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What is a good quality portable external hard drive at a reasonable price (i.e. less than $150)?

Asked by flader (17 points ) November 10th, 2006
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andrew's avatar
Mac or PC?
flader's avatar
PC please
andrew's avatar
How old is the PC?
flader's avatar
umm... laptop i bought in 2004. windows XP
andrew's avatar
Let me check...
flader's avatar
the hard drive is only 20G and i've basically filled it up with music, so i'm looking to get a lil' external hard drive to dump all my music on and free up some space
flader's avatar
make sense?
andrew's avatar
Well, one thing you *could* do is get an old generation ipod and use it as an external hard drive... then you always listen to the music as well.
flader's avatar
funny you should say that because my ipod IS reaaally old and i was about to invest in a new one
flader's avatar
and the old ipod can't fit all my old music anyway, plus it's wonky and i wouldn't trust it as the only storage device for my tunes
andrew's avatar
You can switch the format of ipod so that it can act as a hard drive.
flader's avatar
ohhhh yes, i recall that now. how do i do that?
andrew's avatar
I think there's a setting in itunes
flader's avatar
oh wait, i lied about the laptop- it is 40G. and i actually have more than 20G of music which is why it wouldn't work to use my old ipod, because it doesn't all fit. i'd like to have it all in one place, plus room for more.
andrew's avatar
Do you have a firewire port on your laptop?
flader's avatar
or could a 20G ipod hold more music if it isn't storing them as audio files? (sorry this is confusing to me)
andrew's avatar
No, 20G means 20G
flader's avatar
firewire... i think so
flader's avatar
is it the little one with a symbol that is a little circle with lines coming out of it?
flader's avatar
yup i got that
andrew's avatar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Firewire_Icon.svg
flader's avatar
yes, that's the one
flader's avatar
wow, this chat thing is neato
andrew's avatar
So, here's your options.
andrew's avatar
I'd go to a site like newegg.com or amazon.
andrew's avatar
Look for a firewire external drive
andrew's avatar
and read a couple of reviews
andrew's avatar
some name brands are western digital
flader's avatar
cool. firewire because it is faster than usb?
andrew's avatar
You can also get a usb 2.0, but i'm pretty sure firewire is faster
andrew's avatar
Not sure about price...someone else might be able to help you.
flader's avatar
groovy. i'd never heard of newegg- thanks. i'm sick of "epinions"- the tech reviews suck
andrew's avatar
Check back tomorrow. I'm sure more people will have answers.
flader's avatar
thank you!!!
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yay fluther!
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(how on earth did you come up with that name?!)
andrew's avatar
fluther is a school of jellyfish.
andrew's avatar
and it took us 6 months
flader's avatar
in that case i think your tagline should be "fluther. get schooled."
andrew's avatar
come to the feedback chat...
kullyflower's avatar
I've been very happy with OWC (Other World Computing). I bought one of their Mercury Elite line. Easy to choose between Firewire, USB, or both. I think you'd be happy with the performance of USB 2 as well as Firewire.
kullyflower's avatar
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/
ben's avatar
Great deals for nonmal hds can be found at
ben's avatar
http://dealnews.com/categories/Computer/Storage/Hard-Drives/External-Hard-Drives/USB-Hard-Drives/254.html
ben's avatar
right now 300 gigs < $100
ben's avatar
Though for high quality I'd recommend Lacie... Sometimes they have deals on that brand too
colin's avatar
i have a lacie d2 drive. i bought it on recommendation, and it's always worked well for me
colin's avatar
btw, i would NOT use an ipod as a form of external storage. they freeze up somewhat frequently and require a restoration to factory settings, which erases everything you have on there.
benjiwitz's avatar
check the inserts in your sunday paper for office depot, best buy, staples sales.... $24 for a 1GB usb drive isn't bad... also check out froogle.com
vered4's avatar
Check this site regularly: www.slickdeals.net
vered4's avatar
You will find LOTS of 'memory sticks' on this site for great prices! And rebates that no one knows about!
carlosp's avatar

I’ll second the recommendation for Other World Computing (www.macsales.com). They sell drives for both Macs and PCs, and many that work both for USB 2.0 and Firewire 400/800. Very versatile. And in the price range you specified. Check out the Neptune series.

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