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Topic # 113903 31-Jan-2013 15:21
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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.

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  Reply # 753961 31-Jan-2013 15:29
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how long is a piece of string?

What interface options does your mac have? Thunderbolt, Firewire 800, USB2,  USB3?, 

How much data are to intending to back up in your Time machine ( ie how much is on the internal HDD)

how much more space do you want?

Are you thinking about getting a newer mac in the future? which will it have a larger internal drive ( and hence need a bigger external backup drive)

The more info you give us the more help people can be...



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  Reply # 753973 31-Jan-2013 16:04
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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

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  Reply # 753976 31-Jan-2013 16:10
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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 

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  Reply # 753990 31-Jan-2013 16:34
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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.

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  Reply # 754000 31-Jan-2013 16:52
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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.

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