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


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200 GB Maxtor OneTouch II
200 GB Maxtor Internal HD + External Enclosure
20 GB Maxtor I found laying around.
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is anybody using an airport base station to network these drives? how reliable is it? can it stream audio/video in itunes??

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8 Bay USB 2 External case with:

2 x 400Gb

2 x 300Gb

1 x 160Gb

1 x 120Gb

1 x 80Gb

1 x open bay.


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I just bought mine a few days ago and decided to leave it on while I went about my daily business only to come home and discover the ring was pulsating even when my machine is turned off. It's connected via FW800 to a MBP. Personally, I don't like wasting energy even if it is just the LED that's consuming it.

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8 Bay USB 2 External case with:

2 x 400Gb

2 x 300Gb

1 x 160Gb

1 x 120Gb

1 x 80Gb

1 x open bay.
****! Very nice. I thought I had too many hard drives. Just curious, but do you really use more than 1TB of stuff? I'm assuming you have tons of videos.

I have a 20GB sitting here, if you want to fill up your last bay for $10.
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****! Very nice. I thought I had too many hard drives. Just curious, but do you really use more than 1TB of stuff? I'm assuming you have tons of videos.

I have a 20GB sitting here, if you want to fill up your last bay for $10.
I'd say all of the drives are at least 1/2 full. The 400s and 300s are used for Music only (see my sig picture), the 160 is for Multi-Media (pictures, small video clips, small sound clips etc), the 80Gb is just for Music Videos and the 120Gb is for misc stuff.

I also have 3 x 500Gb internal drives and 1 x 250Gb internal drive. The 250Gb is my boot drive, 1 500Gb is just movies for my iPod and the other 2 x 500Gb are TV shows for my iPod.

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what external hard drive do you guys recommend for storing just ripped dvds. ill be starting college in august and i want to rip some of my favorite movies so i dont have to bring the disc. im looking at a 500 gig western digital, but you guys might have other recommendations. any help would be awsome
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I picked up a 500GB WD MyBook external drive yesterday. It's great. Hooked it up to the firewire and in an instant I was ready to go. Installed the Western Digital backup software (i know there are free programs too) and backed up my system right away.

Right away I backed up my harddrive. It's nice and small and the transfer was pretty fast. Generally for externals firewire is the preferred interface.

It was a great deal too it was $179CAD for the 500GB mybook premium. Futureshop (best buy cousin up here) was selling the 500GB mybook essential( no firewire and only one usb2.0) for $339CAD. A local computer store was selling the 500 Premium for $299. So it was too good of a deal to pass up.
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thanks for your reply i was leaning towards that one too. ill probally go pick it up tomorrow
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Good evening,

I will soon be purchasing my first Apple computer (when the new iMac is released) and I am trying to find out the best backup options I will have. I plan to use Leopard's Time Machine and an external hard drive. Since I would like this to back up automatically each night, that means keeping the hard drive on all night and maybe all day. The question I am asking myself is if it is okay to run an external harddrive on all day/night. My current drive is a Seagate 299GB ST3200823A-RK and I believe it has a built in fan.

I am wondering if anyone here leaves their external drive on 24/7 and also if there is one type that is better than another for this type of usage. Thank you in advance to anyone that can help me.
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So in the next few days ill be getting my MBP, 15 inch, 2.4 Ghz, 2 gig of ram (for now), glossy screen, and so on and so on.

I'm a new windows convert, and on my windows computer i have a western digital 250GB external, but that will stick with the windows which will still see some use here and there, also its completely full.

So for my MBP i want something thats 750GB or 1TB that will be on almost all the time....with that in mind here are my questions:

-Do i want firewire or USB 2.0?

-Should i get an external hard drive, or an external enclosure and then put a hard drive in it? What are the advantages/ disadvantages of each.

-And finally what would you guys recommend in my situation, i dont want to spend a ton, but i need somethign thats reliable, has a ton of space, and is reasonably quick.

Also what else should i look for when shopping for them?


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I would get firewire, as it will be faster. What's the most you want to spend? I just bought a 1TB western digital MyBook for about $375 at Best Buy.

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I can likely work that out, its more than i want to spend, but it'll be worth it down the road, although ive heard reports of WD drives burning out firewire ports? know anything about that?

Also im assuming yours has fire wire right? And how big is it? out of curiousity

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