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external harddrive..........

I want to buy an external harddrive. I have found the following deals at and would like to have your opinion on which is best for the price or if you have any other suggestions, please let me know:

1) Seagate 120GB USB 2.0 Portable 2.5'' External Hard Drive - ST9120801U2-RK

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In reply to: external harddrive..........

Instead of buying an already packaged solution, you could buy a much cheaper internal drive, and then find a cheap external enclosure to put it in, creating exactly the same thing, often for considerably less. Not to mention you have the flexibility to, one day down the road, replace the drive with one of higher capacity. About the only drawback, is the lone external enclosure might not look as nice, but I usually stick them somewhere out of sight anyway.

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DIY Redux

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Not only that but you now know all the secrets of how to make one plus could modify the case if you feel it's a tad hot. Try that with your ready to use units.


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Well I recently lost everything on my computer due to some sort malfunction which I have no idea how it happened. Anyway, I was looking for a solution to having a backup next time this happens and be able to store it on something that has a lot of space. I am not up to date on the latest gadgets and/or bells and whistles that are out there, so any suggestions would be great.

The thing is that when my computer crashed there was no way of going back to fix the damage or at least recover a few things; all was gone!

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You need more than an external hard drive

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to keep your data safe. Burn copies of what's important on DVDs or CDs.

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Not always safe

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Burnable CDs and DVDs use chemical coatings on the recordable surface in order to store data unlike commercial CDs and DVDs which are made by pressing very finely coiled strips of aluminum to the underside of the disc. The chemicals on burnable media will break down after a couple of years, unlike pressed media which, if taken good care of, should last until the bonds of the composing materials break down.

So it's important to keep multiple copies of anything important on CD or DVD, and to check the health of the discs often. It's also wise to replace the discs every couple of months so you aren't just waiting for it to fail before you make a copy. I've heard it suggested, and find it rather prudent myself, to use a tiered and rotating system of rewritable discs. You buy 10-25 rewritable discs, and use a new one each time you make a new backup. Once you run out, you erase the first disc and put the new backup on it. It's unlikely they will all fail at once, short of being stored in unsuitable conditions, so you should have multiple backup revisions. Recovering the majority of lost data is usually far preferable to not being able to recover any.

Flash memory based devices probably make for more reliable long term storage. They degrade with use like almost everything else, don't store as much, and they're more expensive than blank CDs or DVDs, but they should last considerably longer, and they're a lot easier to store.

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Archival Gold Cds

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I use an External HD and love it, but I have just discovered Archival Gold CDs , supposed to last 300 YEARS! Bought a spindle of 100 and split it with a friend. They are CD-R 74 min, 650 MB.
I imagine they also have CD-RW.

I am now going to back up my *really* important stuff from the External to the Gold Cds...

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In reply to: external harddrive..........

Hi - if you do not trust yourself to do the DIY tinkering, you would be best served to stick to the time-proven ones: Seagate, Maxtor or WD. There are minor differences between them, and if you ask IT techies you might get the Ford vs. Chevy kind of discussion. Make sure that they have more than 7000 rpm and the latest technical additions - you'll find them on their sites or in the dealers catalogue. Good luck - Amos.

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All good suggestions

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All good suggestions above. I would like to add if you DIY, make sure to get a quality USB HD enclosure. Cheap ones are apt to failure! If you go the other route, the same thing applies. Stick to a name brand!

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