cheap external hard drives?

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  1. steelfist macrumors 6502a

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    hey, i'm looking for good external hard drives around 250 GB of space. most of the external hard drives with that price is around 50% more than a hard drive that you can buy for a pc.

    i don't care about style, or brand, or build your own, I just want the cheapest external hard drive solution that is 250 GB, and can be capatible with a pc and my ibook g4.

    any suggestions? is buy-your-own-hard-drive and a seperate-external-hard-drive case cheaper than those one hard drive solutions?

    i was considering Lacie, but i find the price to be higher than other comparable solutions. it's a good product, but i'm tight on cash right now.
     
  2. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    Check out zipzoomfly.com and newegg.com for places with really good prices. I think it may be a little cheaper to put your own together, but you'd have to do the math on exactly which combination you wanted to go with. I've ordered several items from both those websites and they have been excellent.
     
  3. steelfist thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    what happens when it's a problem for this 16 year old guy with no credit card, bank accounts, and only pocket money? ;) i would love to check it out, if I can buy from those stores
     
  4. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    Give mom and dad the cash and ASK to use their credit card?
     
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  6. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    Is there a CompUSA around? Sometimes (every few weeks or so) they run sales where they'll have a hard drive like that for like $80-100 or something and then you can get and enclosure there too for probably like $40 or so. The only problem is some of that will be mail in rebates...
     
  7. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    Look on ebay, and see if there are any COD deals? Or ask the seller if they can organise COD for you?
     
  8. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    My dad managed to buy a 300GB for really cheap. I can ask him where from and see if you want to have a look. It cost about £50 but i don't know if it is portable. (I doubt it).
     
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  10. steelfist thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    oh yea, I forgot to say, i live in Hong Kong :cool: so there's no compUSA stores around here.
     
  11. superwoman macrumors regular

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    Uhm.. so you're asking where to buy, or what to buy?
    Seeing you're in Hong Kong, I suppose it's the latter?
     
  12. starnox macrumors 6502

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    Just get an external caddy and buy an internal HDD. That's what I just did. Got an external 250G HDD now for £70. Does firewire 400 and USB 2.
     
  13. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    Where did you get that from???? Websites please
     
  14. Matt Phoenix macrumors regular

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    I got a 250gb Samsung hard drive from NewEgg for $90 a few months ago, plus a USB enclosure for $30. Now, I'm thinking of buying a new Firewire enclosure, so I can boot from it if I want to.
     
  15. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    Where can you get cases for the different hard drives??
     
  16. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    cheap is cheap

    hey there, sorry if this note sounds like coming from a parent, but i'm...um.. a parent so here goes :)

    cheap is cheap. i know you are obviously cash conscious and i think that is smart. BUT, there is something to be said about buying something which may be more expensive up front, but last longer. ie. you may spend $150 now for a cheap external, but if it crashes and dies in a year and you have to buy another, you'd be worse off than buying a $200 name brand now which has a warranty and lasts longer. most externals have a 2 year warranty on them from name brand like lacie, maxtor etc..

    just my 2 cents. best of luck
     
  17. starnox macrumors 6502

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