Question for PB/ibook owners

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by puckhead193, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    I need to buy an external hard drive for my PB. The question is what should i put on it. I like having everything with me at all times. So when i travel its all their. I was thinking of getting the Lacie triple interface, 250 gig hard drive but what should i put on their... my music, my photos, movies?
    how do you handle your files with your external hard drive and traveling with your laptop? i mean i guess i could use my ipod to put files on.
  2. nxent macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2004
    it depends on how much stuff you have. i keep all my 5gigs of music on my internal hd, but my roommate had 40 gigs of mp3's so he kept it on his external. same thing goes with photos. i've got a 120 gig external that i mainly use for storing movies and a backup of my pbook harddrive (in case of a freak accident)
  3. pmartin macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2005
    Honestly, I hate external HDs. They are overpriced, internal drives are just as fast, and they defeat the purpose of a laptop, which can be moved around as easily as an external HD pretty much. I would instead buy a 160GB internal HD from a company like Seagate or Western Digital. Since this is a laptop there will be a hit in speed, but it will be more than made up for in convienence.
  4. gallivant macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2004
    The point of a laptop isn't neccessarily defeated, depending on how you use the external drive. Mine, for example, hosts my music, which I don't need to have on my laptop when I'm mobile because it's on my iPod. And external drives also allow for backups.

    They are, however, horribly overpriced; that's why you should never buy one. Instead, get a FireWire enclosure ($30-50), then get any size of cheap-as-heck desktop drive you like and drop it in. When you want to upgrade, you can just get another dirt-cheap 3.5" drive.
  5. kerpow macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2004
    In this age of huge mp3 collections and movies (your own, ripped or downloaded) all laptop users are going to have this problem, not just Mac users. Even the top end PB17" only has a 100gb drive which is not enough storage space for me.

    I keep all my docs, pix and iTunes library on my PB and the movies on an external 160gb (which was a good size when I bought it 18 months ago)

    For a cost effective option get yourself a good IDE drive: 250gb, 7200rpm, 8mb buffer and put it in a USB2 caddy. About $120.

    If you want something more portable you can get another 2.5" (laptop hard drive, 60-100gb) in a caddy that gets it's power from the USB2 slot. Around same price.

    Ready made external drives are over priced unless you need to have a FireWire or Ethernet port on them.
  6. tikibangout macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    I'm not sure where I saw it, but theres this External 160GB, that is small, compact, and comes in white, and matches any Mac. I'll see if i can find a link.
  7. puckhead193 thread starter macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    well i went out and got it, the lacie triple interface external hard drive. (250 gig) (i didn't pay for it)
    I have about 16 gigs of music, 2.1 gigs of photos, and about 12 gigs in documents, movies about 4.5 gigs
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    you have 12 gigs in documents?! As in word and excel docs? that is insane.
  9. puckhead193 thread starter macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    yea i have some other stuff like movies and stuff that's in their.... i don't why its in their, its stuff from my old P-CEE
  10. DJY macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2003
    Canberra AUST
    I wrestled with this one for some time as well.

    Like many others...
    I have left all my pics, iTunes library and most od my day to day current files on my PB.

    External HDD I have video / movie files, back up files, and archive of files I don't use on a regular basis.
  11. dcv macrumors G3

    May 24, 2005

    I hope that means *someone* did actually PAY for it ;)
  12. japasneezemonk macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2005
    let me say this,
    I would never keep all of my itnes library On my PB.
    Can you imagine 45GB woth of music on the poor thing. Believe me, it will slow the s*** out of your PB. Instead i use a small but efficient LaCie Porsche 100GB HD. It's small and efficient. I can take it with me everywhere and it always works. Wish i could say the same about my last portbale HD.
  13. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    I keep most stuff on my Powerbook since I don't tend to use the PB at a desk and don't want to be tethered to the LaCie. My external drive has my backup clone of the Powerbook's HD and another partition with movies and other large files that I don't need to access regularly. If/when I get my camcorder, it will also be used for storing video footage while I'm working on it (with FW800 to a 7200rpm drive, I can't see it being any slower than working on my 4200 internal drive!)

    I saw the ethernet LaCie being blogged about somewhere although the person was saying that they had trouble with reformatting it for use with their Mac - not sure if it's an issue or whether they were just non-techie.
  14. njmac macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    True, I saw this 250GB 7200RPM , internal HD for $99.00 at CompUSA.

  15. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    Have you ever tried to manage 2TB of raw DV footage on a Powerbook's internal HDD? :p
  16. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I bought a great firewire enclosure for a laptop hard drive from Daystar. 35 bucks. Easy backup/storage. Agree that I hate the huge desktop drive caddies, though some of them are better designed to sit on their sides than others. Almost as big as my laptop. Just for fun, i've been thinking about the one gig usb zip drives (I they are called zip drives, they are the size of a keychain) -- anyone have any experience with them?
  17. Dynamyk macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2005
    I was looking at getting an 80 GB external @ futureshop this week it's going for 99.99 but now you guys are making me hesitant.
  18. MacVM macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2005
    I'm still confused. So what's the difference between external hard drives?
  19. wrxguy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2005
    Deepest Regions of Hell
    External HD is NOT inside your comp, it plugs into your firewire 800 or 400 port or your USB, INTERNAL is exactly that INSIDE your comp.
    Has anyone ever checked ebay for External HD's??? I found LaCie 500GB External for Buy it now price of $300....killer deals there
  20. pammyspyce macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2005
    Bay Area, Calif
    I want to get an external HD for my photos. I have almost 20 gigs of pics! But mostly it will just be for backup. I keep all my music and photos on my iMac since it has a big HD. My PB has the bare bones. I have a few photos of my kids and my favorite playlists.
  21. tuartboy macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
    I just posted this over on another thread. Hopefully it answers a question or two.

  22. puckhead193 thread starter macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    yea someone actually payed for it, his name is "dad" ;) :eek:
  23. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    You can get external hard drive enclosures for both desk top hard drives as well as enclosures for laptop hard drives. The enclosures for desktop hard drives are MUCH larger, obviously. I have had firewire and usb enclosures and the firewire ones are better for previously posted reasons. The desktop hard drive things are gigantic hogs when they sit on your desk but cheaper and usually more storage space -- up to 250gigs as previously posted. Funny, but if I'm going to get an external hard drive, the speed of the drive 5400 7200 or 4200 doesn't seem to matter to me, but to some people, it may make a difference.

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