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question about external hard drives and etc,,

hello there im sure someone can help me out here,, i have a hp labtop 60 gig harddrive that i make music on. my question is that all my files right now just go on my c drive under a project folder. i wanted some advice to separate my files so i can keep track of them and if anything goes wrong with my computer i can have my files safe without reloading everything. i dont know exactly what partitioning is and if i should do it or if i should get an external hard drive. the problem with that is my 4 pin firewire slot is going to my music interface and i have both my usb ports on back are filled,, what should i do to help organize and backup my files,, i need something around 200 gig for storage and fast,, any ideas

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A USB hub might help

In reply to: question about external hard drives and etc,,

You can buy a device called a USB hub which will plug into one of your existing ports and allow more devices to be attached. You might also have another bay in your PC which will accommodate another internal drive.

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In reply to: question about external hard drives and etc,,

You can thoretically have over 200 devices connected to a USB port. You can get a USB hub that converts one port into two, four, or more, and you can daisy-chain them. With a four-port hub, you could have your two current devices, an external hard drive, and still have two free ports.

Whether you get a powered hub or not depends on the load of the devices connected. A USB bus can supply a maximum of 500 ma, which must be divided among all connected devices. I do not know what you already have connected via USB and what power they draw. I would get a powered hub so there is plenty of power for current devices, the external drive, and other items you may wish to add later.

Hope this helps


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about the hub and hard drive

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my comp. uses usb 1.0 so if i get a hub and an external hard drive what is usb 2.0 will it work with my computer any recommendations for hard drives,, i need a really fast one to pull media files off of.

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You can't connect

In reply to: about the hub and hard drive

a USB 2.0 hub to a USB 1.0 port and expect a fast connection. You will need to install a USB 2.0 PCI card if you want the faster type. The good news, they are cheap and easy to install.

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