Was this external HDD a good buy?

dmw007

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I was shopping at Staples today and I saw a Maxtor external HDD on sale. It is a Maxtor Basics Personal Storage 3200 HDD

Specs-
300GB, 16MB Cache, 7,200 rpm USB 2.0, etc....

I paid $130, was this a good deal. Is this HDD okay for backing up my data and providing extra storage space? Is there a better model/make that I should return this one for? Any help would be appreciated. :)



BTW, anyone care to recommend some software to backup my data? :)
 

extraextra

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I have a Maxtor external HDD. It works fine. (it only works on Windows though - or at least mind does!)

Although I paid $100 for a 100GB one at Office Depot.
 

Nuc

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I've never had a maxtor external drive last very long. The drives were always fine but the enclosures sucked. If you ever find that the enclosure has a problem just stick the drive in another enclosure. Other than that I believe this was a good buy.

Nuc
 

dmw007

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extraextra said:
I have a Maxtor external HDD. It works fine. (it only works on Windows though - or at least mind does!)

Although I paid $100 for a 100GB one at Office Depot.
I just wiped and reformatted the drive to work with Mac OS X- now it works for both reading & writing to the drive. Seeing how I paid $30 more for 200GB of extra storage, it sounds like I got a bargain. :)
 

Heb1228

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Sounds like a pretty good deal. I'm not big on USB, but its likely that Intel Macs do a better job with performance than PPCs Macs do/did.

The brand is fine, there isn't much difference between HDD brands.
 

illegalprelude

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Got a damn good deal I believe. For backing up content, no big diff. between Firewire and USB 2 imho. For streaming and editing and such, huge but for just my backup drive, I also use USB and it works just fne :cool:
 

dmw007

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Heb1228 said:
Sounds like a pretty good deal. I'm not big on USB, but its likely that Intel Macs do a better job with performance than PPCs Macs do/did.

The brand is fine, there isn't much difference between HDD brands.
I am not a big fan of USB either, but the only firewire HDD that Staples had cost $300 for the same size. And yes, Intel based Macs are supposedly faster when reading/writing to USB. :)

illegalprelude said:
Got a damn good deal I believe. For backing up content, no big diff. between Firewire and USB 2 imho. For streaming and editing and such, huge but for just my backup drive, I also use USB and it works just fne :cool:
Yep, I just plan to use it for backup my files. :)