Recommend a good user friendly external hard drive

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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.

Many thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author dorothydot
    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.

    Hope this helps,
    Dot
  • Profile picture of the author TaiZ
    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
  • Profile picture of the author vagabondette
    I have a 500G passport and I love it but you may not need something so mobile.
  • Profile picture of the author mmurtha
    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.

    Hope this helps ...


    Mary
    • Profile picture of the author jan roos
      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?

      Cheers
  • Profile picture of the author mmurtha
    Jan,

    Yes they should. It's like any other piece of hardware you would add.
  • Profile picture of the author mannex
    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.
    • Profile picture of the author thmgoodw
      I have both a 1TB and a 500GB Maxtor USB external drive and they both have worked great for me.
  • Profile picture of the author Goatboy
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    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.

    • Profile picture of the author zombofi
      Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

      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.
  • Profile picture of the author GeorgeWhitaker
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author mayapearl
    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.

    Thanks,
    Maya
    • Profile picture of the author xiaophil
      Originally Posted by mmurtha View Post

      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.


      Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

      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.

      Originally Posted by mayapearl View Post

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


      Cheers,
  • Profile picture of the author l23bc
    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,

    andy
  • Profile picture of the author susanm
    I also love my WD Passport. In fact, I have more than one.
    • Profile picture of the author ktmurf
      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!
  • Profile picture of the author Kevin J Foy
    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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