External Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Ryka, May 26, 2007.

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    Ryka Guest

    I would like to purchase an external hard drive to use for Vista Back
    Ups. Several people have recommended Western Digital, but I'm not sure what
    model I should get. How many GB do I need? Do I need USB 2.0 and/or Foxwire?
    What will work well with Vista Home Premium and be easy to use (I've never
    used an external HDD previously)? Any and all suggestions are appreciated.
    Ryka, May 26, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Cal Bear '66, May 26, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Firewire or IEEE 1394

    Cal Bear '66, May 26, 2007
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    will_s Guest

    I purchased a NexStar 3 external enclosure that had both USB and esata (
    external sata ) connections. My motherboard has an external sata connector
    on the back but if you dont it comes with a bracket . The thing is Vista
    just sees it as another drive and its just as quick as any sata drive. It
    also has a hard switch so you can turn it off or on as you like

    I have put in a WD 250Gig hard drive in the enclosure but any will do a good
    job .
    will_s, May 26, 2007
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    Tiberius Guest

    firefox wire.. lol

    its a fence to keep the foxes out... trademark microsoft vista

    Tiberius, May 26, 2007
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    Rock Guest

    I recommend you don't buy a commercially preassembled external hard drive.
    You can put one together easily enough from a bare hard drive and an
    external hard drive enclosure, for much less cost. These are readily
    obtainable. USB is fine (btw it's Firewire, not Foxwire).

    As to size, bigger is better. You can put together an external 320GB drive
    using a Western Digital 320GB 7200 RPM EIDE bare drive and a Kingwin
    external drive enclosure for under $100 from Newegg.com.

    Here are some links just to get you started.


    Rock, May 26, 2007
  7. Rock, the way external hard drive prices are falling, manufactured drives
    can compete pretty well with enclosures:

    And these are both 500GB with free shipping.
    Michael Solomon, May 26, 2007
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    ...winston Guest

    Nice price, though I've seen too many preassembled drives with sealed cases
    or the drive not capable of replacement without OEM repair or service. In
    some cases worse than attempting a battery replacement on the original IPod.

    Additionally the majority of included software is unnecessary and redundant
    to the simple tasks needed and provided by Msft or Apple o/s's.

    ...winston, May 26, 2007
  9. Agreed, but at these prices, it's not much different than the price of just
    replacing the hard drive in an enclosure.

    Agreed on the software as well, Winston. It's a nice little extra and for
    some without such 3rd party apps, they may get a nice backup program out of
    it (One of my drives) came with "Retrospective Backup) but as you say, most
    tasks can be handled by the OS.
    Michael Solomon, May 26, 2007
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    ...winston Guest

    'Retrospective Backup'
    The person who coined that must have grown up in the '60's.

    Nice seeing you around !!!

    Are you dual booting and/or using WLMD on Vista ?


    ...winston, May 26, 2007
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    Hertz_Donut Guest

    I would highly rcommend *AGAINST* Western Digit5al. every Western Digital
    hard drive i have ever owned has failed catastrophically and early.

    Currently, the best drives on the market are Seagate. 5 year warranties
    across the board, including external.

    Look at the new FreeAgent and FreeAgent Pro lines.

    Hertz_Donut, May 26, 2007
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    Hertz_Donut Guest

    Firewire (i.e. firwire 400) is *SLOWER* than USB 2.0 drives in most
    applications, and is completely blown out of the water be eTSATA.

    Hertz_Donut, May 26, 2007
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    Lee Guest

    USB 2.0, new pcs already have 4-6 ports, just plug in and go. It'll appear
    as a lettered drive in Explorer.
    Lee, May 26, 2007
  14. A number of companies market SATA drive enclosures that can contain one
    or more drives. Connection can be by USB 2.0, Firewire, or eSATA. eSATA
    is preferable because of its speed. Apricorn makes a nice single drive
    enclosure that can be connected either by USB or eSATA. USB is slow thus
    eSATA is a preferred connection.
    If you need multiple external hard drives and can spend a little more
    money, the "hot swap" enclosures are very nice.
    Robert Robinson, May 26, 2007
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    Ryka Guest

    Thanks to all of you for your advice and suggestions. I decided to go with
    the Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB Combo (USB 2.0 and FireWire 400).
    I got a good price, free delivery, and it says it's Vista compatible with no
    software to install except for the WD BackUp. This should more than
    adequately do Back Ups and a lot more.
    Ryka, May 26, 2007
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    Rock Guest

    I've never had a problem with a WD drive.
    Rock, May 27, 2007
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    Jon Wiles Guest

    I would suggest by starting using USB and copying the backup utilities to
    the computer first. Then reformat the Western Digital to NTFS. Once
    reformatted, restart with USB connected and then copy the backup utilities
    back . You will then be able to use USB or firewire. BTW, full reformatting
    takes a fair few hours.
    I have just bought my 2nd one of these drives and have had no problems

    Jon Wiles, May 27, 2007
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    Steve Urbach Guest

    Ditto. Running 5 of their drives along with a bunch of Maxtors.

    Had 1 Maxtor 820MB fail after a few months, years ago. They replaced it (with
    a 1.6G) that is still running (along with a 104MB Conner ;) drive ).
    Heat or rapid temperature change is an enemy of drives. Shock gets notebook
    drives and externals.
    Steve Urbach, May 28, 2007

  19. Or you could just buy already built for less than $90.

    thetruthhurts , May 28, 2007
  20. And been a fan of Buffalo Springfield!:)

    Thanks, Winston.

    I was dual booting up until about a week ago. I might have dropped XP
    sooner but my PDA, a Dell Axim X5 was not compatible with the new Sync
    Center. I really didn't want to purchase a new PDA and Dell no longer
    offered the PPC 2003 upgrade, in fact, for the time being, they are out of
    the PDA business with the exception of selling third party models. I found
    a guy on Ebay who was selling a copy of the upgrade for $4 and change plus
    shipping. For the little over $7, I figured it was worth a shot. He sent
    me a burned a copy, it updated my Axim and I was back in business.

    I updated my Acronis True Image and Disk Director to current versions,
    backed up my partitions, wiped my hard drive and started over, installing
    Vista and rebuilding my partitions and creating new master images of my

    I'm currently using WLMD for newsgroups and Hotmail. For my pop3 accounts,
    contacts, scheduling, etc. I'm using Outlook 2003.

    Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner but with the long weekend, I just
    didn't get back online until today.
    Michael Solomon, May 30, 2007
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