17" MBP with an external hard drive

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  1. bazotic macrumors newbie

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    I'm going to be ordering my MBP within the next few weeks, but I don't think the 100GB is going to be enough for me. I have never owned a notebook or Mac before, so I don't know if you can add to the hard drive. I decided to get an external hard drive with 80GB on it. I have been looking at the SmartDisk FireLite because it's been getting some great reviews. I wanted to put my XP and windows stuff on it, and I've found a few people who have done that. I wanted to know if anyone here had, and how it works for them.
     
  2. citi macrumors 65816

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    I use the firewire version and its a good little harddrive. It's extremely portable and is self powered. If you are going to use it on the mbp...you need to buy the firewire version. There is not enough usb bus power to run the usb2 version.

    Also, windows and mac can see and use the same hard drive.
     
  3. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    I have 8 external drives (3x500GB, 4x250GB, 1x800GB) connected to my 17" MBP via FW400 and FW800...works great. Haven't really used them for Windows.
     
  4. bazotic thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I will definatly get the firewire version, I'm so sick of dealing with slow USBs. When I asked if anyone had put the XP on their hard drives, I meant the OS XP, I've been told there's a way to do it, and I want to try it, if it runs smoothly.
    http://forum.onmac.net/showthread.php?t=1015
     
  5. BurtonCCC macrumors 65816

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    80GB is not very much at all. I would get at least a 160GB drive from LaCie. I have one and I fill it up quite easily with backups of all my music, DVDs, pictures, apps, etc.

    Daniel.
     
  6. indigoflowAS macrumors 6502

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    the 2.5" LaCie drives are gorgeous, I was very close to getting one of those.

    To your question...I imagine that if you partition the drive, you should be able to put both Windows and OSX stuff on it. Now for random datastorage...I have a 120GB external that is formatted to the MS-DOS File System and I use it to transfer and store files between my PC and Mac. Hope that helps.:)
     
  7. Mernak macrumors 6502

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    if you want a portable Hd then by all means get the 80 but you can get a Hd that stays on your desk for a lot cheaper, especially buying a firewire case and a hard drive on sale(just found a 160GB seagate for $60 plus tax and the cost of the enclosure)
     
  8. bazotic thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How would that work? What would I need to do and buy? I've never heard of that before.
     
  9. citi macrumors 65816

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    it's actually very easy. go to a pc site like newegg.com and buy the barebones hd and then buy an external firewire/usb2 enclosure. Just open up the enclosure set the jumpers and plug in the cable attached to the enclosure to the hard drive. Close it back up...plug it in. I have two external drives that I bought from newegg.

    This is the one I bought about a month ago

    enclosure - very small but super fast response time.
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817106095

    WD hard drive which I bought on sale for like 69 with one of their 1 day sales.
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822144392

    I reccomend them completely - very fast shipping plus alongside standard payments you can pay via paypal

    Citi
     
  10. bazotic thread starter macrumors newbie

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  11. indigoflowAS macrumors 6502

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