Mac: External HD and burner

AtHomeBoy_2000

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I am buying a Mac about the middle of next month and I will be a first time Mac owner (the Apple IIe I had as a child doesn’t count!). I need advice on 2 accounts. I am going to buy the 1.8 G5 iMac with the combo drive. I felt it might just be safer to save the money on the upgrade to a 2.0 and put it into an external hard drive and external DVD burner. This is where I need help.

What type of HD and burner would you suggest? I hear Lacie makes great external HD. And I love their DVD burner with Lightscribe however I hear it is not fully compatible with iDVD which is I would prefer it do work with. What external burner would you suggest?
 

iEdd

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Why external???
You would be best with the apple supplied superdrive for full compatibilty with iDVD, etc.
If you want to do lightscribe, you could get an external one at a later stage.

EDIT: For HDD I recommend one of the lacie triple interface models... I have a 250GB
 
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AtHomeBoy_2000

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epepper9 said:
Why external???
You would be best with the apple supplied superdrive for full compatibilty with iDVD, etc.
If you want to do lightscribe, you could get an external one at a later stage.
Well, I dont really have a need for the 2.0 Ghz just to pay $200 more to get a SLIGHTLY faster processor and a DVD burner. I can save the $200 and put it into a DVD burner and part of an external HD.
 
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AtHomeBoy_2000

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Can anyone help clear up my question about if external DVD burners are compatable with iDVD? I have tried to search the forums here and havent really found a clear yes or no answer. I would be buying a new DVD burner, so it wont be something that is old and potentially incompatable with Mac.
 
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doucy2

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if you are interested i have an adapter that changes and ide drive (hd, dvd, etc) in to a usb combatible drive
lmk
this might work for you
 
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DocB

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while I don't have one myself, some friends of mine recommend the Lacie external HD. Relatively inexpensive and they use it to back up their entire HD.
 
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PaRaGoNViCtiM

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I have a Maxtor One Touch II 200GB External Hard Drive, and I love it.
I got a really good deal on it too at Office Depot. I would get a Lacie external DVD burner.
 
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iEdd

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AtHomeBoy_2000 said:
Well, I dont really have a need for the 2.0 Ghz just to pay $200 more to get a SLIGHTLY faster processor and a DVD burner. I can save the $200 and put it into a DVD burner and part of an external HD.
My apologies... I didn't realise the model you wanted was combo only.
I'd say to go with a Pioneer DVR-110 in a firewire case or something..
 
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