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    Macbook Air (Late 2010) 27.08 GB
    The newbie has some questions.
    Sorry for being such a noob, I've had my Mac for almost a year and haven't really gotten with the system. >.<

    First, I've heard all over that I should get an external hard drive that has it's own power source for my Macbook Air, If so where could I find one that would fit my budget?

    Also, What would be a good screen recorder? I honestly don't have 100$ to pay for some software that may just turn out to be what I wasn't looking for. I know I'm being cheap about this but I paid 1,000$ for a laptop so I really can't throw around money carelessly.

    Thanks in advance ;3

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    Sawday's Avatar
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    Nov 19, 2006
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    York, UK
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    iMac: 24" Aluminium, 2.8 GHz, 4Gb RAM. iPad2, iPad mini2, iPhone5s
    You don't say what your budget is. Have you thought of Amazon for starters.
    Experience teaches you to recognise a mistake when you make it again.

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    Oct 06, 2007
    Location
    Seattle, WA
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    201
    Specs:
    13" MBP - Mid 2012 - i7 / iPad Air / iPhone 5s / ATV3
    External HDD:

    Western Digital My Book for Mac 1TB 3.5" USB 2.0 $99

    Newegg.com - Western Digital My Book for Mac 1TB 3.5&#34; USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive Model WDBAAG0010HCH-NESN

    For a Firewire model, add $60

    Don't know about a screen recorder.

    -MikeM

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    Member Since
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    Macbook Air (Late 2010) 27.08 GB
    @sawday it's about $400 or how much I have in my savings.

    @MikeM Thanks, I swear I saw that at Best buy only it was priced higher.

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    17 inch 2 GHz C2D imac (5,1) with 3GB DDR2 RAM, X1600 (128MB memory) GPU - OSX 10.6.3
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeM View Post
    I own this exact external hard drive. And have it partitioned up. 500MB for Time Machine and 500MB for other stuff. And it just works very well. I would recommend it.

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    Dec 12, 2009
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    Midland,Tx
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    iMac 27" 2.66GHz i5, 1TB HDD, 12GB RAM, OS X 10.7.3, iPod Classic 160GB,iPad 1 64GB Wi-fi, iPhone 4S
    +1 for the WD My Book Essential. I have 2 of them that I use: one for Time Machine and one as a data drive. When I got them, I did have one of them fail just short of a month after getting it, but Target (where I bought them) replaced it, and I have had no issues with them in just over a year now. I don't fault WD for the drive failing like it did....it's one of those things that can happen to any piece of electronics.

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    Jan 31, 2011
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    South Bend, IN
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    Mac Book Pro 15" 2.4 GHz. Core i5 4GB 1067 MHz. DDR-3 Ram
    I picked up a 1 TB Seagate at Wal Mart a few weeks ago. Sticker was $99.00 but it came with a $20 gift card so it only was $79.00 bucks. Hooks up and get's it's power from the USB jack. So far it has worked like a charm.
    Russ

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    Feb 09, 2011
    Location
    Hong Kong
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    Specs:
    21" 3.6GHz Core i5 iMac, 12GB Crucial RAM
    This looked very good to me:

    Iomega 1TB eGo Desktop Hard Drive, Mac Edition
    -Two FireWire 800 ports and one USB 2.0 port
    -Download of Iomega Protection Suite for security
    -HFS+ formatted for ease of use right out of the box
    -Silver color to match the latest Mac models

    On the Apple store; $139
    21" 3.6GHz Core i5 iMac "Sputnik" ■ 12GB Crucial RAM ■ Monsoon flat-panel speakers ■ HP P1006 LaserJet printer ■ Full Keyboard ■ Canoscan 9000F flatbed scanner ■ ...and then of course me (being a narcissist, I consider this to be the most important mod).

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    Mar 17, 2009
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    2008 15" MBP Yosemite, 2012 21.5" iMac Yosemite
    QuickTime 10 has screen recording built in.

    I also own a WD external drive. Seem to be fine quality products. Backups are essential regardless of what OS you're using.
    64GB iPhone 6, 64GB iPad Air 2.

    Reminder: Please include your Mac's specs. This will make it much easier for the other members to assist you.

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