Regarding External HDs

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Andy348, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Andy348 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2009
    I was looking to get something like a 500GB external drive for Christmas until I thought of something... I've got a decent gaming PC just sitting around that I never use. If I took that 250GB HD and bought an enclosure, could I use that as an external drive? Could I boot my PC off of it (wishful thinking!)? If not, what would I need to format it into?

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Yes it would work if you pulled it out and stuck it in an enclosure. Not sure if you could boot the PC from it, but I don't really know about that.

    You'll have to have the drive formatted as Mac OS Extended Journaled if you'll be using it as a Mac-only external drive (for storage or Time Machine) or NTFS if you want both your mac and PC to read it. With NTFS you need something like Macfuse so the Mac can read it.
  3. thunderboltspro macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2009
    firewire would be the way to go, I think usb would be to slow.
  4. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    booting with USB is fine.

    Using it via USB2 will be fine as well, unless you are planning on using on a regular basis for disk intensive work.

    If you just need more storage, then I would just drop a new drive into your Macbook.

    320 gig 5400 RPM drives are plenty cheap, starting at $60 (or spend another $15 and get 7200 rpm ), and would give you 3X the space you have now, and are super simple to install. 8 year old could do it.

    need more? 500 gigs runs $90.

    pickup a firewire 2.5" case for your original drive and use it for backup, tunes storage, etc, etc -- $25

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