Are you running short of storage on your Mac and looking for the best hard drive? 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 to buy in 2017
Hard Drive With Best Security
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
Available in two versions: 500 GB and 1 TB. Buffalo MiniStation Air2 is very handy and weigh less than 300gm with 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.
Best Cheap Hard Drive For Mac
Seagate Backup Plus SLIM
If you are looking for MAC external hard drive that is portable and very light in weight, Backup Plus SLIM 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 SLIM is the perfect option for that as a backup is very easy on this hard drive.
LaCie d2 Thunderbolt
Another best external hard drive to come with huge storage options such as 3TB, 4TB, and 6TB. But this is not portable. 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.
Best Performing External Hard Drive
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.
Best Sturdy External Hard Drive
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’. 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. 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
Its ability to store massive amounts of photos, videos and data are the reason to choose it over others. 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. This drive also works with Time Machine to backup your data automatically. It 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.
Best Cheap And Robust External Hard Drive For Mac
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.
The best external hard drives for Mac you can buy in 2017 are listed here. They come in various ranges, while some of them are bit expensive, most of the hard drives are within affordable ranges. Go through the feature and specs of the hard drives and get the one that is best suited for you.