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Old 06-01-2007, 02:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just need to rant and rave about this, I am so glad I did this. I bought an external enclosure and 3.5" drive. It was uber cheap, looks awesome, and is suprisingly fast for USB 2.0. I used to back up all my files and folders with DVD+R discs before a format/OS re-install, that took so much time everytime, because my files kept changing, I'd have to re-backup every time I needed to format the drive (it's 250Gb). I got a cheapie enclosure, not even 16 bucks, it keeps the drive cool without fans, looks neat, has a nice blue LED. And I got a Hitachi Deskstar 80Gb drive to go along with it, just big enough for my important files for now, I'll upgrade the drive later, maybe a 160Gb Western Digital.

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I'm not advertising, not spamming, I'm just amazed at how zippy a 2.0 external can be, my Sony PSP and my Samsung Digimax digital camera are insanely slow at 2.0 speeds, but I transferred over 40 Gb in one motion in less than 15 minutes with the drive. I can access files and watch movies from the external drive with no hiccups what so ever. This is the main reason I never gotten an external drive until now, is because I thought it would be a waste of money and would be a slow performer. Also a plus is I have tons of friends with whom I share files and data with, this thing is plug and play, no need to burn a DVD or CD, my friend can bring his laptop over, plug it in and bam, or I can just take the drive wherever I need to go and plug er in.

Anywho, this for me, is the best bang for the buck device I have bought for my computer, asides from the Athlon 64 3400+ I got from eBay for next to nothing, but that's another story...

Now I guess this is just a random post, let's make some chatter with it. What are your suggestions for a more reliable drive, or was the Hitachi a good choice? Does anyone else have an external drive? What are your thoughts on it, how well does it work for you, has it ever pooped out on you?
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I just have multiple internal hard drives. You can still take out an internal hard drive.

I'll be getting a 750GB drive next week, probably. That's on top of my 200GB and 320GB drive I have now.
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Yeah, but I like the portability factor of the external case. I might even swap my 80 and my 250gig and use the 80 gig for windows and the 250 for storage, I only had enough money for an 80 gig at the time, lol, but it holds all my movies and music, but it's already almost full.
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Powmax sux they have been known for using cheap parts in all of their stuff, i have purchased some things from them cases,psu's they didn't work and seemed like they were made from ali=minum cans.
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I have a Maxtor 160GB USB 2.0 drive.. and I can watch movies from it no problem. ****, I've even uploaded data to somebody over IM, and it goes at decent speed. I love it. I didn't think I'd be using it this much, otherwise I woulda got a larger drive. The 160GB cost me like...$80 at where I got it (RadioShack employee discount FTW =P). I make HDD image back-ups from my main drive, to my external drive (using it as a back up for now, till I format my old 80GB purely for backups.
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Yhea a external case for a internal drive, I love them Great when you have to swap HUGE files around when my network is acting up
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Man....makes me want to get one. I have two 40gb internals and a 60gb, that serves as my backup drives. And those are backed on DVDs, just in case. But I would like the convenience, of taking my stuff wherever I go.
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I think it's worth it, b1apl. Used to be my flash drive....now its mostly my HDD that I take xD. Still use my flash drive for small stuff tho, of course =P.
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I now have a 750GB drive. All I do is take out my drive, and transport it in an antistatic bag along with a SATA cable and power converter.

Or I can take my whole PC to a friends house, and use LAN (I have dual gigabit LAN ports on my motherboard, plus a PCI 108MB/s wireless card)
Having an LCD screen helps. Even though it's 22", it's pretty light.
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