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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by git_r_dun0405, Mar 19, 2005.
If you don't have room in your current machine for a more inexpensive drive then it would be the only way to expand your storage capacity. Get either a Firewire or USB 2.0 drive.
If you have a laptop, its one of ways to add another drive.
If you need to move files from one computer to another.
Use it for backup of 1 or more PC's or laptops.
There are lots of uses.
I will segment an external 200GB drive up into several smaller partitions.
First, I can install XP with all updates and Service Packs as well as AV and spy/adware apps, also fully updated, onto my primary machine's C: drive--then Ghost a perfect copy of that onto a 10GB part on the external drive so I can reset that OS in minutes.
I also use it for tech work; I can store Win9x crap from a client machine onto a FAT32 partition and move it back onto their reformatted machine when it is ready to go.
I have about 16GB of music CD's backed up to another partition, which also has about 3GB of family snapshots archived.
Best of all, since the external drive only gets used rarely, it should last for decades, barring accidents and disasters.
That is a far better archival lifespan than most brands of CD-R or recordable DVD media can hope to provide.
And for $200 or less, depending on the capacity, you owe it to yourself to have one around.
My IT tech support got me Symantec Ghost and she wants me to buy an external HD to back up my home system.
So if it gets correupted, I can wipe and mirror back.
Any good deals on HDs for backup purposes?
Think I saw a Seagate 200gb hard drive on sale at Compusa for $89.00.
Buy that and an external HD shell for USB2.0 for about $50, and you have a pretty good unit. You also won't be tied to one hard drive. You can swap it out and put in another if you want.
I got a Western Digital 250Gb HD for $70 and a USB 2.0 enclosure for $30 from Comp USA. I have two external drives now. I use them mainly for storing important files and sharing music & movies with the other guys at work. I have around 50Gb of mp3s.
I have an 80gb hd. Shouldn't I get another 80gb hd or could I go larger?
Get the biggest HD you can afford. You won't regret it in the long run.