IMac :: Finding Best External Drive?

Sep 12, 2010

I've got a Refurbished 2009 27' model. Looking for a snazzy external hard drive for time machine.

Since my iMac has Firewire 800, that's the best route. It's also 2 TB's so that's the storage I'm looking for.

How does this look:

As iMac users, our time machines are always exterior so let's post 'em here!

Any drives complement the iMac's simplistic design? Feel free to post you time machine here.

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MacBook Air :: Finding Third Party External DVD Drive?

Oct 23, 2010

I have a Samsung External DVD Drive, will this work with the Air? I see no reason why it wouldn't.... I mean, it looks ugly but it's just as functional.

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Feb 16, 2009

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Aug 26, 2009

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Nov 13, 2010

I have an external hard drive, but it seems to be either corrupt or malfunctioning in some other way. When I plug it in it works fine for a while, but soon after I get a "Disk was not properly ejected" error.

If I try to unplug and plug the disk in again, Finder won't recognise it until I've rebooted my computer.

I can't be bothered rebooting all the time, so is there a process I could kill instead that would relaunch itself and start off "fresh"?

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Jan 3, 2011

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OS X :: Finder Not Finding Files On External Hard Drive?

Jan 28, 2010

finder application stopped finding certain types of files on an external drive. The external drive (WD 80GB) is recognised and I have access to all files, however, when I search for specific files in the finder window it wont find pdf, txt, doc files. It does find picture files such as jpg. I have tried using the drive on my laptop (snow leopard) and macmini (leopard)

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Mar 29, 2012

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Oct 30, 2009

I am currently in the market for a portable external hard drive or enclosure with usb2+fw800. (Any recommendations BTW?)

Is there any time of performance decrease in reading/writing onto the drive if its formated as NFTS and then use NTFS-3G on my Mac? Compared to HFS+ which is Mac's native partition.

My main issue is wanting this external drive to be compatible between my Mac and Windows machines. Also want to run Time Machine backups on the drive,

I know Fat32 would be another option, but not when it comes to large ISOs and 1080p videos larger than 4GB.

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Jul 10, 2009

I'm looking for a external monitor that is compairable in brightness as my iMac's screen. The brand needs to be Samsung, and the look of the Samsung moniter I would prefer to look like the examples below. Why? Because I want it to match my TV. I'm also looking for a small monitor because the space I have is pretty small and I dont want to have to move my iMac and look at it at a angle. I currently have a Samsung SyncMaster 906BW with a 1440 x 900 60hz resolution and its VERY dull compared to my iMac and its at 100% brightness and 85% contrast. Here are some of the screens I'm looking at so far, would they be close to as bright as my iMac's screen?

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IMac :: External Hdd Data Gone - Finding Retrieval Software?

Sep 22, 2009

Ok so i buy an external 4 bay harddrive casing. I have an empty 1TB in the first slot, and put my full 500GB in the second slot. The 500gb doesnt show up in my mac, so i take it out and put it back into its old casing. But now everything is gone, it isnt even "formatted" for mac!!! i had 465GB of data!!! it was full!!!

I have got a screen shot here, of what it says. is there any software out there that will look at the drive and find out if my files are still there?? It is very very important.

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OS X :: Finding IMac 27-inch As External Display For Xbox 360/PS3?

Dec 22, 2009

Today I bought iMac 27-inch. Firstly I planned to buy 21.5 inch, but when I saw this 27-inch I decided to buy it. I've got Core 2 Duo version.

So, I wanna to connect my 360 to this iMac. I have Mini Display -> DVI adapter and than DVI -> HDMI adapter and the problem could be sound. DVI does not transmit any sound. So is there option to play sound from 360 on my iMac or via headphones? What if I connect stereo cables (into mini jack using adapter).

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Dec 31, 2009

my mac has a pioneer dvd drive in it and it wont read my dvd+r dl and I am wanting to burn a mac os 10.5.dmg to it and install 10.5 but the dang thing is ejecting it. So what should I do to get it to work get the external dvd and run it from it or get a external hard drive and try it that way.

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ITunes :: Moving Library To External Hard Drive & Finding Media Location

Apr 27, 2012

I've followed several tutorials on how to get this done, as it seems so simple but it's not working on my end. I've moved the iTunes folder from the /music/ to an external hard drive. I'm opening iTunes, going to Preferences, Advanced, and replacing the iTunes Media folder location to the correct one /Volumes/Volume E/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media  

I'm checking Keep iTunes Media folder organized & Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library, clicking on the "OK" button, and nothing happens. 

Funny enough, Spotify finds it in seconds and I can play my music from that player instead.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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IMac :: Freezes While Using External Hard Drive As Main Drive

Jun 6, 2010

Lately I've been using my external hard drive as the main drive of my imac I5 and every day it freezes when I open 3 or 4 apps or more or while doing several stuff at the same time. This, obviously, doesnt happen when using the internal hard drive of the imac, so I suppose is due to using firewire 800 or usb 2.0. Is it normal for every external hard drive to freeze when using it as the main drive or maybe is it that my external hard drive is bad?

