i need an external hard drive for my macbook.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by jonathan_matos5, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. when i purchased the thing 6 months ago i thought that 100+ gigs was plenty i guess i was wrong:oops:

    but hey i dont want to erase those songs.:bassist:

    i need much storage on the cheap. preferably plug and play, and connectible through fire wire or USB.

    what is out there in say the $250 price range?
  2. http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Passport-Portable-Carrying/dp/B000W1OMQK

    The WD Passport series is pretty good as far as very portable externals. It is plug and play, the one I linked is 250 gigs, and you can get a much better deal than that elsewhere. The passport series works through USB and is fairly reliable.

    If you wanted a more heavy duty external that wouldn't be as susceptible to breaking and if portability isn't an issue for you, then you have many more options.
  3. Marcury

    Marcury High and Low

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
    Look at the LaCie Rugged series.
  4. Visirale


    Mar 23, 2003
    I love these too, but circuit city is selling the 500 gig version for 109 or so...

    I got mine when they went on sale a while ago for 119. Definitely a nice thing to have.
  5. jd858us


    Dec 13, 2006
  6. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I have owned a couple of LaCie external drives (too busy/lazy to build my own) and they have both performed flawlessly for a couple of years each so far. They regularly get top ratings in the hard drive shootouts in various Mac/computer magazines.

    The one thing I've found that's F'ed up is if you move a major Mac application such as iTunes or iPhoto, or any of their support files, or any major Finder folder such as "Music" or "Pictures" onto the external drive it will cause major problems systemwide if you disconnect the external drive, even if you "eject" it properly. I made that mistake, and my laptop is no longer portable. It only works properly with the external drive attached; I'd have to kill a huge number of files in order to regain portability.
  7. JansenW


    Nov 14, 2005
    Cambridge, MA
    My friend has a PowerBook. He bought a 2.5”x9.5mm 250Gb Ultra-ATA100 Wester Digital hard drive and installed it into an external HD enclosure (with Firewire/USB ports). He was able to "clone" his internal hard drive to the external one and then physically swap out the drives. He now has the larger drive in his PowerBook.

    I did a similar thing for my iMac. I now have a 500Gb internal drive ($109) and a external drive enclosure ($70) with the old hard drive in it.
  8. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
  9. www.slickdeals.net

    Check daily, I got a 500GB external Western Digital for 80 bucks on a closeout sale.
  10. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I was going to put that in, but he beat me to it. My 320 gig external cost me $40. As long as you're patient, you can get some really good deals. Slick deals, if you will.
  11. my laCie does the job fine and has fw400+800+USB2 connections :)

    Western digital are also a good make.