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best deal on 500 gig HD

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by blackopsglock, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. blackopsglock

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    Who has a sleeper of a deal on a external or internal 500 gb HD?
     
  2. Deanster

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  3. blackopsglock

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    Cool,,it looks like they have a external one for $129.western digital.Any advantage or disadvantage in the External?
     
  4. Deanster

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    All depends. Internal is almost always faster, external can be portable.

    I'd say that if you're using Firewire/1394 as your connector, it's a tossup. If you're looking at using USB2, then you'll see a major difference between internal and external speeds for large transfers. USB2 is a fine connector, but for big disks and big files, you begin to see its limitations.

    Internal SATA and ATA/IDE connections are very fast, but it's pretty much stuck in the machine at that point.
     
  5. IndyGunFreak

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    All depends on what you want to do with it. I personally really like External drives. Good place to keep current backups, way more practical than CDs or DVDs. Once you've got all your big stuff backedup, backing up in the evening probably won't take you very long.

    I've gotten in the habit of pretty much backing up every night. In the event something happens, I can have my system reinstalled from CD, and all of my backup software installed and my files back in place in about an hour. I'm not a big fan of imaging the drive, but that would be much faster.

    IGF
     
  6. sjfrellc

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    I recently bought an internal Maxtor Maxline Pro 500 Sata at Fry's for about $100 which transfers at 3.0gb Sata rate. I put it in an Icy dock external case. It came with an external SATA card to put in the desktop so you can use either an external Sata connector or a USB 2.0.


    The icy dock external is a bit expensive $50 but lots of features.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817198003

    Disadvantage of the external is the bulky power supply.

    Indy Gun Freak What backup software are you using?
     
  7. IndyGunFreak

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    I just backup files. I don't back up my entire OS. There's probably not a day that goes by I don't add music, or video, or something that I'd like to keep, and I generally just back up a few different folders every night.

    It doesn't take me very long to reinstall software from repositories, so I can have my system completely back up in no time.
     
  8. havensal

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    http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=203268361&adid=17653&dcaid=17653

    Cavalry 500GB - USB 2.0 & eSATA Dual Interface 7200RPM External Hard Drive Kit - CAXM37500 - Includes SATA to eSATA Adapter Cable



    eSATA Transfers Data up to 3Gb/s!!! This SATA to USB 2.0 & eSATA dual interface external hard drive provides not only SATA to USB 2.0 interface, but also SATA to eSATA (external SATA) interface to connect to your PC. This unit follows standard SATA specification which provides 3Gbit/sec throughput to reach better data-storage performance. The kit includes a SATA to eSATA adapter cable with bracket to add eSATA performance to virtually any PC.


    Features Pre-Formatted NTFS 500GB 7200RPM 3.5" SATA hard disk drive with Built-in Fan
    Supports an incredible transfer rate of 3.0Gbps (SATA) and 480Mbps (USB2.0)
    Benefit from the unsurpassed speed and easier configuration
    Hard drive activity luminous panel
    Interface : eSATA / USB 2.0
    Dimension: 198 x 125 x 33 mm


    List Price: $169.95
    Our Price: $139.95
    Price After Rebate(s): $109.95
    Shipping: FREE
     
  9. sjfrellc

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  10. blackopsglock

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    Still looking.About decided I want to go with a internal 500 gig.If anyone has the hook up let me know.