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Which External Hard Drive should I buy/Do you suggest?


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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...y+Book&x=0&y=0

pretty decent, and not too expensive. cant beat the brand either!

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I have the MyBook pro and it is a great piece of work. I also was looking at the LaCie d2 quadra because of the quad interface and the 500GB size. I would suggest those 2. Whatever you decide you should definately get one that has Firewire on it.

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im going to be purchasing a few of the 500gb mybook pros soon.

just waiting for price to come down a bit more, or for when i fill externals i have up.

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I'm looking for a portable one that isn't too heavy and is kind of on the smaller size. I was reading some about the rugged lacie ones, but I'm not really digging the orange. Anyone have any recommendations? Firewire would probably be the best bet. Thanks in advance.

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I believe western digital makes one that is called the passport. It is bus powered to but it is USB. I found 5 on newegg.com and they are the Firelite by Smartdisk and Aegis Portable by Apricorn. Neither of which company I have heard.

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go on newegg, buy a nice firewire 400 enclosure 3.5", 40-50$.

try to get one that has a sata internal connection. and just buy a 500gb hd for 130$

under 180$ you can have something that would cost over 200$

or, if u just wanna get something...look at the Western Digital MyBooks.

they come in usb only, usb/fw400, and i think there is one that is fw800.

usb will be cheapest, but id spend the extra 15$ and get the one with fw400.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...y+Book&x=0&y=0
theres a link, just get what u want size wise.
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Hey there

Id also recommend the "Mybook" series as a good choice!

As for formatting, you have nothing to worry about, just plug it in, and your good to go ^_^

If you want more flexibility AND you are only going to be using your external HDD on Mac OSX then feel free to format it to the HFS+ file system. (Formatting a hard drive to HFS+ on MacOSX can be found using google )

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I just got a Lacie External Drive (Firewire) 160gb. I was just wondering what the rest of you all have regarding External Drives.

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a 3.5" 160GB Maxtor that requires a/c power.
fully formatted in FAT32, mainly used for backups, connected very infrequently.

a 2.5" 120GB Maxtor
fully formatted FAT32, mainly used for music and photo backups. travels with me to work every day.

a 2.5" 80GB Western Digital that came out of my dead 17" HP pavillion
fully formatted HFS+, soley for extra space and some backups on the macbook.



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a 3.5" 200gb Maxtor IDE inside a Macally 3.5" 100ac usb/fw enclosure.

a 3.5" 200gb Maxtor IDE inside a Macally 5.25 500BC usb/fw.

i would never buy another brand enclosure, these are wonderful, and worth the average price they cost!

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OWC Mercury Elite Pro enclosure usb/fw400/fw800/eSATA
with a Seagate 750GB

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I have a 500GB Western Digital MyBook Pro. So far it only has my iTunes library on it.
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300Gb seagate USB

80Gb drive that I use to have in my Macbook before the upgrade to 160Gb USB/FW

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I know a guy who is into p2p software, like Limewire and soulseek. Get this he has TWO 1TB drives, for all of his Movies, "special" videos, music, applications. This guy is like a world archive

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