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    n3t0x
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    Need Good deal on external Hard Drive
    Since im starting to work with photoshop, flash, and IDVD im realizing that i will need an external hard drive for my Ibook, so im searching for good deals.

    I have about $200 bucks to spend and was hoping to buy from a range of 150 to 300 GB. hard drives

    can anybody recommend me a place with good deals??

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    If you make one yourself using an external enclosure, preferably with a fan, and an internal burner the price will drop significantly. I've heard the magic number for external HDs are 50 cents a gb. Keep that in mind when shopping for one.

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    You try ebay? I dont know alot about hard drives... but I use ebay alot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by munch
    If you make one yourself using an external enclosure, preferably with a fan, and an internal burner the price will drop significantly. I've heard the magic number for external HDs are 50 cents a gb. Keep that in mind when shopping for one.
    I paid a dolllar a gig for mine. (500gb lacie at the apple store a year ago)
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    Quote Originally Posted by n3t0x
    Since im starting to work with photoshop, flash, and IDVD im realizing that i will need an external hard drive for my Ibook, so im searching for good deals.

    I have about $200 bucks to spend and was hoping to buy from a range of 150 to 300 GB. hard drives

    can anybody recommend me a place with good deals??
    Here is what I did. Staples has a 200GB hard drive for $40, after rebates.
    Look here: http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/st...plesZipCodeAdd
    If the link doesn't work, look for item # 504517 at staples.com.

    Newegg has a USB 2.0 enclosure that works with OS X, Windows and Linux for $30 shipped.
    Look here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817146307

    There you go, a great USB 2.0 200GB external hard drive for under $75.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timswim78
    Here is what I did. Staples has a 200GB hard drive for $40, after rebates.
    Look here: http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/st...plesZipCodeAdd
    If the link doesn't work, look for item # 504517 at staples.com.

    Newegg has a USB 2.0 enclosure that works with OS X, Windows and Linux for $30 shipped.
    Look here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817146307

    There you go, a great USB 2.0 200GB external hard drive for under $75.
    That's the way to go, but I would recommend getting an enclosure with a fan. Those HDD can really heat up. I got this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817145656

    It's a little more expensive, but the fan keeps the HD nice and cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by munch
    That's the way to go, but I would recommend getting an enclosure with a fan. Those HDD can really heat up. I got this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817145656

    It's a little more expensive, but the fan keeps the HD nice and cool.
    One of the photos shows the driver CD - for windoze. Is OS X smart enough not to need that? But this is the enclosure, not the drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radarbob
    One of the photos shows the driver CD - for windoze. Is OS X smart enough not to need that? But this is the enclosure, not the drive.
    You don't need the disc. Just pop in a HD, format it through disc utility, then it will work. And yes, this is just the enclosure. You need a HD on top of it.

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    I forgot to mention that firewire drives are often faster than USB 2.0 drives, on OS X.

    Also, OS X can boot from an external firewire drive, but it cannot boot from an external USB 2.0 drive.

    (The reason that I bought the USB enclosure is that I partitioned the drive for use with Linux, OS X, and Windows and use it on machines without firewire ports).

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