Maxtor External Hard Drive


macrumors member
Original poster
Oct 25, 2005
Cupertino, CA

Is this a good deal? I saw that the model is out of production...or should I just buy the $79.99 internal drive version and assemble it into an external drive?


macrumors 6502a
Aug 2, 2005
On an island in Maine
Maxtor got bought by Seagate I believe, so that could explain the deal. I've had good results with their drives in the past. You can get a case for like $30-50 for the internal if you want the ability to change drives later and if you want to save a few bucks. I personally prefer to just pay a little extra and get them preassembled. The price looks to be pretty good. You can get a LaCie 250 with a triple interface for $160, so for a couple extra bucks you can get another 50 gb. You may be able to do some more shopping around and find a cheaper model though.


macrumors 6502a
Apr 13, 2006
i would built in on your own.
you can make similar setup with a seagate hd and an case with oxford chipset for the same to cheaper

Artful Dodger

macrumors 68020
I bought the OneTouch III, 300GB FW/usb 2.0 for $149 a few weeks ago at (only because of the price) BestBuy. I like the drive as it's quiet and fast not to mention it was all there, just plug it in and format ;) Try looking around for the OneTouch III for the same price or close to it. Still 300GB is nice for all your storage needs :)


macrumors newbie
Apr 20, 2005

I've got the drive you're going to buy - it's very nice.

I'd be cautious about buying a case separately and putting in a harddrive, unless you've already seen the case in action - i bought just a case to house an 80Gb drive, and it is the noisiest most c*$p piece of cheap s#$t you ever saw - even though it was the "better" of the ones available..

So only buy an ext case if someone can recommend a specific one (or you might end up with a lawn mower like i've got! You really appreciate the finish of the maxtors from my experience. Note: i've not used the LaCie's or anything, so i'm not saying they're better or worse. But if the price is good... Hell yeah.)