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Need a recommendation for an extrnal hard drive

140 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 23, 2013 7:38 PM by rkaufmann87 RSS
Jimbudd1 Calculating status...
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Oct 23, 2013 5:49 PM

i need recommendation on adding a hard drive to my IMAC running OSX10.5.8 I want to move files to it to free up space and also use it for time machine backup.. My current hard drive is a 320gb and I only have 12gb available


Any suggestions on the best hard drive to purchase and the difficulty in moving files.  I am NOT a techie





  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,770 points)
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    Oct 23, 2013 6:23 PM (in response to Jimbudd1)

    If you're looking for an external drive that is already in an enclosure you should check out OWC decent prices and good service and a wide range of options.




    Just saw the bit about moving files. Just  make sure  whatever disk you get is formatted for Mac. It needs to be OS X Extended, when you get the drive and hook it up run Disk Utility to format it.


    To move files the easiest thing is to just use the finder and drag what you want to move over to the new drive. Dragging to a different drive will copy the files so once you're done and know the files are OK on the new drive you will need to delete them from  the original drive.


    This might  be a good time to think about starting some sort of backup program.




  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,175 points)
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    Oct 23, 2013 7:37 PM (in response to Jimbudd1)

    I second Frank's recommendation of OWC's external hard drive. I have 6 that I'm using and am very happy with them.  Unless you have a Mac with a USB 3 port I'd get one with Firewire connectivity for speed. 



  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,540 points)
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    Oct 23, 2013 7:38 PM (in response to Jimbudd1)

    Another thumbs up for OWC.


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