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Thomas asks…

How do I decide which hard drive to buy for my macbook?

My old 120GB was damaged and all my data gone. I got over that, but now I need a new hard drive. I think I’d go for a 200-320 hard disk. Any ideas what to do? Where to look? And how much would it cost? What are the top brands that I should be looking at.. Thanks.

New Niche Finder answers:

This is one of the best: Seagate Momentus 7200.4
It comes in a variety of sizes, has faster speeds and longer warranty.
However, as you have discovered, hard drives occasioanlly fail and you can lose all your data.
So, I strongly, STRONGLY recommend that you get yourself an external HD as well.
You can use the built-in mac Time Machine software to back up all your data or just store large files (eg video).
Regards, Zyfert

Ruth asks…

Can I install an external cd rom on a blank hard drive?

We have a Pavillion lap top the hard drive failed. We installed a new hard drive and discovered the cd/dvd rom drive does not work. How can we install start up disks without a cd/dvd rom drive? We thought of an external dvd rom drive but, how do we install that without an operating system?

New Niche Finder answers:

I actually had to do that and it was excruciatingly hard.
But lookup “how to install windows through the network” and that should help.
If not, you can also try sharing a DVD drive from another computer over your home network, but that requires you already have an OS.
Besides that if you can afford another DVD drive, i recommend that since it will make your life sooo much easier.

Mark asks…

How do I change my external hard drive from read only to writable?

Just bought a new MAC to replace my old PC and my external hard drive is being shown as a read only drive when I plug it in. How can I change it back to a writable drive without losing my data? The PC is dead and can’t be used as a file storage device so I can completely reformat the drive for MAC only use. If you need additional information just ask. Thanks in advance.

New Niche Finder answers:

Your old Windows drive is almost certainly formatted as NTFS which, as you’ve discovered, OSX can read but not write. You’ll have to copy the files off the old drive to another device for safekeeping, use Disk Utility to reformat the old drive to Mac OS Extended (Journaled), and then copy them back to the old drive.

Obviously, this will be easiest if you copy them to the Mac’s drive, at least temporarily — assuming you have enough space.

PS – You *could* format the old drive as simply Mac OS Extended, but the Journaled option is a much better choice. See http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.5/en/8835.html for an explanation.

Maria asks…

Where is the best and cheapest place to buy a Western Digital 1TB External Hard Drive?

I want to get a 1tb externa hard drive, and discovered that WD is the best brand to go. But being a student and on a budget I’m trying to find the best deal. So if anyone can please let me know where is the best place to get one, be it Fry’s, Amazon, Newegg, etc, please let me know.

Any advise helps, thanks!!

New Niche Finder answers:

This looks like the cheapest one to get right now, good reviews too. Http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136469 Hope this helps!
Oh and also that’s actually the cheapest deal for 1 TB I’ve ever seen, for external drives that is.

Mary asks…

How do I get video footage into iMovie?

I recently discovered an external hard drive that my mom used a few years ago with her windows computer. It works fine on the mac. On it is some footage of an overseas trip that I need. When I view it, it comes up in some automatic program. When I ask to have it opened in iMovie, iMovie opens, but nothing happens. There was some other footage on it, and when I first connected the hard drive, a window opened and I was able to import it right there.
How can I get this footage available to be used in iMovie?
Thanks!

New Niche Finder answers:

It may be QuickTime that opens those files but that’s only a guess.
I would suggest running them through a converter.
There are heaps of them around, everybody seems to have a different favourite and without knowing the file format it’s hard to recommend one.
This is a converter for mac which is free:
http://www.squared5.com/svideo/mpeg-streamclip-mac.html
Otherwise try the ones such as:
http://media-convert.com/
http://www.mediaconverter.org/
Regards, Zyfert

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