questionswhat's the best usb flash drive to use with an…

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It has usb 2.0, so no worries about getting a flash drive that won't work. That sounds like a fine plan, provided you already have the usb drives laying around. If you're gonna have to buy them, I'd suggest an external hard drive. For around $100 (possibly less), you'll have all the space you need AND a backup drive for when you get the new computer. I'd really recommend going that route, since it's better to have a backup of your data and not need it, than need a backup of all your data and not have it.

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@rprebel: Thanks! Any suggestions on a hard drive? I don't know much about any of this, and I also can't afford much $$ wise. Thank you for your thoughtful response.

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@palady: Newegg has a Samsung drive for $70, and Amazon has a Seagate drive for the same price. I like Western Digital, but in my experience a hard drive is a hard drive. They're both 500GB.

Happy to help.

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@rprebel: I can't thank you enough for the idea and the links! Even if I got a smaller hard drive for less money, it would likely serve my overall needs better than the flash drive. I knew I could come to woot for help! I guess these devices work with PC's or apples, since I didn't see any specs that would tell me otherwise.
Thanks again!

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They should work for both Windows and Mac, but you may want to consider reformatting it when you get it so that it works better with your Mac as explained here: http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/formatting_hd_mac_stone.html. Also, even if the hard drive is advertised as "Windows Only," you can follow the instructions in the article to reformat it so that it will work with a Mac. I did this with the last hard drive I bought, and it was much cheaper, only about $70 for a 1.5 terabyte Seagate hard drive.

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If you're trying to save money, buying another Mac may not be in your best interest. They're quite nice, but not exactly great bang-for-the-buck.

If you are thinking of getting anything other than a Mac, you'll NOT want to do the reformatting that's suggested above, as then you won't be able to get to your old files without an awful lot of extra hassle.

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Thank you to everyone who's offered suggestions. I'll give each one thought. I'm not computer savvy enough to try reformatting, and my hope would be to eventually get another Mac, as that's all I've used since the 1980's. I love them (I know, many don't) but they are pricey, and it's true when I look at an HP and compare prices, it makes me gag a bit. Often I have found great deals on products that are only a couple of years old from people who just have to have the latest and biggest. I have a friend like that and am going to call him and see if he's got anything he's ready to sell in a few months. I even bought one from a very trusted seller on ebay - the one I've been using for about 5 years now, but sadly he's no longer selling. Thanks again!