usually the storage forum is loaded with external drive problems this says something. What do you think it says rhetorical question)? With a laptop you may have no other choice, however. Have you considered a desktop?
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I am really interested in setting up a large media drive to hold all of our songs, pictures, and of course future video (I am looking to purchase the Canon HV20 camcorder). My computer at the moment is pretty "eh" (P4HT 2.4 GHz 512MB RAM 80GB SATA HDD). I am not looking to invest in a 4 year old rig...just dump and replace, but not any time soon (it still runs really well). That being said, moving all my "huge" files onto an external HDD sounds more future sense to me. I have my eye on the Seagate FreeAgent PRO 500GB with USB 2.0/eSATA/IEEE1394 connections. Obviously my camcorder will stream in using firewire, I can move my music through USB 2.0 to the HDD and later connect to a future machine using eSATA, and I can also easily transport this HDD between my two laptops. I don't really think I have the use for setting up a network (but Seagate's online option is interesting).
What, if any, are some other suggestions to doing this? I have found the one I would like to purchase on sale at newegg.com for only $175 (free shipping). Seems like a great bargain. Got great reviews from c|net. Am I missing something? Any pot holes?
Thanks, I'll hang up and listen to your response.