User-Friendly External Hard Drive for iBook G4?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Tapdance42, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. Tapdance42 macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2009
    I am looking to purchase an external hard drive for my iBook G4, and could use some advice. There are so many products on the market, and I'm having a hard time figuring out where to begin.

    My primary concerns are that it be relatively affordable (under $150), small-ish in size (I live in a tiny apartment with limited storage space) and VERY user-friendly. (I mostly use my Mac for e-mail, surfing the web, listening to music, and uploading photographs from my digital camera--anything too technical is going to confuse me!)

    I plan to use the hard drive primarily for backing up iTunes (about 8,000 songs) and also a few photographs, so 250 GB or so is probably plenty of storage space.

    Any recommendations? Anything to avoid? Do I need something specifically designed for Mac (such as those produced by Western Digital) or will any hard drive work?

  2. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
    User Friendly? You plug it in and thats it, how much more user friendly do you need?
  3. Tapdance42 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2009
    Sorry--I've never bought one of these things before, and have NO idea how it works. Since they're selling a Mac-ready version, I was assuming that the others were PC-ready and had to be formatted for use on a Mac. If this isn't the case, is there any advantage to buying those made specifically for a Mac? Why are they more expensive?
  4. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    It's very easy to reformat an external hard drive, so I wouldn't worry too much about buying a Mac ready one. Just get one that fits your needs (small in size and affordable). If the one you like is not Mac ready, just ask on here how to reformat it.
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Formatting a drive takes a few clicks. You launch Disc Utility, select the drive, select how you want it formatted and click a button.

    Once formatted, it will appear on your desktop and you use it like the internal drive on your Mac.
  6. Macmel macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2008
    As other people have pointed out, pluging and using it is normally as hard as it gets. Nevertheless, Lacie, for example makes Mac-friendly drives already formatted for Mac. I have one, 500 Gb bought 1 year ago that has been working flawslessly since (It was around $200 at that time, much cheaper now and that's my Time Machine drive). Also have an Iomega, older one, working flawlessly too for over 2 years (160 Gb).
    If space is too much of a constraint, you could go for a portable one, this 3.5" ones, pocket size, but note that this kind is normally more expensive per Gb than the desktop ones.
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Iomega makes a decent 500 gb drive firewire/usb for about $ 125 incl shipping from Amazon. It comes Mac formatted.
  8. Tapdance42 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2009

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