Nice Hard Drive for Aluminum iMac

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  1. GradientMac macrumors regular

    GradientMac

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    Hello!

    I'm going to be in the purchase of a 20 inch aluminum iMac soon, and I'm in need of a nice external hard drive that looks aesthetically beautiful with the iMac, but I'm not in need of something over 100 GB, I have had a laptop for a year with an 80 gig hard drive and never filled it, so I don't expect that to change much.

    I'm very OCD about having my computer look nice, I've given up on this crappy PC because it's not humanely possible to make an overpriced Gateway waste of money look good. People say Macs are over priced, and this thing was $999.99 for an 80 gig hard drive, a 1.7 GHz processor and 500 MB of ram [My system information says 480, I'm rounding.]

    [I'm being honest- I had a little fun with editing the image, but none of the content that mattered, Windows crashed and I lost everything so I'm not exactly happy with this thing. Look:]

    [​IMG]
    See if you can find everything I changed :)

    Anyway, I've gotten off track, [ADD?] but I need someone to help me find a [cheap if possible] nice looking hard drive that will fit very well with an aluminum iMac.
     
  2. Bobioden macrumors 68000

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    Get yourself a Western Digital My Book 320Gb 2.0 USB for less than $90 at Bst buy, Circuit City and numerous other places.
     
  3. GradientMac thread starter macrumors regular

    GradientMac

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    Gahhr. Don't need that much space. Do they even sell them with 100GB/under? And that one doesn't fit it that well in my opinion, too boxy and either too black, or too light of a silver for it- they're really, really nice they just don't really fit the aesthetic design of the iMac very well. The one that they use in the guided tour of leopard is very nice, but I heard it's $200 dollars.
     
  4. mag2001 macrumors 6502

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    look at the WD passports they are real small and come in several colors. mine is white but i know they come in black, red, green, etc.....
    Just don't be to picky:D
     
  5. sbornia macrumors member

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    Take a look at OWC's Mercury Elite-AL drives. I've been pleased with my 250GB version for the last two years. The 80GB USB 2.0 version is $110:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/800+USB2/
     
  6. Aegelward macrumors 6502

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    I was looking at the Lacie drives personally, or freecom seem to look okay. i use a fair bit of drive space though so stack-ability is one of my priorities
     
  7. ale500 macrumors regular

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    The Improvements you did to your winslows box, are really nice :D
    (But I still think that eXtra Pitiful sounds a bit better :cool:)
    :apple:
    The pleiades series of external disks match the MacPro, but they still look really cool.
     
  8. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

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  9. djejrejk macrumors 6502a

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    You might now need that much space today.. but when you buy a drive, expect to have it for a few years. Now think about how much you data is already expanding, 320gb is really not that much. You will be very happy with a mybook- very sleek and they work flawlessly.
     
  10. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    Ignoring capacity for the moment, if you care about performance (speed),
    you should be looking for something with a 3.5", 7200 rpm drive and a
    FW800 external interface (or at minimum, FW400). That puts you in the
    $120-$150 price range, and you're unlikely find a pre-assembled firewire
    external with a drive smaller than 250 GB to 320 GB.

    Rather than a pre-assembled "external drive," I'd suggest considering an
    "external enclosure" plus the hard drive mechanism of your choice. If you
    go that route, be sure to get an enclosure designed for SATA drives --
    rather than the soon-to-be-obsolete IDE/PATA drives.

    Here are two you might like (identical except for FW800 vs. FW400). They
    also come in high-gloss black; see the icydock.com link below for photos.
    The ALU/white model matches the style of the ALU keyboard perfectly --
    how well the keyboard coordinates with the rest of the iMac is debatable.

    I have two of of 'em (ALU/white model), and they're the highest-quality
    external enclosures I've ever owned or seen. Very fast. Extremely quiet.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817198006

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817198004

    http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=986&pageID=2689

    http://www.icydock.com/product/mb559ueb-1s.html

    Regardless of which route you take, check http://newegg.com for good
    prices and possibly the widest selection of external drives & enclosures
    you'll find anywhere -- plus extensive reviews, from a fairly tech-savvy
    customer base.

    ...shop 'til ya drop,

    LK
     
  11. ktbubster macrumors 6502a

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    that high gloss black enclosure with the aluminum accents in the drive tray etc looks like it would compliment the imac beautifully! The one with AL and White is nice too, but I think the black would be much classier and a better accent to the new imac. I vote to go that route :)
     
  12. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    Happily, my iMac is a white C2D -- so I wasn't even tempted to
    pay the 30%+ premium for a glossy black paint job.

    BTW, the slide-in trays are extremely convenient, "installing" the
    drive literally requires only 4 screws to attach the HD to the tray.
    Spare trays are only $16, so it's cheap and easy to keep several
    drives "on tap" for specific purposes. Swap drives in 30 seconds
    with no tools, no messing with cables or connectors.

    LK
     
  13. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    OWC has a reputation for good quality, but I'd suggest sticking with the new Quad
    Elite-AL; it's the only one that uses SATA drives (Oxford OXUF924DSb chipset). The
    other Elite-AL's are all IDE/PATA-based (Oxford 911/912 chipsets) -- and IDE/PATA
    is a not-long-for-this-world technology. SATA already has a strong advantage WRT
    price/selection/availability, and the gap will only grow.

    LK
     
  14. sbornia macrumors member

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    Very good to know, thanks!
     
  15. Phtosynthesis macrumors member

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    Personally, I just ordered this LaCie 500GB external, and have heard good reviews, and the aluminum matches the iMac, so....

    [​IMG]
     
  16. brogers macrumors regular

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    Got one. Love it. It's hardly noticeable on the desk.

    br
     
  17. scubasteve3715 macrumors newbie

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    Personally I like the G-drive i bought from the apple store. It looks sweet, awesome 2 year warranty, and its reliable. They are probably the best externals you can buy. [​IMG]
     
  18. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    Do they make a USB/FW800 model? I only see USB/FW400 and FW400/FW800 listed.

    What kind of drives do they use? SATA or IDE/PATA?

    LK
     
  19. GradientMac thread starter macrumors regular

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    That is absolutely gorgeous- that's incredibly beautiful and I'm going to check out prices right now.
     

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