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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

What's a good portable USB Drive?

After finding Mark's HOWTO Rip DVD Movies To Your iPod Using Free Software, I've started ripping some DVDs to my hard drive. On the list: Top Secret, Old School and Office Space. I imagine my hard drive will fill up pretty fast, so I'm in the market for a portable USB (or Firewire) Drive. Know of any good ones? I'll probably head down to the Apple Store tomorrow and pick one up.

Monday I'm heading out on a whirlwind trip to Milwaukee, followed by a weekend in Vegas. I'm teaching a class where we use Maven 2, so it might be a good idea to take the Maven repo with me. Especially since it's rumored the classroom won't have internet access. The good news is I have an Ubuntu VMWare image that already contains all the necessary JARs. Hopefully I can convince all the students to use it.

Update: In a perfect world, I could use my 60 GB iPod as a fat USB drive. However, it doesn't just "plugin and work" on a Windows box like thumb drives do. Rugged

Update 2: I ended up getting the LaCie Rugged All-Terrain Hard Drive. It was a little pricy, but it's tough to assign a value to a backup drive. With 120 GB, I should be able to use SuperDuper! to clone my hard drive and have plenty of room for movies.

rsync -v -t -l -r ftp.ibiblio.org::maven2 ~/.m2/repository

...is a wonderful thing. Looks like the Maven 2 repo is currently at 7.28 GB.

Posted in Mac OS X at Sep 09 2006, 05:16:48 PM MDT 11 Comments
Comments:

That's a good question, I'd be interested in the answers too!

Posted by Lars Fischer on September 10, 2006 at 04:31 AM MDT #

I've really enjoyed my Maxtor OneTouch harddrive (I don't use the stupid one-touch feature though).

Posted by Patrick Lightbody on September 10, 2006 at 10:12 AM MDT #

Is this Ubuntu VMWare image availible somewhere?

Posted by Srgjan Srepfler on September 10, 2006 at 11:24 AM MDT #

Srgjan - I could make it available. Unfortunately, it's a 2 GB zip file, so I'd have to put it on a torrent server or something. Anyone know how to do that?

Posted by Matt Raible on September 10, 2006 at 12:11 PM MDT #

Even better... install a 160gb 2.5" sata hard drive in your Macbook Pro... I just put mine in and its great having the double capacity. I got mine for $205.

Posted by Darren Salomons on September 11, 2006 at 03:19 PM MDT #

Darren - that sounds like a great idea! Where did you get yours? Does installing it violate your Apple (or AppleCare) warranty? There's an Apple Store across the street from my hotel this week, maybe I should run over and ask them.

Posted by Matt Raible on September 11, 2006 at 08:43 PM MDT #

Well techrestore.com will do the upgrade(drive included) for $349. On their website it says: "Q: Will this upgrade void my manufacturer warranty? A:The upgrades or repairs we perform will not void your manufacturer warranty. The manufacturer will just not cover any of the parts we install into your system under their warranty. Those parts are then covered by a TechRestore 1-year warranty and in the case of hard drives, a 3-5 year manufacturer warranty on the drive mechanism itself." I decided to go pick up the drive myself(has to be SATA version) from http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=100815 I then followed this guide to install the thing: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/85.5.0.html Whether I voided my warranty? I don't know. I've read a few forums about it and can't get a straight answer. Replacing the hard drive on the non-pro macbook is a do it yourself allowed procedure which does not void the warranty. I just need the space!

Posted by Darren Salomons on September 11, 2006 at 10:35 PM MDT #

It's good to see people using rsync, there's still people crawling the site to get all files throgh http killing bandwidth.

Posted by Carlos Sanchez on September 13, 2006 at 12:00 AM MDT #

Actually, isn't VMWare hosting VMWare images? I bet you can make the slickest Java distro around :)

Posted by Srgjan Srepfler on September 16, 2006 at 04:43 PM MDT #

I use RSyncX for making bootable clones. Check out my tutorial here: http://macgeek.freeflux.net/?start=40

Posted by skr3dii on November 05, 2006 at 02:04 PM MST #

Thanks for your aricle.Your solution also helped me.

Posted by daniel on February 02, 2008 at 01:05 AM MST #

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