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Post Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:30 pm

External hard drive - options?

Looking a external hard drive, 500gb or 1TBish. Mainly for storing photographs and music. Photos with be stored there and edited via lightroom mainly

Been advised to get one with a firewire connection, I'm not exactly techy but found this one http://www.ebuyer.com/product/136056

This was a bit more than I was hoping to spend but getting the right thing is more important than the price really

Opinions or better alternatives appreciated.

Thanks, G
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Post Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:59 pm

buffalo are a good make
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Post Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:01 pm

I've got a few USB external drives. You can get 1TB drives for cheap prices nowadays and they are all perfectly good. Firewire is a help if you want faster transfer speeds.
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Post Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:01 pm

Thanks for the replies.

I was thinking of getting another cheap usb one to backup to but was keen to go for the firewire for the main drive
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Post Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:10 pm

Believe it or not tesco's were doing some great deals on external HDD a TB for under £60 and I think the 500GB were going at under £45. May be worth taking a look and see if Tesco/Sainsbury still have any good deals on.
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Post Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:15 pm

I would say...if you are backing up...it is worth going for a better make. A right awful thing to happen if you lose everything on it cos it goes caput.
I have 2 external and another additional internal hard drive, a freecom and a buffalo and each one backs up everything I do every day.
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Post Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:50 pm

Mine says WD on it and it works fine so far, touch wood!

That reminds me to do a back up now, cheers.
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Post Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:55 pm

Yeah but have you thought about what you're gonna do if the world gets hit by a gigantic meteorite...

...all your hard drive backups aren't gonna help you much then are they :-?
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Post Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:41 am

Phill wrote:Yeah but have you thought about what you're gonna do if the world gets hit by a gigantic meteorite...

...all your hard drive backups aren't gonna help you much then are they :-?

Yes. But until then.........
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Post Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:13 am

a few years ago i bought a maxtor drive, it was a super drive untill it stopped working for some reason, something to do with a small cable, the IT guy told me to take it out of its housing and install it in the office computer and its now a super drive again, I also installed a 3rd drive in the computer as the original maxtor is now full and have a replacement external to back up also.
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Post Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:56 am

Phill wrote:Yeah but have you thought about what you're gonna do if the world gets hit by a gigantic meteorite...

...all your hard drive backups aren't gonna help you much then are they :-?


Are you really going to need your backups if that happens?? LOL
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Post Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:00 am

if a gigantic meteorite hits, back up will be the last think on our minds, we will all be toast....along with our backups...lol
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Post Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:12 am

If you are really worried you could try this
http://fwd.five.tv/gadgets/computing/ac ... hard-drive
not been tested for meteorites though lol but can sustain a fire.

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