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    Thinking about getting one for backup. I don't know anything about them, so any advice, discussion is welcome. Do and Don't. My spec below.

    Motherboard: EVGA 780i
    Graphic Card: EVGA NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512
    Monitor: Dell 2407WFP-HC
    DVD: Philips SPD6104P SCSI DVD
    Sound: Creative X-FI Audio
    Power Supply: Corsair TX750W
    CPU: E8400
    Memory: Patriot 4G 2Gx2
    Hard Drive: 500G
    Case: Antec P182
    OS: Windows Vista Home Preium 64
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  • #2
    Re: External Hard Drives

    get one with both eSATA and USB2.0

    at least 500gig

    OTB is a good feature.

    WD IMO makes the best ones.
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    • #3
      Re: External Hard Drives

      I recently got a WD Mybook for like $79 on sale. It only has like 300 something gigs, but I really don't have that much stuff I need to back up. I got this one just like Ddog said, because it has both USB and eSATA, since I bought a motherboard that has eSATA.
      Only downside right now is it didn't come with an eSATA cable, and I haven't gotten around to getting one yet. I only add stuff 2 it once a month or so, so USB is working fine for now.
      Look at the reviews on newegg, and the WD are pretty tops.

      Of course you could also just buy a HD and a cheap enclosure and make your own.

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      • #4
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        It only has like 300 something gigs
        I was so excited when my first PC had a huge 1 GB drive. Cost me $1000 for just the drive. And that was cheap.

        It will only be a matter of time before we can back up our brain to a USB stick. And lose it under the couch cushions.
        Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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        • #5
          Re: External Hard Drives

          How does this look?

          http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...L2A-_-22101104
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          • #6
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            http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822216040

            uses a WD7500AAKS drive

            http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822216041

            same company... known to use WD drives

            yours looks to be pretty good too. I don't think any of them would be a bad choice.
            Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -Albert Einstein
            The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity. -Harlan Ellison

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            • #7
              Re: External Hard Drives

              Thanks guys that helps a lot.
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              • #8
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                Kin,

                You can easily put together your own external drive. Just buy the enclosure and a drive. I did that myself and used:

                http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817173040
                http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148151

                If you go this route (or even if you buy) make sure you get an enclosure with a good fan.

                I agree with the other comments, if your board has an ESATA get a drive that supports it (works faster than USB).









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                • #9
                  Re: External Hard Drives

                  Originally posted by beaker424 View Post
                  Kin,

                  You can easily put together your own external drive. Just buy the enclosure and a drive. I did that myself and used:

                  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817173040
                  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148151

                  If you go this route (or even if you buy) make sure you get an enclosure with a good fan.

                  I agree with the other comments, if your board has an ESATA get a drive that supports it (works faster than USB).
                  Thanks beaker424 I hadn't thought of that either.
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                  • #10
                    Re: External Hard Drives

                    Originally posted by Bamboo View Post

                    Of course you could also just buy a HD and a cheap enclosure and make your own.
                    Cough cough ..............:D

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                    • #11
                      Re: External Hard Drives

                      some of the prebuilt ones are cheaper than buying separately.

                      I put together my own, but it would have been just as cheap to buy them together.... the difference is I know exactly the drive I have before I buy.
                      Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -Albert Einstein
                      The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity. -Harlan Ellison

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