Advice buying new external Hard Drive

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  1. pranavss11 macrumors 6502

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    Looking to buy a 250GB external hard drive to work with my MacBook :D. Not too expensive, I just dropped $300 for my iPhone 3G and don't want to ask my dad to pay for the hard drive. Any suggestions?
     
  2. huskydsl macrumors member

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    Get a portable Firewire harddrive enclosure and a 5400 rpm ide drive to put in the enclosure. The nice thing about the little firewire drives is that they can be powered by the laptop's firewire port without a separate power adapter. Plus, you can easily take it with you. the 5400 rpm ones are pretty cheap.
     
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822154273R will this do?
     
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  6. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Seagate Freeagent Desktop
    WD MyBook Essential 500GB for $99 - here

    P.S.: Seems like Seagate has stopped producing 250GB:confused:
    And the essential only comes in 160, 320, 500, 750, 1TB
     
  7. huskydsl macrumors member

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    the rotten thing about usb is that it wakes computer from sleep whenever you plug in or unplug a device. Firewire doesn't do that.... so, when you close your laptop it won't wake up again when you pull the hard drive usb cable out... i know i know, you think you will just remember to unplug the drive before you put the computer to sleep. Trust me, you will curse a USB portable drive cuz you won't be able to remember. It's just the wrong workflow.
     
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