NAS drive. I have a Buffalo Linkstation (farily cheap) that has built in time machine support in addition to a couple of other apple extensions (itunes server). My drive is 1TB and cost about $150. Not sure if they are available in NZ though - but I'm sure if you searched about you'd find something similar.
If you have a laptop then get a USB drive and plug it into the USB port on your AirPort Extreme. You can then do your Time Machine backups automatically over Wi-Fi. If you have a desktop then I'd probably still go USB for the convenience; for a backup drive the time taken doesn't really matter too much since it all happens in the background.