I need help picking out an external hard drive, and was hoping that Unplggd could help my un-tech savvy self. I have a new Macbook to replace my old Dell laptop. I want to get an external drive that is compatible with both. I'd like to take all of the old music (about 5,000 songs), photos, and a few documents off of my old laptop and store them from there. In the interest of keeping my new Macbook in good shape, I'd like to store the new music I download and any future pictures on there, as well. I'd like something that's easy to use, and easy to access my files from. And the less expensive the better! Any guidance would be great!
For basic backup, pretty much any USB hard drive would work for you. Check out a roundup we did here. From your description though it sounds like you may be better off with a network attached drive...assuming that you already have a wireless network at your house. A network attached drive will let you keep future pictures and music from cluttering your new Mac, but also allow you to access your files without having to plug in and power up an external drive every time you want to move something around. Not the cheapest option but the Apple Time Capsule gives you easy setup and a wireless router if you don't already have one. Since you have a new Mac you can also use Time Machine to regularly backup your files so that you don't have to worry about it.
Any other suggestions for Courtney?