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choosing an external hard drive

by barhow / March 27, 2008 2:01 AM PDT

I have two computers - a laptop running windows xp with a 60G hard drive and a desktop running vista home premium with a 500G hard drive. I would like to get an external hard drive to back up the entire desktop inluding the operating system but only the music files on the laptop. Is there a hard drive which can hold both or will I have to buy two drives?
Also which drives are the least troublesome?


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One will do, but were is the backup?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2008 2:05 AM PDT

I see 2 machines, an external drive but where is the backup?

Let's say a pest gets on a machine and when we connect that USB drive it deletes or corrupts files. Since today's USB drives have no write protection you can't recover your files.

Is that ok?


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Create two partitions. . .
by Coryphaeus / March 27, 2008 9:40 AM PDT

on the new drive. One for each PC.

But backing up the OS will be a complete PITA. Just drag and drop (copy, not move) what you want to save or can't afford to loose to the new drive.

I have an external 450 Gig Seagate PMR in a USB-2 case. I have one folder for each of my 5 machines. I just save what I don't want to loose. Installing an OS is child's play compared to trying to restore a backed up OS.


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