iMac 250 GB Hard Drive vs External HD??

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  1. kwajaln macrumors 6502

    kwajaln

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    I am looking for some opinions here, in anticipation of purchasing an iMac G5 20-inch. For another $100 I can go from a 160GB to a 250GB hard drive from Apple. That's not bad, but compared to buying the iMac with the 160GB and putting that $90 towards an external hard drive.....what do you think? I could get a Lacie 250GB external for less than $190, or a Lacie Extreme 160GB for $199. And I would think that an external would have advantages over just a larger hard drive anyway, such as having your files already backed up. Any ideas?
     
  2. Solafaa macrumors 6502a

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    If you can afford the external i would suggest you getting that. You would be able to backup stuff on the external and you would be to move it around so that you can transfer big files fast. I have an external Hard Drive (LaCie 500GB) where i keep all my videos/backup for both the desktop and my laptop. I would go with the external.
     
  3. RealDeal macrumors member

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    go for the external...

    Both Maxtor and Western Digital have some problems (see Amazon reviews), yet i've been ok mostly (1 WD hitch with a PC).

    LaCie seems higher end, and a 160/250 or 500 GB external HD is cost effective- often with choice USB2.0/FireWire (various) etc.. connnection.

    OSX and "lite" downloads/work consumes 40-60GB HD in a second- so prefer a 160GB HD as a base plus more eternal HD

    I'm after a 250GB shortly, for iTunes/photos/work...
     
  4. kwajaln thread starter macrumors 6502

    kwajaln

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    Thanks for the input....I guess I will be buying the iMac with the 160GB hard drive and buying an external HD at a later date, which is what I was leaning towards in the first place. Good to know I was heading in the right direction!
     

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