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Aug 10, 2008 19:59 |  #1

Looking to get another external drive for back-up and storage, what's a good one to get. Running XP on a dell optiplex.


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Aug 10, 2008 20:21 |  #2

packpe89 wrote in post #6082939 (external link)
Looking to get another external drive for back-up and storage, what's a good one to get. Running XP on a dell optiplex.

i have a seagate free agent 500 gig and 750 gig hooked up to my dell now.

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Aug 10, 2008 20:25 as a reply to  @ ed rader's post |  #3

It doesn't matter what computer you are using. What is the one you are using now? You only have 4 or 5 manufacturers to choose from. Is it for a laptop or a desktop? I don't think there is much of a difference between companies when it comes to reliability but some offer a slightly longer warranty or a faster RPM if it's for a laptop. Last time I checked Hitachi and Seagate were the only HDD manufacturers for notebooks that offered a 7200 RPM drive, but that may have changed recently. I put a Hitachi 7200 rpm in my HP laptop along with the supplied 5400 rpm about 18 months ago and am happy with it. I also have 2 - 7200 rpm maxtors and a 2.5 7200 rpm Hitachi in USB enclosures and have had no problems so far.




  
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Aug 10, 2008 20:28 |  #4

desktop, but only looking for an external drive.

The free agent is one I have been looking at, along with the my book, maxtor and iomega


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Aug 10, 2008 22:53 |  #5

packpe89 wrote in post #6083108 (external link)
desktop, but only looking for an external drive.

The free agent is one I have been looking at, along with the my book, maxtor and iomega

I guess if you go with a all in one enclosure so to speak with software then you have more choices. I personally have always bought a hard drive and a usb enclosure separately. It is very easy to assemble but if you want the software that comes with these devices, I guess you have more choices. But remember the hard drives in these Iomega type things still uses one of the 4 or 5 major HDD inside. So when you say which is better... what do you mean? Reliability? Speed? software? Cooling?




  
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Aug 10, 2008 22:58 |  #6

what size do you guys suggest? I can get a 150 gig one for free.... what do you guys think? is that gunna be enough just for photos?


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Aug 10, 2008 23:08 |  #7

My personal recomendation, for whatever it is worth, is for the Seagate Free Agent series. I have read many reviews, to not get the Western Digital Mybooks because of how slow their transfer speeds are which is what led me away from them.


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Aug 10, 2008 23:10 |  #8

canonnoob wrote in post #6083781 (external link)
what size do you guys suggest? I can get a 150 gig one for free.... what do you guys think? is that gunna be enough just for photos?

I personally have about 250-300 GB of pictures on my external hard drive. It will depend mostly on what kind of files you shoot, how frequently you shoot etc. At that price though I would pick up that hard drive.


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Aug 10, 2008 23:12 |  #9

BradT0517 wrote in post #6083832 (external link)
I personally have about 250-300 GB of pictures on my external hard drive. It will depend mostly on what kind of files you shoot, how frequently you shoot etc. At that price though I would pick up that hard drive.

yeah i can always pick up a 350 gig one if i need another one... im taking all the photos off my computer and putting them onto the externals..


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Aug 10, 2008 23:23 |  #10

canonnoob wrote in post #6083781 (external link)
what size do you guys suggest? I can get a 150 gig one for free.... what do you guys think? is that gunna be enough just for photos?

It's free??? What's there to think about????




  
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Aug 10, 2008 23:24 |  #11

lol... true... but i didnt know if it would be worth getting all the pictures thrown over there just to move them again if there is too many...


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Aug 10, 2008 23:40 |  #12

I bought a 500 gb external hdd yesterday at Fry's for $89. I needed one to copy my files to so I could format the drive in my PC.

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Aug 11, 2008 00:16 |  #13

I have a WD MyBook 500 gig and love it.

I've also recently coupled it with the Belkin Wireless USB hub (attached to a Belkin N1 Vision router) and use it as a NAS (network attached storage) so I can backup both my desktop and laptop to it. Despite the bad reviews I've read for this set up regarding speed, its actually fast enough were I can stream video to my laptop!


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Aug 11, 2008 00:32 |  #14

packpe89 wrote in post #6083108 (external link)
desktop, but only looking for an external drive.

The free agent is one I have been looking at, along with the my book, maxtor and iomega

It's a silly thing, but I have to admit the Seagate FeeAgents are sexy .. :lol:

I now have three, bought one had it for a little over a year and when it came time got two more.
I was able to pick up the 2nd two for under $100.00 (500GB ) at Newegg.
Dead silent, I mean ZERo noise,. and they do the job well. the included software is fine, I used it for a while, but actually finally uninstalled it in favor of SynchBack.
I'd still recommend the Seagate software to anyone buying. I just went with an App I was more familiar with.

Size? Hard to say, I can't use smaller than 500GB for images, In fact I need a 1TB really.


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Aug 11, 2008 00:37 |  #15

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #6084230 (external link)
It's a silly thing, but I have to admit the Seagate FeeAgents are sexy .. :lol:

I now have three, bought one had it for a little over a year and when it came time got two more.
I was able to pick up the 2nd two for under $100.00 (500GB ) at Newegg.
Dead silent, I mean ZERo noise,. and they do the job well. the included software is fine, I used it for a while, but actually finally uninstalled it in favor of SynchBack.
I'd still recommend the Seagate software to anyone buying. I just went with an App I was more familiar with.

Size? Hard to say, I can't use smaller than 500GB for images, In fact I need a 1TB really.

I agree with you on that. I have actually been thinking about getting a second 500GB for redundancy purposes. The problem is that I might sadly have to get USB hub as I have filled my current 7 in 1.


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