best external hard drive to host all files

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  1. iSaygoodbye macrumors 6502a

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    Im going to be buying a external hard drive that i will use to host all my videos and music. What is the best external hard drive for this that is windows xp compatible
     
  2. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    pretty much all external hard drives can be formatted how you wish, and I would use FAT32 for mac osx - windows xp inter-operability.

    I recommend Seagate, simply because I have both an external seagate and I replaced my macbook pro's internal with a seagate, but I'm sure others will recommend brands such as Western Digital. a bigger concern is, what size and speed do you want? do you want a "portable" external or one that uses its own power supply (and probably faster speed)?
     
  3. iSaygoodbye thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    it doesnt need to be portable im gonna use it as a replacement for my internal. i need at least 320 gb
     
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  5. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    search Mroogle for "external hard drive" and you will get hundreds of threads asking the exact same thing.
     
  6. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Get the biggest. 1TB no less. Only costs a few bucks more. 1.5 TB not really worth it at the moment in value for money.

    If you're doing video editing, get one with a firewire interface. Firewire is better for moving big files around.

    For best futureproofing, get a triple interface - FW, USB and ESATA. Costs a bit more.

    Best value for money? 1TB with USB only.
     

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