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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 04:50 AM   #1
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Question External HD recommendation

My Mum's running out of HD space on her graphite iBook, and she's asked me to look into purchasing for her an external hard drive. However, I don't know that much about them, e.g. firewire vs. USB, heating/cooling issues, brands, etc. Price will be the most important issue for my Mum, hard drive size not so much (60GB would be fine, she'd never fill 120GB any time soon).

Can any one provide me with a recommendation or 2, direct me to review sites/articles, or direct me to a previous thread(s) where this was discussed (I tried searching ehMac but couldn't find something directly related).
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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 06:04 AM   #2
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http://www.lacie.com/au/
http://www.lacie.com/au/products/family.htm?id=10007
http://www.lacie.com/au/wheretobuy/

A good selection of external drives that will most likely be recomended to you.

(I myself however prefer to build my own external Firewire drives)
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LaCie drives are some of the sexiest I have ever seen; but for that look and style, you pay. I know that MacDoc had some nice 200 GB FW drives for $200 at one point. That's one of the best prices I've ever seen, and he might have some left.
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We do - they've been popular but our query is from Australia.



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The difference in price of the drives makes it worth your while to invest now in a slighly larger drive. I would recommend the Vantec enclosure that does both FireWire and USB2 [www.canadacomputers.com] and the largest drive you can afford.
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Definitely build your own...
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My Mum's running out of HD space on her graphite iBook, and she's asked me to look into purchasing for her an external hard drive.
The only point not brought up was if she wants/likes a 3.5 or 2.5 drive enclosure.
The 2.5 is more portable (it's basically a laptop hard drive).
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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 10:33 AM   #9
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Thanks all for the links and advice. I didn't known much about them previously.

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The only point not brought up was if she wants/likes a 3.5 or 2.5 drive enclosure.
The 2.5 is more portable (it's basically a laptop hard drive).
Portability is not an issue, the iBook almost always stays at home. That said, would you recommend the 3.5 enclosure, or still go smaller?

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The difference in price of the drives makes it worth your while to invest now in a slighly larger drive. I would recommend the Vantec enclosure that does both FireWire and USB2 [www.canadacomputers.com] and the largest drive you can afford.
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Definitely build your own...
From what I've researched, it doesn't appear difficult to build your own. Is my inference correct? I know plenty about software, but I'm a virgin when it comes to computer hardware!

Thanks again!!
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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 10:39 AM   #10
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Not sure about your Mom's graphite iBook, but mine doesn't have a Firewire port - just USB 1.0? Best check before you buy.
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