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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Mar 22, 2011
    Somewhere in Minecraft running away from creepers.
    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

  2. #2

    Sawday's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 19, 2006
    York, UK
    24" Aluminium, 2.8 GHz, 4Gb RAM. iPad2, iPhone5s
    You don't say what your budget is. Have you thought of Amazon for starters.
    Happiness is not getting what you want, but wanting what you get.

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    MikeM's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 06, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    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 - 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.


  4. #4

    Member Since
    Mar 22, 2011
    Somewhere in Minecraft running away from creepers.
    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.

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Jan 27, 2007
    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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    Chef_eam's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 12, 2009
    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's one of those things that can happen to any piece of electronics.

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    gtirr's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 31, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    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.

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    Phacade's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 09, 2011
    Hong Kong
    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).

  9. #9

    MYmacROX's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 17, 2009
    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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