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Apr 28, 2022 10:35:17   #
jimopho Loc: Maine
 
Hello people, I'm looking to pick up a 2tb external SSD drive to go with my Mac Studio. The prices seem to range kind of widely. Any recommendations? Or ones to avoid? Thanks.

Jim

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Apr 28, 2022 10:42:12   #
Ednsb Loc: Santa Barbara
 
Yes, don’t buy western digital. And it needs to be thunderbolt 4, not USB-c. OWC has a thunderbolt case for $79 then you put your own SSD chip in it.

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Apr 28, 2022 10:43:48   #
f8lee Loc: New Mexico
 
I use Crucial's SSDs, both 1TB and 2TB, as external drives on my M1 MacBook Pro - if that helps. Crucial has been a well respected vendor of memory for decades.

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Apr 28, 2022 11:02:42   #
Papa Joe Loc: Midwest U.S.
 
I've had good luck over the years with Seagate. I just bought an additional one the other day = $60.00 for 2 TB from Amazon
God Bless,
Papa Joe

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Apr 28, 2022 11:08:46   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
If 2 is good 16 is much better, and only $30.

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jimopho wrote:
Hello people, I'm looking to pick up a 2tb external SSD drive to go with my Mac Studio. The prices seem to range kind of widely. Any recommendations? Or ones to avoid? Thanks.

Jim

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Apr 28, 2022 11:13:25   #
f8lee Loc: New Mexico
 


Now, why do I get the feeling that's a typo and it's really a 16GB (or perhaps 16MB) unit? Hmmm.....

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Apr 28, 2022 11:16:18   #
Fotoartist Loc: Detroit, Michigan
 
jimopho wrote:
Hello people, I'm looking to pick up a 2tb external SSD drive to go with my Mac Studio. The prices seem to range kind of widely. Any recommendations? Or ones to avoid? Thanks.

Jim


I bought this 2TB SS drive recently from B&H. It was cheap (and small).



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Apr 28, 2022 11:42:56   #
Ron 717 Loc: Pennsylvania
 
Ednsb wrote:
Yes, don’t buy western digital. And it needs to be thunderbolt 4, not USB-c. OWC has a thunderbolt case for $79 then you put your own SSD chip in it.


I’m curious as to why you say “Don’t buy Western Digital” . Want to see if you experienced the same issues as I did. I have always used WD external HDD’s with no issue. I have an iMac and use the 4 port usb hub that clips onto the lower edge of the iMac. I recently purchased two 3tb portable HDD’s and I cannot backup my photos to the drive using the above mentioned USB hub, it disconnects when the backup starts. I contacted WD tech support regarding the issue and was told they don’t recommend using a USB hub. My previous 2tb WD portable drives work with the hub but not the 3tb drives. They told me that I have to plug directly into the USB port on the rear of my iMac. This means that when I backup to the portables,I have to unplug the usb hub and plug the 3tb portables into the iMac port. Very inconvenient to say the least.

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Apr 28, 2022 11:52:29   #
BboH Loc: s of 2/21, Ellicott City, MD
 
I've been using 2 Seagate's for about3 years with no problems

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Apr 28, 2022 12:39:20   #
jimopho Loc: Maine
 


Okay, smells like too good to be true to me. How is this possible that they can be selling a 16 TB SSD drive for $30?

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Apr 28, 2022 13:59:45   #
DirtFarmer Loc: Way too close to New York City
 


Suspicious.

A few years back there were some thumb drives advertised as 2TBytes for a small price. When you plugged them in they reported 2TBytes free. But when you started to fill them, they would get a couple GBytes in and start overwriting files.

I thought NewEgg was a pretty reputable company, but 16TBytes on a small device shown in the link sounds really suspicious to me.

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Apr 28, 2022 14:11:50   #
Ednsb Loc: Santa Barbara
 
None of the suggestions are thunderbolt, some are even usb 3.0. So as slow as 5 MbPs. Buy HD for less $ if that’s your approach. You didn’t say what the external drive was for, Time Machine backup, data file, or your LightRoom Classic catalog which needs to be as fast as possible so my suggestion of the OWC thunderbolt enclosure so you get 4 times the speed

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Apr 28, 2022 14:18:10   #
Alphabravo2020
 
Not all Western Digital drives are equal. I use the Black Label enterprise drives which have higher life to failure ratings. Also massively large drives depend on less reliable data writing and storage technologies. I stay under about 8 TB.

Edit: sorry I just saw you guys were talking about SSD.

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Apr 28, 2022 14:37:14   #
jimopho Loc: Maine
 
Ednsb wrote:
None of the suggestions are thunderbolt, some are even usb 3.0. So as slow as 5 MbPs. Buy HD for less $ if that’s your approach. You didn’t say what the external drive was for, Time Machine backup, data file, or your LightRoom Classic catalog which needs to be as fast as possible so my suggestion of the OWC thunderbolt enclosure so you get 4 times the speed


I just need a general purpose hard drive mostly to backup image files although I would possibly run time machine on it as well if I'm able to do both.

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Apr 28, 2022 16:14:06   #
PhotogHobbyist Loc: Bradford, PA
 


Sounds like a great deal. I have a total of 4.5 TB on two lap tops and a desk top with an external and haven't filled them yet. I think I can get by with what I have.

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