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8TB Portable HD recommendations needed

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  1. AlphaOmega2010

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    I currently use a Seagate 5TB portable drive to store basically everything (my Lightroom Catalog & photos, my videos, documents, music etc), so this means very little is stored on my Mac HD, and doesn't slow it down, especially when doing post-production on photos or video. The drive was formatted to exFat when I bought it, and this means that when I was travelling between home, work and college I could plug my drive into any machine (Win or Mac) I can access my LR catalog and edit my work anywhere.

    However, the drive is almost full, and I wanted to upgrade to a larger portable drive (at least 8TB). However I am finding it difficult to find an 8TB drive that doesn't require an external power source. It's not a problem at home just plugging the power lead into a socket, but in work or college there often aren't accessible sockets within reach, so it's vital that the 8TB drive can do the same as my current 5TB drive and take its power from the Mac itself.

    I did order the following: https://www.photospecialist.ie/lacie-porsche-design-p-9233-8tb-drive-usb-3-0#group5315
    It seemed to fix the bill, because it's USB 3.0, although it has a USB-C socket, which I've not seen on any drives before. I think it's meant to suit people connecting to their Macbooks or phones. However after I ordered I discovered that the drive needs an external power source, and also I found a lot of reviews online on Amazon where people were complaining about the awful quality of the USB cables that shipped with the drive, and in some cases fried the drive on the very first use!

    I also found the following, but again it seems to need an external power source: https://www.mymemory.ie/seagate-8tb...xternal-hard-drive-7200rpm-usb-3-0-5gb-s.html

    Does anyone have any better suggestions please? And as I'm based in Ireland, anything shipping from The UK or The EU would be cheapest.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance, it's much appreciated.
     
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    Just a word of advise;
    I would be REALLY sure to have at the very minimum two copies of this data on separate media. ALL drives fail; it is only a question of when the drive will fail.

    With that much data, I would consider a NAS. You can access this from anywhere [as long as you have internet/wifi]
     
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    Don't worry, of course I backup, I use CrashPlan to backup to an on-site desktop drive, and another backup to CP Central. Thanks for the tip though!
     
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    If the 5GB Seagate drives are still available maybe you could buy another.
     
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    Try searching for Seagate Innov8

    Found one for sale here: https://www.disctech.com/Seagate-ST...MIl-_PnoaW3wIVGEsNCh1WOwozEAkYASABEgLvQ_D_BwE

    But, 1) make sure it has a Seagate Serial Number or the warranty is no good. And 2) make sure your device has a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port so there is enough power to spin all those spinning platters (at 5,400 RPM).
     
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