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Old 02-28-2004, 03:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to purchase a hard drive with as much as space as possible for $300 or less, 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.

I think I'd prefer a drive that had used a usb 2 port instead of a firewire 400 (for speed...I compared on pricegrabber the speeds of the firewire and usb 2.0, the 2.0 is faster by 80 mbps). However, the firewire 800 is much faster, so I found this as the best choice..

The way I knew that the smartdisk didn't require cd installation/extra software is because it said so, and under "system requirements", a cd-rom drive wasn't listed (and it is listed as a req with other hard drives). So with the above link, the lacie drive doesn't require a cd rom drive, so is it safe to assume that it is really hot pluggable like the description says?

And if so, why is the lacie cheaper than the 80gb smartdisk?
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