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    External Hard Drive

    I'm going to get one of these to backup my files while I reinstall my XP and after that just to backup pics and things. Any advice on brands, where to buy or anything else I should know?


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    Re: External Hard Drive

    I did some research a month or so ago, and asked a few people.

    Seagate's FreeAgent came up tops.



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    Re: External Hard Drive

    I like Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! for most things PC related. You can even just buy the enclosure if you have a harddrive laying around somewhere.
    Sometimes your big box stores will have some external drives on clearance for great prices though, so it can be worth a shot to look at them.



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    Re: External Hard Drive

    I don't think it really matters much, there are only a few companies that make the actual drives. Segate seems to be the best consumer grade HD's right now. They also are one of the 2 best non consumer HD makers, along with Hitachi.


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    Re: External Hard Drive

    Also - I got ALOT of negative comments on Western Digitals equipment.

    I went to Amazon and checked out a few brands and looked that the comments people left. There seemed to be a stark difference between some. A couple (ie WD) had ALOT of failures and other issues.



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    Re: External Hard Drive

    I agree that the Seagate FreeAgent's seem to be about the best for price/performance/capacity. I've always been a fan of Seagate's drives but typically they all fall into the same failure rate nowadays - Seagate used to be far ahead of the others but they've all improved to be fairly equal. The Seagate drives "usually" run quieter if you're going to have it close by.

    Depending on how elaborate you want to get - you can also get NAS drives that you can hook up directly to your home network. We have a server in the basement to backup all the CF stuff and it only gets Seagate drives.


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    Re: External Hard Drive

    I have a 350GB Maxtor and a 250GB Seagate. No problems with either. I use the Maxtor as a backup drive for the data on the Seagate and for some stuff that's on the internal drive. Better safe than sorry..I hope.



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    Re: External Hard Drive

    Seagate and LaCie make some great stuff. I have been making my own, but if I didnt, I would go with those two.



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    Re: External Hard Drive

    I have a Maxtor 120GB (that's a couple of years old now) that I use as my storage device for MP3s, photos, videos, etc. No problems whatsoever, and works even better than it did now that I have USB2 installed in my computer.


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    Re: External Hard Drive

    I had a maxtor that I liked. I now have a western digital. I really can't tell the difference speed wise or useability but the Maxtor came with Retrospect 6.0 software that is nice software for setting up automatic backups.


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    Re: External Hard Drive

    Just buy a regular hard drive, then a enclosure. You will save a ton of money.



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    Re: External Hard Drive

    I don't know how deeply you are going to get into this...But I bought a SATA enclosure from newegg that had a dual connection (eSATA and USB 2.0), and a Seagate 500 GB SATA drive. I stuck a generic SATA card with the VIA chipset in my PC (and also a SATA DVD-RW drive just for the heck of it ).

    The eSATA is blazing fast. I timed some file transfers to the external drive, and eSATA blew USB 2.0 away. However the hot-plugging for eSATA drives in Windows XP is a little rough yet, but the latest driver for my VIA SATA card has improved that issue.


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    Re: External Hard Drive

    I like going to CNET and checking out their reviews on products I am looking to buy. I did that before I bought my new Sony camera and HP printer and have been happy with both.



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    Re: External Hard Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    Just buy a regular hard drive, then a enclosure. You will save a ton of money.
    My 350gb Maxtor was only $90. Found it via Slick Deals or one of the other deals sites.



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