HD... their all good, untill they die and you have no "backup"
This is a small issue...
COMPUTER: I have a Dell Dimension 8400 (P4 3.0GHz, 2.5GB RAM, 80GB SATA drive). Original power supply is 350 watts.
* Added a Linksys Ethernet NIC, on-board connection died
* PCI card with 4 USB 2.0 ports
* Combo Firewire (2 ports)/USB 2.0 (4 ports) PCI expansion card (bought but haven't installed, so count it)
* 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM, 533 MHz, on top of my original 512MB
Other than that I am running everything on external power, e.g. external HDD, flash drives which are bus-powered.
Between MS Office documents, music collection, and pictures, I have finally gotten to 2/3 full on my original HDD and want to add on another SATA drive in the 160-250GB range.
MY QUESTION... Do I need a new power supply? If so, what do you recommend? Is there some formula I could use to calculate my needs? It is a Dell so I also have concerns about proprietary equipment dimensions, cabling, etc.
Also, does anyone have any successes with any hard drive makers?