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Unread 4th October 2009, 02:41 PM   #1
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Can anyone please recommend a good external hard drive that is easy to use for backing up my laptop?

I have one from iomega but I cannot figure out how to use the thing.

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I use a 500-gig external from SeaGate and love it. I also bought a program [nominal one-time fee] that lets me save everything on my Apple laptop as a bootable back-up.

I totally love it.

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There are 2 options I would like to mention. If your really looking for a good backup HD, the "ABSmini" 40gb HD is pretty good, prolly the best option, although you can't boot from it incase your HD fails.

I currently use the Hitachi SimpleTouch.. great unit. I have not had a problem with it.

I have used Maxtor externals, and I've had several problems with them corrupting data
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I have a 500G passport and I love it but you may not need something so mobile.
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Hey jan,

LACIE makes good d2 quadra peofessional HDs. I have a 320 GB eSATA, and has both firewire 400 and 800, with the USB 2.0.

I like mine real well, and it's fairly easy to work with.

If you need something on the extreemly simple level though, Western Digital's are good, or they used to be. There's hardly no setting up to these - just plug them in and go to towm. They last for a very long time, and can take a beating too.

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Default Re: Recommend a good user friendly external hard drive

Thanks for all the replies guys. I will take a look at them all. I noticed some hd's says desktop hard drives but they operate with USB. I assume they work the same on a laptop as a desktop?

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Yes they should. It's like any other piece of hardware you would add.
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I use a Maxtor USB external drive, and it has worked fine. Looks just like another disk drive.

I also use Mozy.com as a second, off-site backup.

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I have an external usb hd that I built, but depending on the amount of storage you need, why not just look at usb thumb drives? Some of them are coming in the 10's of gigabyte range now. They are easy to use and small enough to carry anywhere.

If you do go for a usb hd, my personal suggestion would be to find one with its own power cord so you don't have to draw power through the usb port. I've blown several ports by trying to draw too much power through them.
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What we do these days is simply have a cady (USB External Hard Drive case) which we can add any laptop hard drive to and then use them for backups.


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I have both a 1TB and a 500GB Maxtor USB external drive and they both have worked great for me.
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Thanks for all the replies guys. I will take a look at them all. I noticed some hd's says desktop hard drives but they operate with USB. I assume they work the same on a laptop as a desktop?

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Any of the USB ones will work with both. I generally have my external HDs hooked up to my desktop, but maybe once a month i need to move something large between my desktop and my laptop so I just plug the HD into my laptop and drag and drop. Works great.
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The best USB hard drives in my experience are Western Digital and Seagate. I have a 500 GB Western Digital myself. It really works like a charm and helps me store my huge library of files. Just be sure to get one that is USB 2.0, so that data is loaded at its fastest rate.
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HI,
I am about to travel OS for a few month and I want to make sure that my important stuff is backed up. How much could i put on a 10 G thumb key?

I just need it to be very portable as I want to travel light.

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LACIE makes good d2 quadra peofessional HDs. I have a 320 GB eSATA, and has both firewire 400 and 800, with the USB 2.0.
IMO this is the best recommendation of the lot.

If you have tried to move a large amount of data over USB you will know what I mean.

Even if USB manages to complete without errors, it is not really a suitable interface for mass data transfer, as you may soon discover.

Once you have lost some hair with USB backups, those Firewire and eSATA interfaces will be your salvation - very, very high speed and specifically designed for this purpose, especially eSATA.


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What we do these days is simply have a cady (USB External Hard Drive case) which we can add any laptop hard drive to and then use them for backups.
That's a desktop hard drive.

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How much could i put on a 10 G thumb key?
You could put about 10GB on that.


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I'm going with Clickfree... nothing to install and it sorts all your files automatically for you.

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intresting i just seen a good advert about external hard drives from a company called p.c world on the television its a 350 gig hard drive about 35.99 just google the name pc world you may find it there,

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intresting i just seen a good advert about external hard drives from a company called p.c world on the television its a 350 gig hard drive about 35.99 just google the name pc world you may find it there,

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What we do these days is simply have a cady (USB External Hard Drive case) which we can add any laptop hard drive to and then use them for backups.

This is exactly what I did as well and it's much better than getting an all new hdd.

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I also love my WD Passport. In fact, I have more than one.

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I've got a Western Digital Harddrive in a Rosewill External Enclosure, both 3.5". Bought seperately and put together once arrived. Zero problems and I've got it setup through the PC it's hosted on for network access so my other PCs and what not can access it too. Very convenient.

Western Digital will probably get all of my harddrive business until the end of time. I've had dozens of them and the bang per buck ratio is amazing plus they're warranty and return policy/procedure can't be beat!

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Hi Jan

depends on how old your laptop is and what kind. I use a network drive on our wireless network. Which is a Buffalo. or just a buffalo drive which you can plug straight in. Drivers are already loaded on the drive. If it's not a network drive it will be USB.
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