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 Post subject: Apple Hardware
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 12:19 PM 

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:?: I guess its time for me to get serious about back-up. What would be the best brand of external hard for both a power book and an ibook? Also, what about Flash drives.

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It's nice to see someone else here.

Anyway, in terms of your question, you'll get the best deal if you're willing to buy your own enclosure and attach your own drive. To be honest, it's pretty much a "plug-in the drive" operation. If you do that, make sure you get a Firewire enclosure (shell that hard drive fits into). It can have USB 2.0 as well, but you really want Firewire (also known as IEEE-1394) so you can boot from your external hard drive. I wouldn't bother with Firewire 800 since, for home uses, it doesn't make any difference. Depending on the age of your Mac, you won't even have a Firewire 800 port. Also make sure that you get an Oxford 911 bridge (chipset) in the enclosure.

You can buy the enclosure at Computer as well as many other places. Then, it's a simple matter of buying a drive for the enclosure.

If you really don't want to mess with all of this, then LaCie and Other World Computing make some nice pre-built external Firewire drives. It'll cost a little more money, but they avoid the hassles of making sure that you bought the right items.

If you look at Other World Computing's stuff, I'd take a serious look at their Neptune line since it's priced more affordably than their other line of external hard drives.

As far as flash drives, I've had luck with almost anything. I wouldn't buy a flash drive with a manufacturer that you've never heard of. However, I tend to feel that way about almost any computer item. Depending on the flash drive, it may draw too much current to be used in the keyboard USB ports. However, I've only had that problem once or twice. I wouldn't use a flash drive for backups, but it's great for moving files from one Mac to another or even from a Mac to a PC (or the other way around). That all works as long as the flash drive is formatted as a PC drive. Most drives will come pre-formatted this way so you'll get this functionality as long as you don't reformat the drive using Disk Utility.

Bob C

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