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Hey, everybody.

I'm sure this has been answered before, but I was wondering if it was possible. Would I be able to buy a hard drive to keep only my music/ other sort of file. This will give me more space. Can I do that, or do I have to upgrade? I couldn't find it in apple help, so I came here.

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Best Buy has (had?) external HD's on sale recently. Some were as low as $65-95 (US)
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I should explain exactly what I want to do, perhaps. I want to plug in the HD through USB/ Firewire, and move files from my built in HD into the new one in order to free up some space. Is this possible, or do I have to buy Leopard for the new HD, etc?

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I want to plug in the HD through USB/ Firewire, and move files from my built in HD into the new one in order to free up some space. Is this possible, or do I have to buy Leopard for the new HD, etc?
No, the OS has little or nothing to do with it. You're looking to use your external HD for storage only. Looking into the future, should you wish to use the ehd to boot a computer, then you will need to partition the EHD, one part for a boot and OS sector, the other storage only.

For storage only, and for Mac only, format the ehd HFS (or HFS+),
For storage only, and for both Mac & Win, format the ehd FAT32 (or MS-DOS).

Most people put an ehd into an enclosure, combo firewire/USB is probably best. However, you can get away, as I do, with a less costly option, and that is to use a USB2-ATA(SATA) adaptor. Firewire is quicker.
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Thanks. So, I can say, have applications in one HD, and some on the other. I want to have the External HD for music and stuff for my iPod, so maybe all my music and iTunes?

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Thanks. So, I can say, have applications in one HD, and some on the other. I want to have the External HD for music and stuff for my iPod, so maybe all my music and iTunes?
YES that is possible. Just buy a external hard drive and that is it.
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