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    western digital hard drive...your thoughts?
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    western digital hard drive...your thoughts?
    i am looking at this hard drive because it is on newegg for real cheap...i was wondering if it would work as an external hd for my PB running 10.3.8

    TIA
    chris

    Western Digital 200GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model WD2000JB, OEM Drive Only

    Model# WD2000JB
    Item # N82E16822144129

    Specifications:
    Capacity: 200GB
    Average Seek Time: 8.9 ms
    Buffer: 8MB
    Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
    Interface: IDE ULTRA ATA100
    Features: High-performance with 8MB Buffer
    Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years
    Packaging: OEM Drive Only

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    western digital hard drive...your thoughts?
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    You absolutely could use it as an external drive with a firewire enclosure. I've always like WD drives personally.
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    western digital hard drive...your thoughts?
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    my 3 concerns were (as i should have mentioned before)
    1) formatting it (how to?)
    2)ata100 vs ata 133
    3)"oem drive only" vs "retail" packaging

    -chris

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    western digital hard drive...your thoughts?

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    Well...my response would be:

    1.) With Disk utility you can format the drive as long as you can get it hooked up with an external enclosure.
    2.) I don't think they've produced an IDE drive yet that showed honest performance improvement in a single drive setup by going to ata133...I'm sure if I'm wrong...others will pipe up and school me.
    3.) If you're going to put the drive into a external enclosure and you're still getting the longer drive warranty...why worry about the "extras" that come with a retail package. Are you going to need an IDE cable? (your enclosure of choice likely will already have one) Are you going to need their data transfer software? (Usually these can be downloaded from their sites anyway) If you don't need these things...why not save some cash...and go with the OEM version?

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    western digital hard drive...your thoughts?
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    looks like i will be ordering it...ill let you all know how it goes/went once i recieve everything
    -chris

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