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Old 12-27-2007, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Just go to Sam's Club or a similar store and buy a Western Digital, Seagate, or any other there. Compact drives cost more, but all are pretty similar quality wise. You may want to look at the warranty, and whichever one is better, buy that drive. A 500GB external hard drive should cost around $120.00, or a little more it it has more built-in features.

Also, hard drive last longer is you keep them de-energized (OFF) when not using it. It's a great idea to always "eject" the external hard drive from the computer before disconnecting it, much like when one is downloading pictures from a card in a card reader. Cameras, hard drives, card readers, etc., are best ejected before disconnecting them from the computer. I only turn the hard drives ON and then connect them to the computer, only when I need to use them, and have never had a hard drive failure.
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Just go to Sam's Club or a similar store and buy a Western Digital, Seagate, or any other there. Compact drives cost more, but all are pretty similar quality wise. You may want to look at the warranty, and whichever one is better, buy that drive. A 500GB external hard drive should cost around $120.00, or a little more it it has more built-in features.

Also, hard drive last longer is you keep them de-energized (OFF) when not using it. It's a great idea to always "eject" the external hard drive from the computer before disconnecting it, much like when one is downloading pictures from a card in a card reader. Cameras, hard drives, card readers, etc., are best ejected before disconnecting them from the computer. I only turn the hard drives ON and then connect them to the computer, only when I need to use them, and have never had a hard drive failure.
Thanks for that advice. I will remember that.

I am thinking of looking into Circuit city because you can purchase an extension on your warranty through them. I did this with Sears on my microwave and they have come out and fixed it twice at no charge. I live in an area that has alot of lightening strikes and it has been effected twice.
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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see, my Seagate one has failed on me twice? I think. now it seems like if i caress it just the right way and not leave it on for too long, it is limping along ok.
I'm just curious, what do you mean failed on you twice. Were you able to resurrect the files or did you get the drive replaced via the warranty? It sounds like you really still have to back everything up to CD, which I do anyway.
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Old 12-28-2007, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Quick recommendation - since CompUSA is closing, go to your nearest store and get an external HD. They have some really great sales going on and we got an external yesterday with 1 TB for under $300!!!
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Old 12-28-2007, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Quick recommendation - since CompUSA is closing, go to your nearest store and get an external HD. They have some really great sales going on and we got an external yesterday with 1 TB for under $300!!!
WOW, thats a great price, I have been researching the prices.

I will check and see if there is one near me.
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Old 12-28-2007, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Meeami
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Your best bet is to have 2 copies of whatever youd like to keep. If you have a laptop with a 100 gig drive, get a 100 gig usb external drive, and backup the data to that. Then put that drive away. And update the laptop data, and come up with a regular schedule to copy the changes to the backup drive. If you put all your 'important' stuff on a external drive you are unfourtunately upping the odds of that single drive failing. 2 copies, 1 fails, you are still good. At work we just bought all our employees 120 gig external usb's for $89. More than enough space for most common stuff. When the drive fails, the warantee isnt your concern, although it helps, the importance of the stuff you had archived on it, will be the pisser.
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Old 12-28-2007, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Your best bet is to have 2 copies of whatever youd like to keep. If you have a laptop with a 100 gig drive, get a 100 gig usb external drive, and backup the data to that. Then put that drive away. And update the laptop data, and come up with a regular schedule to copy the changes to the backup drive. If you put all your 'important' stuff on a external drive you are unfourtunately upping the odds of that single drive failing. 2 copies, 1 fails, you are still good. At work we just bought all our employees 120 gig external usb's for $89. More than enough space for most common stuff. When the drive fails, the warantee isnt your concern, although it helps, the importance of the stuff you had archived on it, will be the pisser.
Yea, thats what I was thinking. I download alot of music and so forth I am also uploading pictures to photobucket and facebook. So it sounds like I am going to have to still back things up to CD. Which is fine but I am pretty limited with my laptop, it slows down pretty quickly and I HAVE to sit down and burn CDs to get it to speed up.
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Old 12-29-2007, 08:29 AM
 
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Thanks for that advice. I will remember that.

I am thinking of looking into Circuit city because you can purchase an extension on your warranty through them. I did this with Sears on my microwave and they have come out and fixed it twice at no charge. I live in an area that has alot of lightening strikes and it has been effected twice.
Don't bother with an extended warranty on such a small item, not worth the money. You should get a standard 3 to 5 year warranty from the mfg anyway.
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Old 01-01-2008, 02:19 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I'm just curious, what do you mean failed on you twice. Were you able to resurrect the files or did you get the drive replaced via the warranty? It sounds like you really still have to back everything up to CD, which I do anyway.

Lindsey, If it was me, I would not buy an external hard drive as I've had two fail on me.. one an Iomega, the other a Western Digital.

What I would do is buy an external enclosure, then buy a regular hard drive, the biggest you can afford.

Pay attention to what type of drive you will need, either a sata or IDE - look where the description says:
Internal Interface: IDE

Why would I do it this way? For one, if you ever buy a desktop, you can hook the drive up internally. If it fails, you might be able to get your data off easier. I've never taken apart an external drive so I'm not sure if they actually put a regular drive in it. When ours failed there wasn't anything on it that wasn't backed up, so it wasn't a concern. Both companies were great with replacing the drives, but not getting data off of them

If you let us know what you want to spend, we can find something for you.

I have to say that my favorite form of storage is a 750 zip drive. So far (knock wood) I haven't had one fail on me yet and it reads all of the 100 disks I have.
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Old 01-01-2008, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Meeami
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An enclosure is the same as 'buying an external hard drive'. The only difference is something I read about that I hated to hear not to long ago, which was the high number of refurb drives that end up in those 'new' external hard drivs. I did exactly as you say so I could choose the drive and make sure to get a new one, when I setting up mine. The little ones you see are usually laptop drives. The bigger enclosures are regular drives. Key words, back up yo stuff!
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