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Which External Hard Drive To Get?

by firedogs / October 29, 2005 4:00 PM PDT

Good Day,

We have an Inspiron 8200 w/HomeXP. Among other programs we use Stardock software; http://www.stardock.com/.

Never had an external hard drive before. But, as we all know there are times when a clean installation of HomeXP has to be done. In order to avoid days to put everything back together my hope is just to use the USB 2.0 Kanguru 3.5" QuickSilver Hard Drive; http://www.kanguru.com/portablehd.html, or the USB 2.0 Kanguru PC Clone Kit.

But which? Is either going to be easy to use? And, what about the registry; this being a part of HomeXP, would I transfer the whole registry if going with the USB 2.0 Kanguru 3.5" QuickSilver Hard Drive?

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Three brands you can trust..
by jackintucson / October 30, 2005 1:41 AM PDT

Western Digital - 120GB
Seagate - 120GB
Hitachi - >80GB

You can find these on almost any online computer retail outlet and probably cheaper than the Kangaroo. Unless maybe you're in Australia?

and life goes on...

Jack

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Thanks Jack,but...?
by firedogs / October 30, 2005 4:36 AM PST

We reside in the Virgin Islanda where there is no Kangurus! Good recommendation, but can you answer this too:

And, what about the registry; this being a part of HomeXP, would I transfer the whole registry? Note: I've never used an external hard drive before.

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Registry...
by jackintucson / October 30, 2005 11:18 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks Jack,but...?

When you do your initial 'backup' of the system drive (usually the C: drive) the registry will be backed up along with everything else on the drive.

Using an USB drive is no more difficult to use then the hard drive in your system. The advantages of using an external drive would be its portability. Once the drive is properly initialized and formatted it looks and acts like an internal drive. Just follow the instructions that came with the drive and use the CD that came with it. You can either purchase an external drive that all you have to do with it is to plug in the power supply and the USB cable. Or you can purchase the drive of your choice and put it in an external case yourself. Sometimes it's cheaper and sometimes not. You'll have to shop around. There are numerous sites that sell both options. Hope this helps. Let us know.

and life goes on...

Jack

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Thanks Jack!
by firedogs / October 31, 2005 12:13 AM PST
In reply to: Registry...

Thank you for teaching this class...a class of one.

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(NT) (NT) At least you didn't cut class....
by jackintucson / October 31, 2005 2:47 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks Jack!
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Another Option ?
by VAPCMD / November 11, 2005 1:02 PM PST

Do you really need transportability or would adding a second internal HDD for back up do the job? I've used 2nd internal HDDs for years along with Ghost and it has served me remarkably well. System is protected by a good UPS so the liklihood of losing both HDDs at the same time is slim or none. And for grins ...I bought an external HDD for offsite storage but the two internal HDDs remain the quick fix restore capability if the you know what hits the you know where.

Regards,
VAPCMD

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