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Old 05-23-2013, 08:50 AM
 
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Someone told me that they have a "shelf life" so to speak. I have a couple that I store pix etc on. Will I have to replace them even if I don't use them all the time?
If you didn't use anything with a shelf life you'd not use a hard drive in your computer, which has already been mentioned. On the other hand...

I have three thumb drives I carry in my pockets. Two are 128GB; one has our pictures, the other has our important documents. Both are encrypted. The third is only 8GB and holds temporary stuff. It's a holdover from when I was working and carried data to/from clients.

Keep in mind that the data on them is backed in multiple places at our house and on the internet so if one of the thumb drives fails or I lose it I still have everything. So, yes they have a shelf life, but they can be very useful for storing important data. By carrying them with me I always have the information at hand and if the house does burn down I still have the important stuff.

To alleviate your concerns you can buy a second drive and copy all the pictures to it. If one fails you still have the other.
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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I was just in town and looking at some external hard drives. I saw a Seagate Backup Plus. 500GB for $69. Similar Toshiba 1TB for $69. Are these regular external hard drives?
Sorry OP, this is off your topic a little.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:33 PM
 
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Right now the best price per gig is this. Same drive different place to buy. This is an external Seagate drive. $150 for a 4 terabyte drive. That assumes you're looking for a large amount of data to be backed up.

Newegg.com - Seagate 4TB Black External Hard Drive STBV4000100

Amazon.com: Seagate Expansion 4 TB 3.0 USB Desktop External Hard Drive (STBV4000100): Computers & Accessories
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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Don't really need that much. 500 GB will probably do me just fine. Maybe 1 TB.
I don't understand what USB 2.0, USB 3.0 mean.

QUOTE FROM CNET: "In my testing, the Backup Plus offered very fast performance, both with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. The drive is bus-powered and comes in many different colors. It's also slightly more compact than the GoFlex drives."
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:30 PM
 
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2.0 and 3.0 are versions of the USB standard, USB 3 being the current and fastest as far as transfer rates, but to get the benefits of a USB 3 drive your computer must also support USB 3, otherwise the drive will perform at the slower USB 2 or 1.1 speeds.

Universal Serial Bus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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My computer is a couple years old. So, I probably have USB 2 ?? How can I find out?
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:37 PM
 
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My computer is a couple years old. So, I probably have USB 2 ?? How can I find out?
Look at the actual ports on the computer. All of the USB 3.0 ports I've seen have been blue.
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:39 PM
 
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Just black. So, not something I need to worry about?
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:41 PM
 
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My computer is a couple years old. So, I probably have USB 2 ?? How can I find out?
You very likely have USB 2.0, look in device manager, scroll down to Universal Serial Bus Controllers and click on the + to expand, you should see a couple devices in there stating they are rev. 2.0
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:43 PM
 
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Look at the actual ports on the computer. All of the USB 3.0 ports I've seen have been blue.
I thought the same thing till recently. my new Probook 6470b is USB 3.0, but all ports are black.
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