Looking for a good portable drive

LRussoPhotoLRussoPhoto Major grinsPosts: 457Registered Users Major grins
edited May 9, 2012 in Digital Darkroom
Looking for a new reliable portable drive to store photos on. Needs to be quick and go back and forth from pc to mac. Doesn't need to be huge, 1 tb is fine. Have a Buffalo mini station that I am very disappointed in, nothing but problems.
D300s D90
Nikon 18-105mm,Nikon 18-200mm,Sigma 24-70mm f2.8, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8

http://LouRusso.SmugMug.com

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  • Art ScottArt Scott Have PASSPORT will TRAVEL Posts: 8,957Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 30, 2012
    I like Seagate FreeAgent Go and but do know know if they will swap from pc tp mac...I use the 2.5" form factor for travel.
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  • cmasoncmason Old dog, new tricks Raleigh, NCPosts: 2,503Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 30, 2012
    Mac and Windows platform share support for USB ports as well as the FAT32 format.Any USB drive that is formatted FAT32 will work in both Mac and PC. This covers just about all portable external drives.

    Anything beyond this and you get into issues. Mac and Windows support different hard drive formats: Mac supports HFS+, its native format, and can read and write FAT32. Windows supports NTFS, and can read and write FAT32 (plus older ones, but not relevant in large hard drives). Mac's typically come with USB, Firewire and now, Thunderbolt connections. Windows machines usually come with USB, but almost never Firewire and no Thunderbolt yet.

    I have had great success with Western Digital My Passport Drives. Nearly any of them will work but they also make a 'Passport Studio' drive that are 'Mac specific' which simply means they are preformatted for HFS+, and support Firewire and USB, but otherwise they are just hard drives.

    You can get USB 3.0 drives, but Mac does not support USB 3.0, so keep this in mind.
  • Art ScottArt Scott Have PASSPORT will TRAVEL Posts: 8,957Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 30, 2012
    cmason wrote: »

    You can get USB 3.0 drives, but Mac does not support USB 3.0, so keep this in mind.

    USB 3.0 drives should be backwards compatible with USB2.0 connections, you just would not get the greater speed of the 3.0...... Correct??
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  • cmasoncmason Old dog, new tricks Raleigh, NCPosts: 2,503Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 30, 2012
    Art Scott wrote: »
    USB 3.0 drives should be backwards compatible with USB2.0 connections, you just would not get the greater speed of the 3.0...... Correct??

    Yes they are backwardly compatible, a USB 3.0 drive will work fine in a USB 2 slot. But of course, in a USB 2 slot its no faster: you will be limited by the speed of the port.

    On a Mac, there is only support for USB 2 ports, therefore you will be limited to 480 Mbits/sec, though in practice, its less. On a machine that supports USB 3.0, you can get up to USB 3.0's 5Gbits/sec. (Firewire is 400/800 Mbits/sec)
  • SamSam San Jose CA Posts: 7,418Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 30, 2012
    Have a look at the Lacie Rugged series.

    Sam
  • LRussoPhotoLRussoPhoto Major grins Posts: 457Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 9, 2012
    Sorry for not responding, I havent been recieving notifications. Anyway, I wound up getting the Seagate, so far so good, lol.
    D300s D90
    Nikon 18-105mm,Nikon 18-200mm,Sigma 24-70mm f2.8, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8

    http://LouRusso.SmugMug.com
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