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 Post subject: Recommendations for external hard drive for mac
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:11 pm 
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Hi all
anyone got any recommendations for an external hard drive for a mac? don't like the 2 year life span the Apple Time Capsule seems to have.
Any recommendations, views appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: recommendations for external hard drive for mac
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 4:09 pm 
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Isn't ex drive an ex drive you just have to format for mac OS.

Not NTFS of Fat er Googe

Edit: http://www.ehow.com/how_2063795_format- ... ac-os.html

How to format a drive for Mac OS X
http://youtu.be/LN5my4Lrd-4

Looks as if Journaled for mac

For drive I like Western Digital not had a problem. The great WD Vs Seagate


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 Post subject: Re: recommendations for external hard drive for mac
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 4:15 pm 
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Can you just use any drive formatting correctly ?. Maplin always has a cheap selection of external 500GB/1TB drives..assuming they can be used.

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 Post subject: Re: recommendations for external hard drive for mac
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:56 pm 
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Avoid the apple time capsule, absolute crap. had 2 before i changed to a 1tb wd 'my book' for mac - excellent piece of kit, easy to use etc and its fully compatible with time machine.


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 Post subject: Re: recommendations for external hard drive for mac
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:00 pm 
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Just bought a imac myself and have been wondering the same, was going to buy a WD Passport as have one on my windows laptop and been great. anyone know if its possible to have one external drive that works on both a mac and windows machine so can save and transfer without needing two separate external drives ?

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 Post subject: Re: recommendations for external hard drive for mac
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:40 pm 
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There are several add ins that let a mac read NTFS formatted drives, I think google actually support one of them.

However you usually need to disable this if you want to reboot into boot camp.

Any USB disc should be fine.

I personally use an AirPort Extreme base station with a 2tb disc plugged into it, which means everything can access it and my macs will run time machine on it.

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 Post subject: Re: recommendations for external hard drive for mac
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:42 pm 
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Just picked up a WD my book for mac 1tb. It's just for time machine back ups.
Thanks for your input guys.

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 Post subject: Re: recommendations for external hard drive for mac
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:18 pm 
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Next question. Is it best to turn FileVault off when using time machine?

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