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Old 02-02-2009, 08:34 PM
 
Location: NJ
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My friend gave me an external hard drive, it's hooked up and formatted. He said I should store all my data, pics, music and personal info on that, not on my PC, in case my PC should crash. He also mentioned not to push the power button off, but to right click "remove hardware" first before shutting down. This is new to me so any suggestions/ feedback would be appreciated.
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:09 AM
 
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My friend gave me an external hard drive, it's hooked up and formatted. He said I should store all my data, pics, music and personal info on that, not on my PC, in case my PC should crash. He also mentioned not to push the power button off, but to right click "remove hardware" first before shutting down. This is new to me so any suggestions/ feedback would be appreciated.
Ok, what happens if you move all your important data to the external drive and IT crashes? What you should do is use it for backup, not storage. A program like Acronis True Image can create a compressed backup of your hard drive on the external drive, so if one or he other dies, you still have your data.
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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I have two external hard drives. One holds all the data (um, all the crap) from my Win95 computer. The other is a backup of my desktop's drive. Just as NHDave said, what if the external drive croaks??? Use the external as a backup. If you prefer, rather than using a backup feature, you can simply copy photos, files, etc. from your desktop drive to the external.

As for the right click remove hardware procedure, I've never done it that way. (Should I??) But I've never had a problem with just turning it on or off. My desktop beeps at me and gives me the message that new hardware found or hardware disconnected, but it's never screamed at me with a warning of disaster or anything. Half the time my externals are turned off. If I wanted to find something on one of them right this instant, I'd just turn it on, my computer would beep to say new hardware found, and then I'd use My Computer to go to the external drive.

I'm thinking that your friend gave you the warning about the "proper" procedure because he is suggesting you use it as if it was an internal drive. But if none of your operating system is on the external, then the computer operates fine without the external drive turned on. The only 'problem' you might have is if you open your photo manager software (probably running on your internal drive) and it's expecting the pathway to your photos to be the external drive which is turned off, you'll get a message "file not found" or something like that.
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:40 AM
 
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Whoops, forgot about the eject question. It is recommended to do it, I've corrupted my thumb drive a couple times removing it without safely ejecting it first.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:46 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Whoops, forgot about the eject question. It is recommended to do it, I've corrupted my thumb drive a couple times removing it without safely ejecting it first.
I've done that too. Where I work, there are still some Windows 2000 machines, so I'm suspicious when I have to use a thumb drive on them. I try to remember to turn it off before removing it if I have written data to it or edited something, but if I just copy files from it to an internal hard disk, I just unplug it and go on.
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I've not thought about this much. I'll have an external HD, but I'm not going to be using it for backup. I'll have another OS on the external. Can I bounce back and forth from one to the other?
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:07 AM
 
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I've not thought about this much. I'll have an external HD, but I'm not going to be using it for backup. I'll have another OS on the external. Can I bounce back and forth from one to the other?
Which OS and What interface? Windows cannot be booted from a USB disk.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Texas
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External HD would have Linux and I'd maintain XP on my current internal.

The external would be an eSATA with firewire.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:31 AM
 
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External HD would have Linux and I'd maintain XP on my current internal.

The external would be an eSATA with firewire.
I'm not 100% sure on booting Windows from eSATA, firewire definetly not though.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I was just now looking around and saw the words, "sata enabled PC's" so it apparently isn't a simple plug and play setup.

BTW, I wanted to keep my XP on my laptop internal.
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