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#1 BigApe

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 09:26 PM

I'm about to invest in an external USB2 hard drive. Does anyone have any views or recommendations on which are the best/ones to avoid?

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 09:52 PM

my son has been using a western digital my book external hard drive (320 gb for 83 from amazon) . he reckons its a very good piece of equipment.
play .com has a 300gb for 75 which looks good value has no fan so should run very quiet.
hope this helps.

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 09:30 AM

Many thanks commando750. I've been looking at SVP, hadn't thought of Play - think I'll nip over there now thumbup1.gif
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Posted 06 January 2007 - 10:41 AM

I'm after an external hard drive as well.
I have been considering this one

http://www.dabs.com/...e94cec6be54bb61

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 03:19 PM

ive found sumvision hardrives pretty good and extremely quiet. its a usb 2.0 from envizage.com . pretty cheap for the hardrives

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 06:03 AM

I just used my old Maxtor and bought an external case for it and fitted it myself. Very easy to do and great if your pulling apart an old PC. Much cheaper too.

I would recommend that you connect with firewire if you're able to rather than usb2. I think I may have got better transfer rates with firewire than I am currently getting.

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 11:47 PM

usb2 has a transfer rate of 480mbps, while firewire has a transfer rate of 400 mbps.
you are better using usb 2

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 08:42 PM

You could also try lidl's as they are starting to do them........I think they were 360gbs but not sure.........They were about 60/70..........

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 03:47 PM

QUOTE(oldshepp @ Jan 13 2007, 06:03 AM)
I just used my old Maxtor and bought an external case for it and fitted it myself.  Very easy to do and great if your pulling apart an old PC.  Much cheaper too.

I would recommend that you connect with firewire if you're able to rather than usb2.  I think I may have got better transfer rates with firewire than I am currently getting.

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Firewire was invented/developed by Apple, so it must tell you something when they are using USB 2.0 on their Ipods.

Commando 750 is right in what he says about the transfer rates.

Better to use USB 2.0
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Posted 31 January 2007 - 04:21 PM

Hi, I have bought a Seagate 400gb 8mb cache external hard drive from Maplins thats been reduced from 219 to 89.99 for a limited time 20th Feb I think, its very fast and very quiet:

http://www.maplin.co...urce=1&doy=31m1

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 03:00 PM

Just ordered

Western Digital My Book 500GB Essential USB2.0 External Hard Drive

from amazon

to keep all my music and covers on.

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Posted 25 February 2007 - 03:47 PM

Reuben, has it arrived and if so, what's it like?
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Posted 19 March 2007 - 12:25 PM

[B][COLOR=purple]Hi i`ve just bought a freecom 160Gb external harddrive and installed it as it said in the quick set-up guide and its working fine thumbup1.gif. I have a friend who adviced me against getting an external and as tried to down it on every occasion dry.gif .
He as told me my computer will crash my computer will not run it and now he is saying i have to format my computer to accept it allthough it did`nt say anything about this in the instuctions.
As anyone else had any problems with external drives and do i have to format my comp to accept it.

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 11:54 PM

Hey BigApe, Am currently running a "Seagate 500 gig External" couldn't live without it. Comes with a "Hot Swap " program to unplug whilst computer is running.
Move it from computer to computer when ever you want.
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(Sorry, yes is usb 2)

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Posted 15 April 2007 - 09:11 PM

QUOTE(hayley @ Mar 19 2007, 02:25 PM)
[B][COLOR=purple]Hi i`ve just bought a freecom 160Gb external harddrive and installed it as it said in the quick set-up guide and its working fine thumbup1.gif.      I have a friend who adviced me against getting an external and as tried to down it on every occasion dry.gif .
He as told me my computer will crash my computer will not run it and now he is saying i have to format my computer to accept it allthough it did`nt say anything about this in the instuctions.
As anyone else had any problems with external drives and do i have to format my comp to accept it.

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i can see no reason why an external drive will crash your pc.if it is running good then i don`t see why you should format the pc.but if you are in doubt hen ask a pc technician.
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Posted 16 April 2007 - 07:45 AM

Almost impossible to crash, just don't disconnect it whilst computer is turn on unless you have a hot swap program. Otherwise the external is almost bullet proof.
Wnidows xp doesn't need formatting to accept new external, just plug into usb port before turning on.
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Posted 16 April 2007 - 08:24 AM

no need to crash computer. never had to install anything for any of my external hardrives. as long as its xp you shouldnt need to install any software for it.



any know anything about E-sata hardrives which is the new data port which will transfer files 6 times faster than USB2 boasting a super fast 3Gb/s transfer rate opposed to the current 0.5Gb/s with USB2.


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Posted 16 April 2007 - 04:09 PM

I have a Seagate for my Macintosh. We travel between Washington state and Arizona, and I load the files I want to use between by three computers on it. My husband also uses it on his pc, so it is very versatile. It is also eay to setup, quiet and fast. Hope this helps smile.gif

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Posted 20 April 2007 - 02:59 AM

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 03:34 PM

i dont recommend buying the 2.5 small hardrives. got of 2 them i having problems on both.
best off sticking to the ones that are 3.5 hardrives & that require the power lead. ive got 3 of them no probs yet.

Ands another thing to remember when unpluging the cable from the hardrive/computer is to remove it safely from the safety remove hardware otherwise it wrecks the hardware in the hardrive