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Old 02-15-2008, 01:17 PM   #21
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So, when I get an external HD, do I have to buy an operating system for it? The laptop has XP Pro.
Nope. Most externals (if not all of them) are plug and play. The external drive will have a USB connection. Just plug that into your computer and your computer should recognize the drive.
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Old 02-15-2008, 01:19 PM   #22
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Great. Thanks GB.

I saw a Seagate 250 gb for $89. It's not a one touch but I would just use the backup function on XP to take care of it. All I have to do is select the HD as the destination, right.
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Old 02-15-2008, 03:43 PM   #23
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I have a Seagate Free Agent external hard drive and I love it Andy. I had it up and running in 5 seconds from the time I opened the box. Yes you just select the hard drive destination. So instead of putting it on your C drive you will put it on whatever letter your external is. Mine is the F drive I think.
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Sounds like you have what I am looking at. What do you think about the need for 250gb vs 500gb. There is about a $30 price difference.
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Just wanted to mention, I used to use an external HD as a backup drive - then it died. I took it to a computer shop and they couldn't even get it to spin up. I still have it, in case some miracle technique is developed sometime in the future that can get the data off of it, but now I use DVDs. Since they're not magnetic, they're more reliable, and they hold a lot more data than CDs. HTH.
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Old 02-15-2008, 05:05 PM   #26
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I only trust external hard drive, because if there is no internet access, any network drive can not be reached at all.
You don't need Internet access to access drives on a network that is only in your house.
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Just wanted to mention, I used to use an external HD as a backup drive - then it died. I took it to a computer shop and they couldn't even get it to spin up. I still have it, in case some miracle technique is developed sometime in the future that can get the data off of it, but now I use DVDs. Since they're not magnetic, they're more reliable, and they hold a lot more data than CDs. HTH.
The only way to do that is to take the metal disk out and put it in a new hard drive, removing its metal disk first. They have to be the same drive, and it is a very expensive procedure usually reserved for businesses.
I did it once on an older hard drive, but the new ones are too delicate for me to do in my static free vacuum box.
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Sounds like you have what I am looking at. What do you think about the need for 250gb vs 500gb. There is about a $30 price difference.
If a price difference of $30 doesn't bother you, go for it.
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Sounds like you have what I am looking at. What do you think about the need for 250gb vs 500gb. There is about a $30 price difference.
I would definitely drop the extra $30 and get the larger drive. I have always found that no matter how much space I have, after time I always wish I had more. I think it is wise to get the largest capacity drive you can afford.
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Just wanted to mention, I used to use an external HD as a backup drive - then it died. I took it to a computer shop and they couldn't even get it to spin up. I still have it, in case some miracle technique is developed sometime in the future that can get the data off of it, but now I use DVDs. Since they're not magnetic, they're more reliable, and they hold a lot more data than CDs. HTH.
It is true that drive can die leaving you with no access to anything on it. That is certainly a danger to be aware of. Do not be fooled into thinking that DVD's are safe either though. There have been many reports of both CD's and DVD's degrading just by the passage of time. They are not archival material. That is why I back up my important files in multiple ways. I have my really important stuff on my computer, my external hard drive, CD or DVD, and on the internet.
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