OMG Kind of Deal -- I need Advice! Harddrive! Need To Decide Tongiht

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  1. bobber205 macrumors 68020

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    Wow. Been shopping for a harddrive (about 300 or more gigs) and external closure for it (for my macbook).

    Here's what I just found. First the IDE external closure. It's only 10 bucks.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/CustratingReview.asp?Item=N82E16817155701

    And here's the best deal.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144392

    I've been wanting to buy one in the next few weeks and this is too good to pass up.

    So -- what's your comments? Will that IDE external closure go with my HD? Do I need to buy another cable?
     
  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    The drive won't fit. You need a 3.5" enclosure for it.
     
  3. bobber205 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well...
    It'll be for two things.

    1) A *uck* install of Vista for school development (studying to be a software engineeer. I had better know all the platforms ya know?)
    2) For video editing. I have a bunch of videos on cd/dvd but it's a huge pain the butt to edit with only about 3.5 gigs of space left at once (and almost impossible).
    I'll have to look at that thread.

    I can't wait to order! About 110 bucks for 320 gigs of space! Yay! (btw after formatting it NTFS (for windows right?) how much space will I actually get?)
     
  6. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    I would use a Firewire enclosure if you're going to be booting from it. It'll be a lot more responsive. Uh, I think a 320GB drive will come out at around 298 or so useable GB once formatted.
     
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    298 sounds really reasonable. It's about 10% off from what's listed right?
     
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    The HD says: Interface IDE Ultra ATA100

    and that enclosure you told me, its internal interface is
    Internal Interface IDE.

    What does the ATA mean?
     
  9. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    I believe that means "Advanced Technology Attachment". An IDE drive is PATA, and there are also SATA drives.
     
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    But it'll still work though right?
     
  11. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    Yeah. An IDE drive is a PATA drive. The IDE drive you have will work in the IDE case you had linked to. The only kind that wouldn't work would be if it said it was a SATA drive.
     
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    Personally I would recommend you get either this Seagate 320GB or this 400GB drive. Both are 7200.10 with perpendicular drive recording. They have a 16 rather than 8MB cache and are going to be a better value than the Western Digital. The 320 is $95 and the 400 is $120. I actually got a 500GB version of this drive at Thanksgiving for $150 but it was a one day only special and the 500 are now back up to around $200-225.
     
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    You may think this is a bit expensive. However don't skimp on a good enclosure. The drive will last longer if it has proper ventilation. I got one of these drives and it's great! Link

    Nuc
     

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