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Old 05-26-2013, 07:07 PM
 
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My son-in-law is going on deployment (Navy) and requires an external disk that's USB powered.

Suggestions? Thanx

~peter
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:22 PM
 
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I ordered one of these for backing up our server when the old external started getting flaky.

It's small enough to fit in a shirt pocket and has non-slip feet so it stays put on top of the computer case, and it's usb powered. Sizes from 500GB to 1.5TG.

Check Newegg as well. They had it cheaper for a while.

Amazon.com: Toshiba Canvio 1.0 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - HDTC610XK3B1 (Black): Electronics
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:28 PM
 
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Everyone makes a line of 2.5" USB 3.0 drives like the one Tek linked to. They'll all operate exactly the same and do the job. Get what ever's on sale.

Just make sure your son in law understands that no single hard drive, regardless of brand or interface, is a good place to keep important data. If he must keep his data on that drive, instead of on a PC's internal drive, have him buy two and regularly duplicate his files.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:37 PM
 
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Are you sure he said disk? Did they tell him it needs to an external hard drive or a thumb drive? In the Marines & Army ( according to family members and the kids of friends) they've been told if they want to use the issued computers for personal use that they need to have thumb drives to hold their personal data.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:50 PM
 
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I ordered one of these for backing up our server when the old external started getting flaky.

It's small enough to fit in a shirt pocket and has non-slip feet so it stays put on top of the computer case, and it's usb powered. Sizes from 500GB to 1.5TG.

Check Newegg as well. They had it cheaper for a while.

Amazon.com: Toshiba Canvio 1.0 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - HDTC610XK3B1 (Black): Electronics
Thanks Tek, I got the 1.5TB disk for him......
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:24 AM
 
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You're welcome. I hope he doesn't run into the restriction Pruzhany mentioned.
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:23 AM
 
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You're welcome. I hope he doesn't run into the restriction Pruzhany mentioned.
Already talked it over with him, thats a non-issue.
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Old 06-28-2019, 09:07 PM
 
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I am a little late to reply...
but if you are reading this,
you probably will want to investigate a SSD (Solid State Drive).
It will be much faster and available in many sizes....I have a 500 GB.


Much Faster!!!
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:18 AM
 
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I am a little late to reply...
Yea, like 6 years too late. Dude's probably home now.
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Old 07-02-2019, 02:05 PM
 
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I am a little late to reply...
but if you are reading this,
you probably will want to investigate a SSD (Solid State Drive).
It will be much faster and available in many sizes....I have a 500 GB.

Much Faster!!!
Yeah, as Peregrine said, he is probably out or re-upped by now.
But there are others who need this question answered,
so thanks for resurrecting it.

I got caught with outdated backup media a couple times in the past
(not counting all that paper punch tape ...
but I'm feeling much better now!)

So, my question is:
I am currently using 16GB Flash Drives (thumb drives and microSD)
and 3.5 inch hard disc drives. How many years do you guys think
it will be until I run into problems getting compatible hardware?
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