Advice about external hard drive for MacBook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Oliver Webber, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. Oliver Webber macrumors newbie

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    Could any readers recommend an affordable basic external hard drive for a macbook air, which would also serve as a back-up for my old pc laptop?
    I don't need it to be portable, just to serve as back-up at home, though if it doesn't escalate the price too much wireless would be a bonus.
    I see there is a vast range of products available at a vast range of prices...any advice gratefully received!
    Many thanks
    Oliver
     
  2. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    Portland, OR
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    I would strongly recommend you look at drive that attaches to your local home network. My preference is wired vs wireless. Often it will be described as NAS (network attached storage)

    I base this strongly on the fact that you seem to want to use it on both a PC, and a Mac. Using a direct attach drive (ex: USB) is not very elegent because you would want different formats for the drive depending upon which system you were attaching too. On the other hand, a NAS should work fine with both operating systems.

    You can buy drives with wired network connections that only have a modest premium over USB drives. Some routers support a USB attached drive, and effectively makes them into a NAS. I have not had great luck in this regard. Apple also sells routers with built in drives (Time Capsules) but they are quite expensive.

    /Jim
     

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