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External Hard drives for Macs

by Nomorecds / July 17, 2007 2:43 PM PDT

I'm getting rid of about 1500 CDs one way or another. I want to rip all of them onto an external hard drive which will need to be Mac compatabile. I've looked at a few on the apple website but they all seem to have reliability issues. I'm not totally oposed to something other than an external drive if there's something I'm missing.

Any tips or product sugestions?

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Re: external drives for Mac
by Kees Bakker / July 18, 2007 12:37 AM PDT

The answer I got from a Mac engineer in a comparable post is in http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6122_102-0.html?forumID=44&threadID=250781&messageID=2505160#2505160

It shows you can put any external USB2.0 hard drive into a Mac, if formatted FAT32. There's no need to limit yourself to an Apple offer.

Of course, it's a very bad idea to trust any internal or external hard disk to be fail-safe and ever-lasting. On the contrary, look at them as error-prone and short-lasting. So the least you can do is keep your current 1500 CD's as a backup. Or buy two hard disks and copy your data to both, having one as a backup for the other.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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My lesson.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2007 1:11 AM PDT

Connect with the interface the machines love.

Apple = Firewire.
PC+Windows = USB 2.0
PC+Linux = either.

As to the formatting, I find FAT32 to be too unreliable. Many have brought me a failed file system for recovery so another lesson is...

Apple = Apple's file system.
PC+Windows = NTFS.
PC+Linux = Whatever you choose and NTFS if you do a little research.

Bob

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