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The cheapest way for Mac users to store data, is still the use of external hard drives *. We provide tips to buy and take a look at the current bestseller (updated version May 2015).

External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance

HDD vs. SSD: Advantages and Disadvantages

are normal hard drives really still up to date? And whether, although it depends on the intended use. Mechanical storage drives are slower and more sensitive to shock and vibration than the already installed in most Macs SSDs (flash memory). However, they are by far cheaper, offer respect to the memory the best price. Also in terms of absolute size, they have the advantage. SSDs there's usually a maximum of 1TB hard drives, however, beat this value part repeatedly.

Who mainly dates - such as photos, movies, the iTunes library and other documents - archive would like to, this mainly only reads and rarely permanent write access makes that goes better with a favorable external hard drive. The same applies to the Creating backups, For example, with Apple's Time Machine in OS X. The speed advantages of SSD are irrelevant here. Only those who are willing to work explicitly with larger data directly from the hard drive, which was on the acquisition of an external SSD *External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance alternatively think.

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External Hard Drives on Mac: Connections, Formatting

Who does not want that the hard drive is "slowed down", which was to make sure that the model you want one USB 3.0 port (5 Gbps) has. The technically better Thunderbolt port (10 or 20 Gbps), we unfortunately rarely certainly not among the best-selling external hard drives find. This was due to the low penetration of the port and the much higher price. Exotic is also eSATA (external design of the internal standard SATA connection), it is found in fewer external hard drives, and the connection succeeds on Mac only with the aid of appropriate adapters. FireWire - an Apple specialty from the past - is also hardly to be found.

usb_3_0Most commonly found: USB 3.0. The broad bush we always find only the peripheral device, the actual plug for the computer has been retained.

One potential problem: Apple installed USB 3.0 only in computers since 2012, previously only USB 2.0, FireWire 800 and partly since 2011 Thunderbolt. After all, hard drives with USB 3.0 are backward compatible, so can also be (at reduced speed) to operate USB 2.0 - for backups and Co usually sufficient. Who on his Mac (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro Retina, Mac mini, iMac or Mac Pro) already has Thunderbolt can alternatively use a USB 3.0 adapter, or a Thunderbolt docking station. Our advice in this case: Buy USB 3.0 hard drive, first check whether the lower speed (USB 2.0) still meets the requirements, and only then may purchase additional one Thunderbolt USB 3.0 solution.

  • Thunderbolt dock at a glance
  • Kanex adapter Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet at Amazon *External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance (About 100 euros)
  • Kanex adapter Thunderbolt buy USB 3.0 and eSATA Amazon *External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance (About 100 euros)
usb_c_microUSB 3.1 Type C to Micro USB 3.0 - is required for connection to a new MacBook with USB C.

Another special case: USB 3.1 Type C. we find this flat plug on the newly introduced MacBook 12-inch display. Basically this is compatible with standard USB 3.0 hard drives, but either requires a USB adapter (type C socket A) or (better) equal to an appropriate Cable USB 3.1 Type C to USB 3.0 Micro (Wide connector on the hard drive) - there's for under 10 euros.

  • kwmobile USB 3.1 Type C Buy to Micro USB 3.0 cable on Amazon *External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance (About 9 euros)

Normally, the external hard disks for the Windows PC formatted. by the Disk Utility (In OS X applications -> Utilities -> but Disk Utility), we can format it with ease for use on the Mac. Who data also exchange with PCs want, but should FAT file system use this, otherwise Windows PCs can not handle the hard disk. NTFS (Modern filesystem under Windows), the Mac can read, but not write. This is only possible by additional software, For example, with Paragon NTFS *External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance (About 20 euros).

External hard disks: choose the form factor

We distinguish two form factors external hard drives *, which are based on the installed drives: 2.5 and 3.5 inches. The former include the corresponding mobile hard drives, usually found in notebooks. Advantage: Small and operation no separate power supply is necessary, only the USB cable (or Thunderbolt) is sufficient. Disadvantage: Most slightly slower than the larger counterparts, and lower capacity. These were originally intended, with its 3.5-inch for the typical desktop or tower PC. Advantage: Higher capacities and more favorable in relation to the price per megabyte. Disadvantage: Not suitable for mobile applications that require an extra power cable and also tend to be a little louder.

we look at the top sellers, we must note: The majority of attacks currently to models in the 2.5-inch Formfakor.

