Windows XP or 320 GB HD?

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  1. rasmusschaal macrumors member

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    Hello im quite in a dilemma.
    I have just the money to buy a licensed Windows XP or a 320 GB harddisk.
    The reason for buying a new harddisk is that my current one is only 80 GB (MacBook 2 GHz standard) and i wanna be able to have Windows on it with a good bunch of space.
    But if i buy the windows i havent got enough space to enjoy it?
    And if i bought the harddisk i dont know what to use the space for..

    What would you guys/girls choose?
     
  2. BigJohno macrumors 65816

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    I would get the hd. Windows is the devil.
     
  3. rasmusschaal thread starter macrumors member

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    Doesnt it need a service pack 2 to be installed?

    But anyways.
    its christmas tomorrow. Who knows, perhaps ill get the XP and i can buy the HD? :D
     
  4. rasmusschaal thread starter macrumors member

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    Whoa do you think my parents are billionaires? :eek:
    I got like 134$ atm..
    Then i might get a job with 10$ an hour.
    Then ill hopefully be able to afford both :D
     
  5. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Why not save up and see how you feel in a month? If you still want the drive and XP, you'll be in a better position to buy. On the other hand, you might find in a month's time that you didn't really want/need either. That's what I'd do.
     
  6. Neutral Gamer macrumors 6502a

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    What do you need the space for? Do you need it for large amounts of music / photos / video etc. or for games for example? Cos then obviously the hard disk drive is the option to go with.

    On the other hand if you just like the idea of having a large amount of space but don't necessarily need it right now, then go for Windows. There's only a couple of programs that I really need Windows for and so Windows and the software I use for it doesn't take that much space up anyway.

    Of course if you want to use Windows for gaming (which is the most common reason) then those games will take valuable hard disk drive space up and you'd need a large hard disk AS WELL. Which of course doesn't help your situation!

    There's always a third option, and that's to get a smaller hard disk drive AND Windows, although that still might not be economically feasible.

    Windows is not THAT bad, not to the extent that people make out anyway. Don't go around installing "free" programs from the net and generally be sensible with your download choices and you'll have no problems.

    Windows has advantages over Mac OS and vice-versa. Don't let fanboyism blind you; it's how you use them and what you use them for that counts. Personally I like both operating systems. I just prefer Mac OS. That doesn't mean I should automatically hate Windows.

    Windows XP OEM edition is not that expensive. I don't know why you downloaded it illegally. If its cos you hate Windows or something and don't like the idea of paying for it then why are you using it in the first place?

    If it's cos you don't have enough money then ask yourself; would you steal an item from a shop if you didn't have enough money at the moment to purchase it?

    Christmas is not a time for stealing ...
     
  7. rasmusschaal thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you. Im basically gonna use MS cause im a kinda new Mac user so i dont have that much software for it. And i got Photoshop, MS Office and other stuff for windows so i kinda wanna keep that and dont spend 3000$ more on software i already own.
    But theres a third way; CrossOver
     
  8. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    get the HD... you can find a OEM copy of Windows XP for like 65 bucks at Newegg
     
  9. rasmusschaal thread starter macrumors member

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    What is OEM??

    And btw.. Why not get the HD and install linux? :D
     
  10. Neutral Gamer macrumors 6502a

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    OEM is the version that you can buy if you're building a new computer or upgrading your current computer. It's cheaper than the retail version but won't come with any manuals / boxes and you won't be entitled to any support. And of course you have to buy some hardware at the same time, such as a memory upgrade. Not sure if an external hard disk would count or not. Anyone want to confirm?

    Over here in the UK you can buy the OEM version of Windows XP for as low as £51 and Vista for around £55.

    Actually, Linux is a good idea. There's so many different versions that you could have some fun for a month or so while saving up for Windows! Also some of the 3D effects (although mostly pointless) do put Leopard's Time Machine and Spaces to shame in terms of coolness! :D
     
  11. rasmusschaal thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah actually i just found out that i have a Linux Ubuntu version on my PC. Think im gonna go for that job and save up for some months :D
     
  12. rasmusschaal thread starter macrumors member

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    Wuhu now i've ordered a 250 GB Samsung 5400 RPM HD for 154$ : )
    Im gonna partionate it so i have 150 GB For OS X and 100 GB for XP :D
    So im gonna save up for XP :D
     
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    Never should there be a time for stealing....
     
  15. John01021988 macrumors 6502

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    What the.... Since when you get support from M$?
     
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    It's not. The post has been deleted.

    For those that wonder why, please re-familiarize yourself with the forum rules.

    Have a wonderful holiday season!
     
  17. evillageprowler macrumors regular

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    To rasmusschaal:

    Since you already ordered your HDD, I guess my advice is now a bit too late. But, if I were you, I'd save up to be able to buy both the HDD and Windows XP Pro (OEM) at the same time.

    [In the US, you can get XP Pro OEM for ~ $100 -- which is ~ $20 more than for XP Home.]

    I'm recommending this because HDD prices come down. In a month or two, 1TB drives will become even more popular and depress pricing for lesser capacity HDD's. And, look for sales.

    Thus, with a bit of patience and planning, you can get the most value for your money. And, when it is time to spend, you can decide if you want XP Pro or XP Home, what size HDD to get, and maybe even have enough extra HDD capacity for Solaris 10 x86 or Linux if you really want to get crazy.

    [There are many places to get free Linux distros; I use Fedora myself but I hear Ubuntu is quite excellent! Also, you can get free Solaris 10 directly from www.sun.com.]

    Good luck.

    EVP
     
  18. rasmusschaal thread starter macrumors member

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    I've just quitted the order.
    Thank you.
    Do you have any idea about what the HD's are going to cost?
     
  19. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Anywhere around the £120 mark ( not sure about denmark though) ive got one and cant fault it
     
  20. rasmusschaal thread starter macrumors member

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    what is mark?
     
  21. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    sorry in that context mark means approx
     
  22. evillageprowler macrumors regular

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    Do you have any idea about what the HD's are going to cost?

    I just paid 269 USD for a 1TB drive from WD from the local retail electronics store (Best Buy for those who are familiar enough with the US). When on sale, I've also seen 500GB drives go for 99 USD.

    EVP
     
  23. rasmusschaal thread starter macrumors member

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    Your kidding me, right? 500 GB for 99 USD??!?! :O
    Do you think they can ship to denmark? :O
     
  24. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Dont forget these are external drives and not internal
     
  25. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    there are many cheap external drives available in uk and the shipping would
    be alot less than from the US try google
     

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