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Una

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Hi -

 

I am looking for an external hard drive 100-200 GB - any recommendations for a good drive at a resonable cost. I am looking for one that is smart enough to do incrementle back ups and comes with some instructions. Thank you for any help!!!

 

Una in CT :)

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Hi -

 

I am looking for an external hard drive 100-200 GB - any recommendations for a good drive at a resonable cost. I am looking for one that is smart enough to do incrementle back ups and comes with some instructions. Thank you for any help!!!

 

Una in CT :)

There's always lots of good deals in the Sunday circulars and Maxtor and Western Digital always seem to be the one's I see. I don't see how you can go wrong.

I've purchased bare drives and a separate enclosure to make a few of my own and at the time, this was cheaper but with 500gb drives starting to be the norm, I think you should be able to get some good deals now in the 200-250gb range.

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As Paul suggested, there are many good deals out there for external hard drives. I have two that are USB drives and as many of us do that want to make their own, I bought the external hard drive enclosures and then bought the drives separately and put them together. They work great !! And are as easy to set up as just plugging them in.

 

For some information on external hard drives, you might want to check out this website to see what they suggest: http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,1874,4642,00.asp

 

Many of the ones that come already to go, have backup software that comes with the drive.

 

Good luck :)

 

Frank...

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The type of backup is controlled by the software. Usually you get some basic program with the drive, along with the driver (the bit of software than lets the hardware and the Operating System communicate), or you can buy a program as part of a suite, or as a separate program.

 

Two backup programs that are often recommended are Acronis True Image, and Norton Ghost.

 

Lynn

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Hi -

 

I am looking for an external hard drive 100-200 GB - any recommendations for a good drive at a resonable cost. I am looking for one that is smart enough to do incrementle back ups and comes with some instructions. Thank you for any help!!!

 

Una in CT :)

Last bare HD I got (to put into an external case) was a WD 160 GB for about $50 after rebates. The ones in cases - iOmega (with WD 160 GB) and 200 GB Seagates were around $100 each. Look for sales at all the usual places.

 

Backing up a large C drive would be faster on an internal drive if you have an open drive bay. I use Acronis True Image to back up to a second internal drive, then save a copy on an external drive also.

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"I myself is contemplating on getting another external hard drive. :) "

 

Have you had any problems Jess with just having slightly over 500MB of RAM ? I guess that 504MB you list in you profile is a 512MB chip. huh ?

 

Seems like every time I check the adds for computer parts, they keep getting cheaper---HOOOORAH !!

 

Frank...

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Not nagging at all Jess ! I just had never seen any memory listed that way. I can understand the processor shown the way it is but usually RAM is noted in either the way it is sold in MB or in GB depending on how many chips there are. I would still like to know if the chip that is on the motherboard is 512MB :):huh:

My system Properties are shown in GB, which is two 512MB chips.

 

And evidently that amount of RAM must be sufficient for what you are using the computer for, huh ??

 

Cheers

Frank...

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I would still like to know if the chip that is on the motherboard is 512MB

 

Of course it's a 512 or two 256 chips! Mine shows 2GB Ram, but I built the thing and know what increments that Ram are made in. My 2GB of Ram are four 512mb matched sets.

 

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Hi -

 

I am looking for an external hard drive 100-200 GB - any recommendations for a good drive at a resonable cost. I am looking for one that is smart enough to do incrementle back ups and comes with some instructions. Thank you for any help!!!

 

Una in CT :)

Office Depot has a 250GB drive for $49 today in the paper. If you have one in your area, take a look.

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Office Depot has a 250GB drive for $49 today in the paper. If you have one in your area, take a look.

Good deal, but it's got 2 mail in rebates to get that price. The in-store price is $149.

 

One other thing you might consider is whether you want a USB external drive or an IEEE 1394 external drive ( if your computer has an IEEE 1394 port)

 

With the IEEE 1394 drives, you can 'daisy chain' them. That means you can plug one external drive into the other external drive and only need one IEEE 1394 port on your computer.

 

With USB, you either need enough ports or an adapter to plug in each device into your computer.

 

I also find IEEE 1394 to be faster when I'm moving large files, but others find them to be about the same speed.

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I have an enclosure I bought for a large drive that accepts USB and Firewire and I honestly can't tell the difference in speeds. It's probably close enough that in only makes a difference with huge files.

 

I've found Office Depot refunds to be pretty fast. I buy lots from them for my office and they send me coupons every week plus I have their advantage card that I swipe with every purchase and I get money back. Usually, about $60 every 3 months. Not bad if you have to buy office supplies.

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Not nagging at all Jess ! I just had never seen any memory listed that way. I can understand the processor shown the way it is but usually RAM is noted in either the way it is sold in MB or in GB depending on how many chips there are. I would still like to know if the chip that is on the motherboard is 512MB :):huh:

My system Properties are shown in GB, which is two 512MB chips.

 

And evidently that amount of RAM must be sufficient for what you are using the computer for, huh ??

 

Cheers

Frank...

That was asked in a humorous way. :D My PC has 512 mb of memory.

 

Anyway, how do I determine where the other 8mb is used up (or shared with)?

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After you have spent all afternoon in the bios looking for 8mb of ram siphoned off! Take my word for it, it's miss reporting the 512 as 504.

 

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Ok, I won't find out anymore where the 8mb is being used. My computer works fine anyway. I'll show 512 mb instead of 504 mb in my signature.

 

Thanks guys!

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