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    external hard drive
    i need a 320GB external hard drive to back up my mac. any brands that are better than others?

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    Get a Seagate or a Western Digital and you will be good.

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    Any is good - Iomega, Seagae, etc....they are all the same, just get the cheapest one you can get that meets your specs. Don't spend a fortune.

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    Another vote for WD.

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    We're a three mac household and have a Freecom, WD Studio 2 and Iomega between us. No problems to report from any.
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    I have Seagate externals. One is a 1T, partitioned into two 500G spaces. The only problem with it is that it goes to sleep after 60 seconds, which means that I have to wait for the spinning beach ball to go away when I want to open/save a file because somehow the entire directory structure has to be online and active before you can do that. It's an annoyance that is documented here. I've tried what was recommended but the drive still spins down after 60 seconds of inactivity. Other than that, it's a good unit.

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    What does anyone think about Vantec?

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    thanks to all for the input...i have a 2 GB 667 MHz memory...how much do you think i will need for a backup? i've only used 148GB of my memory on this computer.

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    What? No votes for Hitachi? The brand Apple uses in their MBPs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by McBie View Post
    Get a Seagate or a Western Digital and you will be good.

    Cheers ... McBie
    I concur.
    It is not normal for a computer to constantly crash, freeze, and become infected by thousands of malicious programs. Microsoft has just convinced you that this is all normal.

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    I go with Lacie from Apple have for years, no problems I have 3 externals (All Lacies)

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    Quote Originally Posted by iNAP View Post
    I go with Lacie from Apple have for years, no problems I have 3 externals (All Lacies)
    Just to clarify this, Apple doesn't make LaCie drives. You mean you bought them from Apple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    Just to clarify this, Apple doesn't make LaCie drives. You mean you bought them from Apple.
    Exactly
    I have faith in them simply BECAUSE apple sells them

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    Quote Originally Posted by suwee30 View Post
    thanks to all for the input...i have a 2 GB 667 MHz memory...how much do you think i will need for a backup? i've only used 148GB of my memory on this computer.
    You are confusing memory with Disk Space. The 2Gb 667 Mhz bears no relation to the size of hard disk you need, nor does the amount of disk space (not memory!) that you have left. Just how big is your existing disk - allow at least double that for your backup disk.
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