Was this external HDD a good buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dmw007, Aug 21, 2006.

  1. dmw007 macrumors G4

    dmw007

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    I was shopping at Staples today and I saw a Maxtor external HDD on sale. It is a Maxtor Basics Personal Storage 3200 HDD

    Specs-
    300GB, 16MB Cache, 7,200 rpm USB 2.0, etc....

    I paid $130, was this a good deal. Is this HDD okay for backing up my data and providing extra storage space? Is there a better model/make that I should return this one for? Any help would be appreciated. :)



    BTW, anyone care to recommend some software to backup my data? :)
     
  2. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    I have a Maxtor external HDD. It works fine. (it only works on Windows though - or at least mind does!)

    Although I paid $100 for a 100GB one at Office Depot.
     
  3. Nuc macrumors 6502a

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    I've never had a maxtor external drive last very long. The drives were always fine but the enclosures sucked. If you ever find that the enclosure has a problem just stick the drive in another enclosure. Other than that I believe this was a good buy.

    Nuc
     
  4. dmw007 thread starter macrumors G4

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    I just wiped and reformatted the drive to work with Mac OS X- now it works for both reading & writing to the drive. Seeing how I paid $30 more for 200GB of extra storage, it sounds like I got a bargain. :)
     
  5. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    Sounds like a pretty good deal. I'm not big on USB, but its likely that Intel Macs do a better job with performance than PPCs Macs do/did.

    The brand is fine, there isn't much difference between HDD brands.
     
  6. illegalprelude macrumors 68000

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    Got a damn good deal I believe. For backing up content, no big diff. between Firewire and USB 2 imho. For streaming and editing and such, huge but for just my backup drive, I also use USB and it works just fne :cool:
     
  7. dmw007 thread starter macrumors G4

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    I am not a big fan of USB either, but the only firewire HDD that Staples had cost $300 for the same size. And yes, Intel based Macs are supposedly faster when reading/writing to USB. :)

    Yep, I just plan to use it for backup my files. :)
     

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