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September 22, 2011 5:15:27 AM

I am looking for an external hard drive for my mac book pro. I am using bootcamp so I will need one that is compatible with osx and win xp. The size can be anywhere between 320 gb to 1tb, although 320gb would be sufficient, I would like to get one large and durable one than a smaller one that i may have to replace. I am looking to spend up to $150. I have checked out PCmag, PC world, Newegg, and cnet for their reviews. Most were out of my price range. There were some in Newegg that seems like a very good deal. I found a 1.5tb western digital for $110 that is on sale for $80. It seems too good to be true, but the customers reviews were positive although there are number of one-star ratings. here is the link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=22-136-...
has anyone used this external hd? Any other recommendations and insight would be appreciated :D 

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September 22, 2011 7:17:05 AM

I recommend WD. Been using for years without a single hiccup. The 1-star reviews seem to be complaining mostly about low transfer speed, which may or may not be true. As I cannot find a spindle speed for that drive, it probably uses their green power-saving technology, which is slower.
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September 22, 2011 10:45:05 AM

I built my own, The steps are very straight forward and simple. All you need are 1 external enclosure and 1 hard disk. And the total cost is a lot less than $150, and the quality is far superior to what is available on the market. Here are the parts I used:

Enclosure: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard disk: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The assembly is simple and the unit is very rugged. I have three of these running mainly for backup purposes on 4 different computers, from 14 months (newest) to 22 months (oldest).

Both the WD as well as the Seagate listed work very well.

Sabrent also makes a similar enclosure: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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