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Old 04-23-2006, 04:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need a portable HD to go with laptop, I never bought or had experience buying external HD. Before buying I thought its best to ask on what to buy to meet my needs. Looking for around 80GB, can't be too big or heavy. Please, leave any suggestions.

I understand I can go online and search my self but its always better this way from experience.
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Do you have firewire on your laptop?
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If you have firewire then This one's pretty nice
IOGEAR 80GB firewire1394 /usb 2.0

Just a USB 2.0 one Western Digital Essential 80gb
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Hi there. I've always used Seagate, they have excellent performance and tech support. If that's not a big deal for you then I'd recommend Kingston and Western Digital. Here's a useful buyers guide: http://www.pickyguide.com/computers_...ves_guide.html
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seagate arent suppose to be great with external hdds only internal. wd id recomend ive got a maxtor one touch which is great but it isnt really portable lol

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im using this :
http://www.superwarehouse.com/Maxtor...1B080/p/351835

there is also a push button backup technology.
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Old 03-01-2007, 12:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I am in the UK. I want to buy a desktop computer which has front removable hard drive facility. This is because I want to use XPpro on one drive, partitoned with 32 bit and 64 bit versions. and I need to be able to take this out and replace with Vista versions

I have tried some existing suppliers but all use 3 bay cases so tried bespoke assemblers and got negative responses

I am fed up with searching the internet and hope that someone can assist - I am not competent enough to assemble a computer and the best suggestion so far, was to have two computer systems!
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I've had GREAT LUCK buying an inexpensive bare drive, like an 80GB 3.5" laptop drive, buying a separate enclosure for $20, and putting it together myself. I've built 2 for my house and one for a friend who travels a lot with her laptop.


If you can turn screws and properly plug in EIDE cables, you should look into a bare drive and enclosure.

Best of luck!
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Old 03-01-2007, 12:25 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I repeat, I am not happy to build a system with video, audio. blue ray DVD, CD and power supply. I have a system with internal dual hard drives and it is a tedious process to replace these.

So I just hope that someone can guide me to somewhere appropriate.
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Old 03-01-2007, 03:11 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've never been impressed with IOGear. I personally like either Seagate, Western Digital, or Maxtor. I've had great luck with the three of them. Maxtor's One Touch series are pretty compact and light.

If you want ultra-portable, you may want to try Sony's MicroVault. I don't remember the storage capacity, but they are about the size of a deck of cards.
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