Airport Extreme and External Hard Drive

jdusoccer12

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I decided to get a Airport Extreme Base Station for myself and I was wondering what is the best external hard drive for the money. My Macbook Pro has a 320GB hard drive so how much space will I need and should it have firewire that I could hook up to my Macbook Pro when it is charging because otherwise it will be connected to my Airport Extreme. I will also need a USB hub that will work because I will also have my printer connected to the Extreme.

Thanks
 

jdusoccer12

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Yeah I will use it mostly for Time Machine I don't have a need for a networked drive all I have is my MBP and my parents use the Dell desktop
 

rgarjr

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Well nowadays big hard drives (1TB~2TB) are pretty cheap so u should get one. You can get any USB hub for it, I prefer non-powered however since they are small.
 

Primejimbo

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When I got my Airport Extreme I wanted a 1TB hard drive, but when Apple dropped the 500GB Time Capsule and the 1TB became $299.99 it was almost the same price buying the Airport Extreme and an external hard drive.
The Airport Extreme it self is $179.00 and a decent 1TB hard drive is $100-130.00, so basically the same price as the 1TB Time Capsule.
A few reasons I went with the Time Capsule is space, and I don't need a USB hub either.
I have the 1TB Time Capsule and it backs up 2 Macs, 1 with a 250GB hard drive and a 160GB hard drive and no problems.
If you got your Airport Extreme not to long ago, you can probably exchange it.
 

jdusoccer12

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Thanks everyone I decided to go with a 1 TB hard drive but which one will go nicely with the AE and look nice?


I actually haven't got the AE yet it is coming tuesday. I decided to get them separately for three reasons, I didn't but the AE it is a Christmas gift from my parents (I could barely get them to spend $170 no way was I going to get $300), if one goes bad it won't cost me as much, and the AE might travel with me and I don't want to risk hard drive failure.
 

jdusoccer12

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Ok I have it narrowed down to two different drives the

Western Digital 1TB My Book for Mac $129
and
Iomega 1TB MiniMax Hard Drive FireWire/USB $159

The only difference is that the Iomega is stackable with my AE and I has a USB hub built in so I can connect my printer to it but I like the cheaper price so could you guys help please!
 
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