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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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build it yourself, i used newegg to build mine
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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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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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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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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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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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