Blake.PBrand new 2015 retina mbp 15". I plan on using my current 1tb drive for archiving so I'm looking for something that I can store media files on for editing. Price isn't so much an issue, I don't want to spend a ton but I'd be willing to drop 200 for a good solution (or more if absolutely necessary)
Thanks for providing me with more information Blake! If you are just looking to store media I think the Guardian Maximus from OWC will suite your needs well. Its a RAID1 configuration meaning that half of your storage space is used for working, and the other half is being mirror so that everything is backed up. If you have 2gb in the array, then only 1gb is being used and the other 1gb is being mirrored or backed up. Once the drives are full you can swap out and add in a new one. The HDD in this system are much cheaper to purchase. The fastest port in the drive for you will be USB 3.0.
I'll suggest anything from G-Technology or Western Digital. LaCie is a great brand as well, but I have had bad luck with their drives in the past so no longer purchase them.
There's much to explain about storage solutions, so I am not going to go in depth about every detail. Here's a quick explanation that may help you pick out the right storage solution for you.
Being that you have a 2015 MBP, it has 2x Thunderbolt ports, and 1x USB port. Thunderbolt is still new to the computer world, but it will give you the fastest connection out there. USB 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 are not by any means a standard connection in the film world. People still swear by using eSATA, but thunderbolt still beats out that connection. Anyways.... you get what you pay for. In your price range of $200; if you want a drive that will give you slower speeds with more storage, look for something that has a USB 3.0 connection. If you want a faster drive with less amount of storage space go for a drive that has a thunderbolt connection. Thunderbolt is also meant to be daisy chained, but USB 3.0 is not. Also keep note of the speed of the drive, 7200 RPM drives are typically faster than a 5400 RPM drive. HDD as gone down in price tremendously over the years, but is still not cheap!
Sorry if I was not able to provide you with a specific model of hard drive. Do some searching around to see what might suite your needs best. Hard drives are very important in the post production world! We can't let these things fail! It's alway a good idea to have your media/project backed up in 2-3 places, incase one drive fails!
Hope this helps and happy editing!