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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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You don't say what your budget is. Have you thought of Amazon for starters.

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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" USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive Model WDBAAG0010HCH-NESN

For a Firewire model, add $60

Don't know about a screen recorder.

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@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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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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+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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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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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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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.

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