Simple things. Cases from Newegg, geeks.com and drives from same. A small philips screwdriver is helpful to own.
No one seems to analyze what they buy. We just get 2 and use software like SYNCBACK to keep things safe with those and the big server.
2 80 gig internal hard drives (each partitioned with a recovery drive), not RAID
USB 2.0 and firewire
Have a mini-DV recorder, and would like to have the video files more readily available than just on tape (plus ... I'd like to take the tape elsewhere as a bette rback-up system). I don't do a ton of editing, and I won't mind transferring files I am actively using to my internal drives.
Also plan to use this to store other documents and lots of photos.
Back-up of videos will be the original tapes (and, after editing, DVDs), of everything else will be DVDs, all stored elsewhere.
Within the next year I will likely be purchasing a fairly low-end laptop for use as I get my PhD. Unlikley to be doing video editing on this, but would be nice to be able to access/use with this as well, but still at home, so portability not an issue.
Other uses of the computer are pretty much standard home usage (photo editing, light low-end gaming, reading Cnet
My plan: to get a 250 - 500 gig external drive, with USB 2.0 connection. Use one internal drive for most applications, one primarily for video editing, and the external as storage.
Is this a reasonable plan?
Also ... from what I've read, for the most part, brand is not a huge issue with external HDs. They all have problems and should not be considered as back-up.
But what would you encourage me to consider as the most important feature(s) for how I plan to use it? RPM? Data cache? Something else?
I need to be frugal, but can be patient to find the right deal, if I know what to look for (and what to avoid). I'm willing to put together my own enclosure, if that is relatively simple (if that's your suggestion, if you have a particular site which explains the process, I'd appreciate the lead ... and, yes, I can google to find sites myself, but am asking if people know of one they would recommend).
Thoughts, suggestions, comments appreciated.