Best external UNDER $200

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jshelton, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. jshelton macrumors 6502a

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    I need a drive for my Macbook. 1) I don't neccessarily need Firewire but I'll take it. 2) It needs to be compatible with OS X and Windows. 3) I don't need more than 500GB. 4) The smaller the better.
     
  2. rocknpop macrumors member

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    Check these guys out, Other World Computing:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/400+USB2/

    You can get a 320GB, 7200 rpm, FW and USV for under $100! I have your same MacBook (early Peryn '08) 2.4Ghz, upgraded to 4GB Corsair RAM, highly recommend it. Fast delivery and apple :apple: specialized store.
     
  3. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    format the HD as fat32 to make it compatible with both OS's, but bear in mind, that it has a maximum of 4 GB per transfer (meaning a file larger than 4 GB won't transfer properly).

    If you need it for larger files, you can buy a license for NTSF by Paragon which allows Macs to read Windows (NTSF) drives.
     
  4. DavyC412 macrumors member

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    buy an enclosure then get whatever HDD you want. cheapest solution for the biggest HDD. plus it will be swappable, if you want to upgrade to a bigger external itll be considerably cheaper and if the drive dies, again its cheap and easy to replace.
     

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