External drives..

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by thejadedmonkey, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

    thejadedmonkey

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    I have 3 computers I'm in the process of getting rid of.. and all 3 have hard drives full of crap. I'm looking to get an external one to dump everything onto. Does it matter if I get an IDE or SATA internal interface? Will I ever notice the speed difference? Is there any one company that I should get over another one?

    I was looking at getting this, with this drive.. but should I be concerned that it's not an SATA drive?

    k thanks:)
     
  2. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    if you look at the enclosure page, it has a combo deal with a 250 gb hard drive (looks like the same as yours only different capacity), and that drive is an ultra ata. so i think you're good.
     
  3. thejadedmonkey thread starter macrumors 604

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    There's also a combo deal with this drive;)
    Hardware wise though, is it all descent quality? I just don't wanna be kicking myself in a few months because it can't do *insert something here* and I don't have the money to get more hardware..
     
  4. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    Go with a firewire 800 drive, you will be amazed on how fast it is. The speed wont matter much if you copy files when you sleep or when your watching a movie, the only time i found that i need the extra speed is when i need to put large amount of info on my HD fast.
     
  5. drake macrumors 6502a

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    I'd get an SATA drive in the event you want to eventually install it internally on another computer or for eSATA.
     
  6. thejadedmonkey thread starter macrumors 604

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    I'll probably never have another desktop again.. having said that, would you still recomend SATA? If so, could you recomend a good SATA enclosure with firewire 800?

    k, thanks :)
     

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