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Member Since: Feb 25, 2005
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Mac Specs: Mac Mini 1.58 - 60 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive - 1 GB PC3200 & 1.33 Ghz 12" iBook w/ 80 GB 7200 RPM HD

mcsenerd is offline response would be:

1.) With Disk utility you can format the drive as long as you can get it hooked up with an external enclosure.
2.) I don't think they've produced an IDE drive yet that showed honest performance improvement in a single drive setup by going to ata133...I'm sure if I'm wrong...others will pipe up and school me.
3.) If you're going to put the drive into a external enclosure and you're still getting the longer drive warranty...why worry about the "extras" that come with a retail package. Are you going to need an IDE cable? (your enclosure of choice likely will already have one) Are you going to need their data transfer software? (Usually these can be downloaded from their sites anyway) If you don't need these things...why not save some cash...and go with the OEM version?
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