External Hard Drive Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Absolute Zero, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. Absolute Zero macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2004
    Hi there!

    I have a 12" PowerBook and the internal hard drive recently kicked the bucket. Apple wont cover the repair, yadda yadda... long story.

    I'd love to buy a new machine, but I don't have the money to do so (and I don't have the $1200 Apple wants to repair my PowerBook...)

    So I've figured out a temporary solution: boot off of an external drive for the time being. I need to buy an external drive anyway to back up my data (Time Machine is right around the corner!)

    But I've heard that external hard drives can act funky if you use them as a boot drive for a while, and I don't want that to happen.

    USB 2.0 and Firewire 400, 250 GB or more is what I'm looking for. I'd love to hear your suggestions!

  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    you're going to need a FW drive to be able to boot off of it. i did this for a at least six months off of my powerbook when the drive died on me. worked without a problem. you just lose your portability.

    you could always buy your own drive and enclosure and put it together yourself.
  3. Multimedia macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2001
    Santa Cruz CA, Silicon Beach
    Build Your Own For Radically Less Money

    I agree with this. You can buy a 400GB HD at Fry's sales for $100 and an enclosure for $40. It's easy peezy to put them together.

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