Community Newsletter: Q&A forum: External hard-drive buying advice and backing up data

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) July 24, 2008 2:10 AM PDT

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External hard-drive buying advice and backing up data

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 7/24/08 2:10 AM

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I'd like to get an external hard drive to use for backup of files and maybe as a main access point for music and photos. I'm not sure what brands are best or what vendor I should purchase from. I want at least 300GB but probably more. The drive should be easily connected and detached, and synching between the drives for backing up data should be simple (I don't want to manually search all folders in a directory to figure out which ones have been updated since last backup).

I'm more concerned with reliability and durability than with getting the lowest price, as I will be counting on the drive for file backup. What are some members' recommendations? Is it a bad idea to use a backup drive for regular access to music and photos? I play music on my PC a lot and don't want to wear out my primary drive. Using a Dell Dimension 5150 with Windows XP. Thanks!!

--Submitted by Ben T.

Here are some answers from our members to get you started, but please read through all the submission within this discussion thread for more helpful advice and information.

External hard drives are important: choose carefully --Submitted by newscientist_Au
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=302253&messageID=2819594#2819594

External hard drives are not the best backup! --submitted by MarkFlax
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=302253&messageID=2819694#2819694

Have a backup plan --submitted kknudson
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=302253&messageID=2820109#2820109

Simple "balance" of life regarding storage volume --submitted rlessmue
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=302253&messageID=2822669#2822669


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