Help me buy the right HD?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by GanChan, Jul 2, 2005.

  1. GanChan macrumors 6502

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    Tomorrow I am going to hit Fry's, CC, etc. for an 80G external hard drive. Would like to keep the price down close to about $1.20 a gig, but only from a reliable brand. I have a 40G Mac Mini and would prefer firewire to USB, if only because I'm running out of USB ports and don't feel like also buying a hub.

    Later I may want to buy a second 80G drive and daisy-chain it to this one.
    All I need right now is Mini backup and mp3 storage.


    Any thoughts/advice?
     
  2. Poeben macrumors 6502

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    Personally I like the LaCie drives. I have a 400GB big disk that is great. Since you are looking for a smaller drive and have a mini, maybe you should look at the Mini Mate which matches the mini nicely. I don't know the price, but if I recall it is reasonable. Plus it acts as a USB/firewire hub since you mention you are running out of those too.

    good luck
     
  3. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    the mini mate seems to be your ideal solution.

    just my two cents.
     
  4. sw1tcher macrumors 65816

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    Have you ever considered building your own? Just buy a regular 3.5" HDD and an external enclosure. It's very easy to put one together. And you'll definitely beat the $1.20/GB cost.

    For example, Fry's is selling a 200GB Seagate drive for $50 after rebate. Pick up an enclosure for $40 or so. That would put you at about $0.50/GB.
     
  5. shadowmoses macrumors 68000

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    Thats the way to go but unless you want a noisy drive steer clear of seagate's the 200gb ive got is a noisy whining MOFO and i cant be btohered to change it as it is deep within my eMac....

    So go for a WD or hitachi and a nice enclosure and you are good to go..

    ShadOW ;)
     
  6. Switzermac macrumors regular

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  7. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Bothering with that would be pointless, as the mini doesn't have it.
     

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