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What External Hard Drive Can i use with the new Mac mini

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:46 pm    Post subject: What External Hard Drive Can i use with the new Mac mini Reply with quote

I have the 2011 Mac mini what EHD can you recommend me to use? Thanks I own the 500HD model. Question
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any one that you can connect.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:24 am    Post subject: Is this essential to have an EHD Reply with quote

Thanks for your answer. Do you think it is essential for me to have an EHD?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You probably want to have one as a backup, even if the 500 gb of your main drive is large enough to hold all your apps and files. One option for backup is to buy a Time Capsule from Apple, but if you already have a wireless router, there are much cheaper options. If and when you get an external, you can set it to do Time Machine backups, which not only saves your files and settings, but allows you to restore files you changed or deleted. If you are buying a drive to do Time Machine backups, I suggest you buy one at least 1gb capacity.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fox wrote:
You probably want to have one as a backup, even if the 500 gb of your main drive is large enough to hold all your apps and files. One option for backup is to buy a Time Capsule from Apple, but if you already have a wireless router, there are much cheaper options. If and when you get an external, you can set it to do Time Machine backups, which not only saves your files and settings, but allows you to restore files you changed or deleted. If you are buying a drive to do Time Machine backups, I suggest you buy one at least 1gb capacity.
Thanks but I really worried about brownouts which happen here. I just moved to the Philippines a few daysthat is why.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the D2 externals from LaCie. I would just look around for something that is at least 1TB and FireWire 800. That will give you the best performance and enough space to backup with Time Machine or CCC. You might also look into a decent UPS with all of the brownouts in your area. Something like over 250 watts to be safe. I mean, that's going to be hard on your Mac mini's power supply over the long run.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:25 pm    Post subject: EHD Reply with quote

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I like the D2 externals from LaCie


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What do you mean hard on the Mac mini in the long run? Please explain briefly Thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:15 am    Post subject: Re: EHD Reply with quote

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What do you mean hard on the Mac mini in the long run? Please explain briefly Thanks

A sudden loss of power can cause hardware issues and data loss. You're better off having a steady flow of power to your Mac mini. They might not get you this time, but the next time might be another story. Those power fluctuations are hard on your computer's power supply. I also wouldn't doubt that you are more susceptible to power surges in your area. But both of these issues can be easily addressed with a average UPS. I mean, it's going to protect your investment and data.
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