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Offline Billzbub

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External drives
« on: December 13, 2016, 04:11:06 PM »
I want to buy all the kids cheap external drives for Christmas.  Is there a difference between drives for MacBook Pros and drives for PCs?  Can I just pick any drive at least 1TB big that has good reviews from newegg?  I probably need to order them today or tomorrow since I've been lazy about it.   :-[
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Re: External drives
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2016, 04:15:49 PM »
If it has a lock software (my WD does) then it needs to be compatible with the OS, yes.

SSD is more resilient to bumps than a traditional platter.

USB-3 is fast as shit.

Look at the reviews. Everyone has their own good and bad experiences, but I've had good luck with Seagate and Kingston.

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Re: External drives
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2016, 05:00:49 PM »
The retail listing should say what OS(s) the drive will work with.
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Offline Tassie Dave

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Re: External drives
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2016, 10:48:14 PM »
Most good external drives will work with any OS.

I use 1T Seagate external drives on my iMac, Samsung TV (media storage) & XBox One.
I have had no problems with them in over 2 years. The length of time I have had them.

They also work with PCs & Linux system
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Re: External drives
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2016, 01:31:56 AM »
I have a 4 Tb Samsung (actually made by Seagate) that I keep having to run a repair utility.
Not real happy with it generally. Otherwise, I have dropped hard drives before.
Question, how big does it have to be. You can get a 128 Gb or even a 256 GB flash drive these days for real cheap as well.
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Re: External drives
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2016, 02:08:30 AM »
The only real difference is how it comes formatted.  You can always reformat if the format it comes with doesn't suit your needs (for instance, a Time Machine backup drive must be in HFS+ format).
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