external hard drives

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by brsboarder, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. brsboarder macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2004
    just wondering if any external firewire drive would work, I saw a memorex on sale locally and wanna pick it up, im using an ibook g4
  2. realityisterror macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2003
    Snellville, GA
    your ibook has usb 2.0 and firewire 400, so it will work with 99% of external drives. there are some drives that also use firewire 800 (which is only on 15/17 powerbooks and powermacs) but they almost always have other choices. if the drive can use either usb or firewire, i think most people, myself included, would recommend you use firewire...

    out of curiosity, what is the deal on this drive?


    edit: i checked memorex's website, and it seems they don't sell external drives... :confused: maybe you meant maxtor?
  3. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2004
    ct, us
    Personally, I bought a LaCie external drive because Apple seems to play nice with them. Occasionally you'll hear of some Apple update not being compatible with certain chipsets on a particular drive...but LaCie's don't seem to have this problem.

    Just my $0.02 :)

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