External hard drives for the Mac: Bestseller (Top 10)

Following our readers will find a list of currently best-selling external hard disks *External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance. The data are based on information from the online consignor Amazon and are as snapshot to understand.

1st place: Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB

toshiba_1Capacity: 1 TB. Form Factor: 2.5 inches. Connections: 1x USB 3.0. Particularities: Integrated shock sensor and ramp load technology for better protection.

  • Toshiba Canvio Basics 1 TB from Amazon *External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance (About 56 euros)

2nd place: WD Elements Portable 1TB

wd_2_neuCapacity: 1 TB. Form Factor: 2.5 inches. Connections: 1x USB 3.0. Particularities: Trial WD SmartWare Pro automatic cloud and -Datensicherung.

  • WD Elements Portable 1TB from Amazon *External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance (About 63 euros)

3rd place: WD Elements Portable 2 TB

wd_3Capacity: 2 TB. Form Factor: 2.5 inches. Connections: 1x USB 3.0. Particularities: Trial WD SmartWare Pro automatic cloud and -Datensicherung.

  • WD Elements Portable 2 TB from Amazon *External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance (About 93 euros)

Seat 4: Toshiba Canvio Basics 2 TB

toshiba_1Capacity: 2 TB. Form Factor: 2.5 inches. Connections: 1x USB 3.0. Particularities: Integrated shock sensor and ramp load technology for better protection.

  • Toshiba Canvio Basics 2 TB from Amazon *External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance (About 87 euros)

Seat 5: Transcend StoreJet M3 Anti-Shock 1TB

trans_5Capacity: 1 TB. Form Factor: 2.5 inches. Connections: 1x USB 3.0. Particularities: Shock and non-slip silicone case with anti-shock technology. Backup of a button.

  • Transcend StoreJet M3 Anti-Shock 1 TB from Amazon *External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance (About 65 euros)

Seat 6: Seagate Expansion Portable STBX2000401 2TB

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capacity2 TB. Form Factor: 2.5 inches. Connections: 1x USB 3.0. Particularities: Very thin design and frugal power consumption.

  • Seagate Expansion Portable STBX2000401 2TB from Amazon *External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance (About 90 euros)

7th place: Toshiba Canvio Basics 500 GB

toshiba_1Capacity: 2 TB. Form Factor: 2.5 inches. Connections: 1x USB 3.0. Particularities: Integrated shock sensor and ramp load technology for better protection.

  • Toshiba Canvio Basics 500 GB at Amazon *External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance (About 45 euros)

Seat 8: Intenso Memory Case 1TB

intenso_1capacity2 TB. Form Factor: 2.5 inches. Connections: 1x USB 3.0. Particularities: Cross-platform FAT32 file system, indicating the maximum data transfer rate - reading (85MB / s), write (75MB ​​/ s).

  • Intenso Memory Case 1TB from Amazon *External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance (About 60 euros)

Seat 9: Intenso Memory Station 1TB

intenso_2capacity1 TB. Form Factor: 2.5 inches. Connections: 1x USB 2.0. Particularities: Cross-platform FAT32 file system, Attention: Only useful for older Macs with USB 2.0 port.

  • Intenso Memory Station 1TB from Amazon *External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance (About 60 euros)

Place 10: Intenso Memory Center 4TB

intenso_3capacity4 TB. Form Factor: 3.5 inches. Connections: 1x USB 3.0. Particularities: Cross-platform FAT32 file system, specify the maximum data transfer rate - Read (85MB / s), write (75MB ​​/ s) .Stromversorgung on its own power supply.

  • Intenso Memory Center 4TB from Amazon *External hard drives for the Mac: Current bestsellers at a glance (About 119 euros)

All best-selling external hard drives from Amazon (at No. 100, hourly updated) ...*

Note: Article originally published on 03 February 2015, revised on May 29, 2015.