Mac OS is the powerful operating system in which everything from playing games, watching movies to all types official job is done effortlessly. So it is not strange that you might be short of memory any time and will be in need of extra storage space. Apple has introduced so many external hard drives for MAC to expand the memory. The options are huge which can make anyone perplexed to decide what to get and what not. We are discussing here the best external hard drive for mac along with their features and performance to help you out in going in the right decision.
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List of best external hard drive for Mac
If you are planning to get the best external hard drive for MAC, Time Capsule is the most reliable, and it comes with 3TB and 2TB storage space. Those who are in need of more MAC hard drive can consider having the 3TB one. Packed with so many interesting features, this Time, Capsule is not comparable with any other storage devices. With high-speed wireless connectivity of dual-band 802.11ac wi-fi , this hard drive can make many things done in just 1 minute. The high connectivity allows the users to connect with all types of apple products and almost 50 users can use it simultaneously. Also, when it comes to security, Time Capsule is the best of all.
Buffalo MiniStation Air 2.
This is another useful external hard drive for MAC which is considered as the second best option. This is available in two versions: 500 GB and 1 TB. Buffalo MiniStation Air2 is very handy which is around less than 300gm and has a thickness of 18mm that made it easy to carry it everywhere. A 3.0 interface USB cable is there to connect the MAC hard drive with MAC or PC. Also, faster wireless connectivity let the users connect it with iPad and the iPhone. This drive is also used with android devices to stream music, videos and photos.
It has a rechargeable battery that is made to provide around 12 hours of Wi-Fi connectivity, also, this battery can be used for recharging the iPhone or iPad.
Seagate Backup Plus SIM .
If you are looking for MAC external hard drive that is portable and very light in weight, Backup Plus SIM is among the best. It comes in 9.6 mm thickness and weighs about 150 gm. This storage solution is available in 3 options: 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB so you can get the one according to your storage needs. But the sizes and weight are same for all the versions. The dashboard is the software that is packed with this storage device. This Dashboard is used for downloading photos from various websites. Also, if you need to have additional copies of the downloaded photos, Backup Plus SIM is the perfect option for that as a backup is very easy on this hard drive.
LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2.
This is a really good external hard drive that comes with huge storage options such as 3TB, 4TB, and 6TB. But it’s a bit heavier so you can’t carry it with you. This hard drive has an aluminum case body to reduce the vibration and noise. Apart from a USB 3.0 port, it is also packed with dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for greater compatibility. There is an option to d2 SSD upgrade that can boost up the speed up to 1150 MB/s.
This is the best option for all those who require the drive to be portable. It comes with 500GB and 1TB storage, but it is also available in other storage options. Thunderbolt port is responsible for faster performance. RAID 0 and RAID 1 are other features supported by it to provide maximum performance and greater backup of all files.
My Cloud comes with various storage options such as 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, and 6TB. You can save everything and have access to it all anywhere – on the MAC, PC, Smartphone, tablet etc. Packed with a Gigabit Ethernet interface, it can be connected to the home or office network easily. Every version of this drive comes with My cloud software that is able to detect the drive when it is connected to the network and then help you with easy installation guiding.
G-Tech G-Drive ev ATC.
This hard drive has a powerful design. What made us put it on our list is its superb resiliency. The ATC which stands for ‘All Terrain Case’.
While the case and hard drive can be separated for those who may not want to carry the rather bulky case everywhere, I find no reason to part with the case because of its abilities to handle so much. It can withstand half a ton in pressure and can survive a fall from two meters. The water and dust resistant case can also be dunked in water for 30 seconds without the hard drive giving in. In fact with the case on, the hard drive will simply float back up to the surface.
But if you decide to stay indoors and do not foresee any trips and falls then the hard drive can be used without its case as well. It has 1TB of storage and a USB 3.0. If you buy it from the Apple Store then it comes with the Thunderbolt interface so that it can be used with the Macs, but if you intend to buy this online, you will get the ordinary USB 3.0 version.
Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo.
This hard drive has been around for a while, but we still love this chunky drive because of its ability to store massive amounts of photos, videos and data. It features two internal drives that can be removed if you plan to swap in a new drive to store more data. It starts with a minimum of 4TB and goes up to 8TB.
The Thunderbolt Duo supports RAID 0 and RAID 1 which provides speed and security to its users. So photographers and video editors who need to store data and are relying on strong performance along with security to save their work, this hard drive will match their needs perfectly.
This drive also works with Time Machine to backup your data automatically. It still uses Thunderbolt 1.0 for connectivity but we find this hard drive to be one that performs well and allows a lot of data storage.
ioSafe Solo G3.
The G3 is one of the heaviest hard drives that I have come across. It comes with layers and layers of protection to ensure that the hard drive can survive extreme conditions without any problems. When I say extreme conditions I am talking about surviving up to 1550 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes and being submerged in up to 10 feet water for 3 days.
The Solo G3 is a quiet strong device so you will not have to deal with a lot of noise or humming in the background while using this hard drive. But where the company has spent a lot on protecting the hard drive from external damage, there isn’t much that has been done to protect it from internal failure. Meaning, if the Solo G3 fails because of mechanical defects or general wear and tear then there isn’t much that you may be able to do about the data that is lost.
With just one hard drive on the inside, the device does not support any RAID configurations which makes it susceptible to lose of data due to internal damage.
LaCie Christofle Sphere.
For those who are inclined towards beauty and design, the Christofle Sphere is an irresistible device. It is more of a lovely piece of accessory for your Mac than an external storage device. The handcrafted silver-plated chassis puts a hefty price tag to this hard drive, but one look at it and you won’t mind paying that extra bit for this exquisite looking hard drive.
It is a bus-powered USB 3.0 external drive which has had its chassis designed by renowned French maker of fine silverware, Christofle. The external drive offers a storage of 1TB and displays a strong performance. It includes a software suite which helps you keep your data safe. This is an elegant piece of hardware that is meant for people who love the stylish stuff. But if you were looking for something affordable and basic, then the Christofle Sphere may not be the best for you. While there is no doubt that everyone will find it attractive, chances are that you may not want to spend on this an amount that you can use to get twice the storage space or even more.