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plug in external hard drive?


I want to purchase a hard drive with 100+ gb of space, but I don't want to have to have to install any software in order to use it.

I will mainly be using it with macs, and on the apple site I found the smartdisk firelite, an 80gb for $379, but it's available elsewhere for $300. But I also found the Shecom hard drive and the La Cie Lacie D2 hard drive on cnet. I'm not sure whether they require cd installation, though - it says you can just plug it in, but it doesn't specifically mention (like in the smartdisk description on the apple site) that cd installation is not required.

So do the Shecom and/or Lacie hard drives require software installation, or is there anything which has more than 80gb of space (the max space of the SmartDisk Firelite devices)?


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"I want to purchase a hard drive with 100+ gb of space, but I don't want to have to have to install any software in order to use it."

How do I answer this? An OS is still needed on most machines which we get to install. For some OSes, a driver is needed and on too many machines the USB 2.0 that you want is not supported without updates to the OS.

The update for windows is noted at

I don't think you'll find such an animal.


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Sorry, I don't think my wording was clear...the macs I will be plugging an external hard drive into all have OS X and the works, it's just that often times when using an external drive, you first have to install the included software cd-rom in order to use the external drive.

However, there are some externals that don't require cd-rom installation (like the 80gb smartdisk firelite). But I'm looking for hard drives with more space than 80gb, but the same easy plug in method as the smartdisk.

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I've used the various drive cases from and fit 160GB and such drives inside. Some like the ADS claim for some OSes no drivers are needed. The ADS notes the OSX as such. Just a week ago an 160GB drive was after rebate just $49, so that gives you an idea how cheap such things are.


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