Looking to purchase an external hard drive for LR4....suggestions?

Started Jan 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
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malch Forum Pro • Posts: 13,183
Re: Looking to purchase an external hard drive for LR4....suggestions?

hat view wrote:

USB3 is what we have. Thanks for the help!

Here are three decent options:

1. The Western Digital MyBook Essential has USB3 and is inexpensive (3TB for $150 at B&H). On the downside, you'll probably get a 5400rpm spinner. I think they're fine for photos but I would make sure the LR catalog is on a faster drive (SSD is best).

2. If you want a 7200rpm drive with a great build quality (nice metal case with fins for cooling) the Lacie products are great (but pricey).

3. I have also bought bare SATA drives (e.g. WD Caviar Greens) and installed them in an enclosure with USB3 interface. However, if you plan on running the drive continuously, get a decent enclosure with adequate cooling. If you hate fan noise like me, look for passive cooling.

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