which hard drive to go with macbook?

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Which harddrive for macbook?

  1. 160 GB internal

    25 vote(s)
    65.8%
  2. 300/500 external

    13 vote(s)
    34.2%
  1. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    i will be getting a macbook for college. i'm trying to decide between buying a 160 GB internal harddrive and using the either 60 or 80 for external (gotta decide between white or black) or should i keep the internal that it comes with and buy a big external (300 or 500 GB)?
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Largest possible for the internal.
    It's a hell of a lot easier to get an external later than it is to get a larger internal and put it in.

    Plus, the more elbow room you have for Parallels/BootCamp (should you want to use either/both), the happier you will be.

    Oh wiat.. I see.. you're replacing your internal.

    Well I'd STILL go for the largest internal because of BC/P.
     
  3. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    but i can put bootcamp on the external, just have to install Tiger on the external also. but i can't carry it with me though :eek:
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I didn't think Windows supported booting off an external?
     
  5. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    i'm pretty sure. i haven't done it yet, but i know i can install Tiger on an external, and for bootcamp it says it must be installed on your "startup disk". i don't see why it wouldn't work with an external startup disk.

    i think it's not windows that didn't support booting off an external, but you PC has to support it in the BIOS
     
  6. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    I'd get the bigger internal, but that's because I like to be able to take everything with me. An external is great for backups, but to me, that's all.
     
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I'm pretty sure you can't on a Mac.

    You CAN install (and boot from) OS X from an external, but OS X is not Windows, so you cannot compare the 2.

    And BootCamp DOES say that Windows needs to be installed on your startup disk, but I'm almost positive that refers to the internal startup disk ONLY. Actually.. the documents say that it has to be the internal startup disk.

    And finally, Macs don't have BIOS, they have EFI. What I meant earlier is that I don't think booting Windows from an external drive is supported on a Mac.. yet.

    EDIT: apparently some people have been able to boot Windows off an external USB drive with minor issues.
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=191777

    I'd still go for the largest internal.
     
  8. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    maybe you are right, but i might just try it on my intel imac just to see
     
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  10. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    thanks for the replies.

    yeah, it's looking like everyone thinks i should go internal. but it costs so much more!

    internal = $1.25 per GB (160 GB)
    external = $0.50 per GB (500 GB)
     
  11. telecomm macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, 2.5 vs. 3.5 drive size accounts for that.

    Anyway, I just put a 100 GB drive in my PB, and it's really nice to have. (Though, to be fair, I've got 300 GB on external drives).
     
  12. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    yeah i have several external drives already, but i am using them on other computers.

    btw, did you vote?
     
  13. imacintel macrumors 68000

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    I accidentally voted external, meant internal.




    Works better. :D
     
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  15. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    i'll keep that in mind
     
  16. e-clipse macrumors 6502

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    I would go with an internal drive. So you don't always have to tote your firewire drive(s). 160gig is perfect for dual booting. I would allocate 60 for Windows if it was my setup. I plan to get Lacie 1/2 Tb external drive for storing recording projects.
     
  17. telecomm macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I did vote. :)

    Anyway, is your plan then to put that drive that ships with the Macbook in an external enclosure? That's what I did with my PB about a week ago. It's working well, and it's really handy to be able to maintain a bootable backup on the external.
     
  18. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    yeah i will if i get an internal. how did you make a bootable backup?

    oh yeah, thanks for voting! :)
     
  19. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    this program should be able to make bootable backups. And I voted for an internal hard drive because I've had an external hard drive break on me before and an internal is so much more convenient.
     
  20. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    thanks for the link and thanks for voting :)
     
  21. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Dude, your gettin' an internal

    160 is a lot of space. Externals can get anoying. Plus say you go on a road trip or on a plane? you going to lug around external drives with you?
     
  22. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    you do have a point :)


    if i do get the 160 internal, where should i get it from? any links?
     
  23. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    zipzoomfly if they ever get it in stock again...
    mwave used to have it, but seem to have gotten rid of it?
    OWC has it but it's expensive
    newegg used to have it...can't find it anymore
    and then there's always eBay i'm sure
     
  24. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    thanks for looking. out of all of those, only OWC has it that i can find.
     
  25. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    I voted for the internal. The externals are always a pain to transport and the internal would be better.
     

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