Cheapeast External Harddrive...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Sean7512, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. Sean7512 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2005
    Hey, I have finally decided to download Windows Vista from my MSDN subscription since it is at Beta 2...I was thinking, I do not want to partition my laptop's harddrive, but was wondering if I could install Vista Beta 2 onto a external harddrive...I'm assuming that you can, just like any other OS. Anyways, I was wondering where I can find a CHEAP external drive. It really only needs like 30 - 80 GB, anything over 80 would be much overkill. It will strictly be used as a testing drive of Windows Vista, and therefore not much space is needed for me. Any suggestions, or anything??
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Buy a Firewire case, (USB2 might do but FW is better) then scout the sales for any 3.5" IDE hard drive in the size you want. When you find a cheap enough drive, just assemble it into your case and Bob's your Uncle.
  3. Philberttheduck macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2006
    HB, CA
    Under 80 is a lil tricky, because lately everyone's going after the big boys (250+), but I'd probably build mine as well. There are a ton of options you should think of: power supply attached (cheaper option) or not. If you choose the latter, you should select a notebook harddrive. Consequently, notebook harddrives are cheaper 5400rpm (and even cheaper 4200, but I wouldn't suggest 4200).

    If you're looking for the downright cheapest option, go to and do your research. Here's actually a link, because i got nothing else to do. Make sure it's (E)IDE and NOT SATA. Then look for an enclosure. Again, if you're after CHEAP, go for USB 2.0. I don't know if you can boot up OS from USB but that would be the cheapest option. link for that.

    Of course, if you're lazy, and just want a really cheap one without building (not necessarily quality bad), here's the link.

    ebay's always an option but it's damn difficult to rely on something there.
  4. Sean7512 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2005

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