Internal or External

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Mr. Anderson, May 20, 2005.

  1. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

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    I'm running out of room again....so I'm thinking of buying another harddrive for my MDD G4. It has room for another one, but I was wondering if it would be better to get an external firewire or not. I do a lot of video editing lately, and speed would be nice and since I don't have a Firewire 800 connector on the G4 I'm stuck with the original FW.

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  2. sethypoo macrumors 68000

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    Personally, I would go with an internal drive: they're always faster. I find with video editing that speed greatly helps with my creative process; when I get a great idea, I don't like to wait for a external hard drive to write my data.
     
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    go internal, you can always buy an enclosure for it later, and you have the room for it now so why not? you should be able to get more space for your money that way too
     
  4. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    internal. faster (more bandwidth), more reliable too IMO
     
  5. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    I also vote for internal -- use the spare bay if you have it. More Gbs for your dollar, prob. faster than FW400.

    250-300gb seems to be a good price point at the mo.
     
  6. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Ok, so that's settled, now which one :D

    I have a MDD Dual 1.25 GHz PowerMac - any suggestions on the drive? There seem to be a lot of ones made for the more current G5s and since this machine is a little old now I'm curious if anyone else has updated something similar recently and what they got.

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  7. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Any Seagate Barracuda should be very high quality and considerably more quiet than most drives out there...
     
  8. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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  9. wiseguy27 macrumors 6502

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    Seagate or Hitachi

    I would recommend Seagate and Hitachi since they provide 3 year or 5 year warranties on most models. As for deals, check:
    http://www.edealinfo.com
    http://www.dealmac.com/sections/storage.html
    http://www.resellerratings.com
    http://www.deals2buy.com
    http://www.fatwallet.com

    Both edealinfo and dealmac have some good deals right now. Also look at 160GB onwards (if that suits you) - the best deals are usually for 120GB to 300GB.

    Also don't forget to do a price comparison on www.pricegrabber.com, www.bizrate.com, www.pricehead.com, www.pricescan.com and www.nextag.com. :)

    The best deals right now come to around 30 to 50 cents a Gig for an internal (IDE/PATA) drive - anything beyond that and you're probably paying too much.
     
  10. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I second this advice. I have a 80GB Seagate Barracuda in my pc and it is fast and quiet (and reliable- I have been using it for over 3 years!). I am sure the newer models are even better!
     

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