I'm planning on buying a more quieter external hard drive to use as the main drive of my imac, but I wont do so if it also keeps freezing every day. Any suggestions? Is it normal even when using firewire 800? When using the external hard drive I umount the internal drive of the imac. Maybe this is the reason? Its a Lacie Big Disk 500GB. Would an external SSD make a difference or would it still freeze?

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IMac :: External Storage - Ssd Drive - 2TB Hard Drive

Nov 22, 2010

I'm curious what people use for external storage on their iMacs. I have a Mac Pro which is getting a little long in the tooth. I'm debating whether to get a new Mac Pro or to get an iMac, which would be a pretty good speed bump from my Mac Pro 1,1. I'd get the ssd drive, and the 2TB harddrive and get aftermarket RAM. But what I like about the Mac Pro is the upgrades you can do. And I like the four hard drive bays, for storage and backup. I've got over 3 TB of photos and music/tv/movies, so I'm going to need an external drive. In addition, I'd like to be able to backup everything. Is there an elegant way to do this on an iMac with an external drive that isn't super loud and hot?

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IMac :: PC External Hard Drive To Mac?

Jul 2, 2009

I don't know if this was covered or not, but I couldn't find anything on it. I have an external hard drive that is formatted to my PC. I want to use it for my Mac but I can't edit, delete, copy files because it's formatted to my PC. Now, is there a way to format it to Mac without taking everything off and putting it back on?

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Apr 17, 2012

How can I get *computer* to use external DVD drive? (1.8 GHz PowerPC G5 Version 10.3.9)

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Sep 28, 2010

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If i Reformat the one with the files so i can copy it using my imac would i lose my files in there?

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Mar 11, 2009

which external hard drive (for backup purposes) or empty hard drive enclosure (so I can buy my own drive and install) to get for an iMac, which meets the following criteria:

- has Firewire 800 (or Firewire 800 and USB 2)
- stylish to look at (preferably matches the current iMac)
- has a good quality, reliable hard drive (no cheapo Maxtor drive or whatever)
- preferably is bus-powered (saves yet another wall-wart and power cable)

If it comes with a drive mechanism it should be around 400 to 500 GB.

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IMac :: External Hard Drive From Vista On Mac?

May 23, 2009

First let me say I just bought my first mac yesterday and I LOVE it! i am so glad i am finally using a mac!

Now onto the little issue:

I have a 500gb external hard drive with a Music , Anime, Books, and Movies folder. I tried deleting the music folder and I could not, so I used my old vista laptop with the hard drive and deleted it. Then I plugged the hard drive back into the mac, now there is a $recycle.bin folder that i can not get rid of, i can put it in the trash, but can not empty the trash.

I tried downloading NTFS-3G Stable Read/Write Driver, but it does not do anything.

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IMac :: 20' Not Recognizing External Optical Drive?

Dec 5, 2009

We have a imac 20" bought 9 months ago, Im in school and bought adobe suite and a printer, installed the printer with the internal optical drive, I go to install the adobe suite and the optic drive accepts the dvd and then just kicks it out! so it is toast, the apple guys gave me a repair depot to take the Imac to.

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Jan 18, 2010

I'm looking to format my external, which i did but one question under Info it says

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Used : 579.4 MB on disk (579,424,256 bytes)

What is the used space about? When it should be 100% empty?

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IMac :: External USB Drive Disconnects Randomly

Jun 12, 2010

I have had my new iMac 21.5" for about 2 weeks now. Yesterday I picked up a 500 GB LaCie USB Drive to be used for my Time Machine drive. I have the drive connected directly to a usb port on the iMac. Sometimes when the iMac goes to sleep, when I wake up the iMac I get the dreaded "This Drive Has Not Been Disconnected Properly" warning.

I have made sure that the "Put Hard Disk(s) to Sleep Whenever Possible" option is not selected under the Energy Preferences. I have tried multiple usb ports, same issue. This isn't a constant issue, it just happens sometimes. Is there anyway to tell Time Machine to mount and unmount my drive when needed?

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IMac :: Plugged In External Drive - How To Delete

Aug 13, 2010

I connected my external hard drive, formatted to ntfs.

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How do i get around this?

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Mar 17, 2012

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Jul 2, 2012

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Dec 12, 2014

I have a seagate external drive that I used to back up my windows 7 computer. My windows hard disk totally died so now I want to transfer all the files I need on to my mac.  I bought the mac because I knew the windows unit was on it's way out. I am just not sure what to do now that it is reality.  I have a hard time with this mac since all I have ever used was the windows stuff.  I tried to find something in the FAQ but nothing is as close to what I want. 

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IMac :: External Hard Drive Constantly Being Read

Sep 5, 2010

For some reason my Lacie external drive that's hooked up to my imac is constantly being read for no reason. It's never idle and never rests until I eject it. I'm afraid the drive's gonna fail soon and all my work gone? Did a search but can't find anything online.

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