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    Removable Drives

    A very economic and efficient way of transferring files larger than will fit on a floppy, or for back-up purposes where the data has to be taken off-site is to use a <font color=d2691e>drive caddy</font color=d2691e>. All you need is a spare IDE slot (come on, you haven't used your secondary slave) and an empty drive bay. A drive caddy (you need two if you're going to take files from on machine to another) is the same size as a CD-ROM drive. They cost (here in England) around 20UKP each. You fill 'em with a tray into which is fixed the hard drive - even the half-gig ones you threw into the drawer months ago will do. They appear on your system as removable devices. To keep drive letters consistent, I disable the detection of the slot it's on (secondary slave) in the BIOS. This means it's not available in DoS, but whether in or out it won't change your drive letters schema. Before use, the tray is locked into the caddy for security. As far as I know they are not, at the moment, hot-swappable ie. you need to power-down before taking them on or off your system(s). None-the-less they are a little-publicised yet excellent idea. You don't, for example, see them advertised in the computer press.
    I got mine through a local contact, but they are available on-line. I'll ask around and post the links I come up with as edits to this message.
    Sorry, I forgot to mention the screwdriver...

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    Re: Removable Drives

    But.. I love screwdrivers! and cutting fingers open on case-aluminum is even more fun!

    In the US, the cost of these items are around $18. I know several people who swear by them, and frequently take them from home to the office, and vise-versa.

    As far as where to get them? There are some links below, I do recommend purchasing at least 3, however, as you will most definitely find that you'll need more, and you may not be able to find units which are compatible with the one's you bought, (this too is a recurring problem due to the fact that they are not highly advertised, and thus, there isn't really a standard.)

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.startech.com/parts/removadisk.htm>StarTech Retailers</A>
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://stores.yahoo.com/laptopupgrade/mobracforude.html>Bix Computer Suppliers</A>
    XtraDisk Notebook Caddies

    Computer Shows/Sales often have these items at MUCH CHEAPER than standard outlet stores, and are usually open to dickering on the price.

    Another Tip, should you decide to go mobile with your hard disk, remember that Shock is not a Hard Drive's Friend. It's a good idea to have a padded case or other protection when transporting your precious data.

    Hope that helps!

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    Re: Removable Drives

    Another use I've found is as a no-brainer for having different operating systems on one PC, in my case English Windows and Japanese Windows. The language barrier and staff turn-over in this particular case made for the need of a simple solution.

    As for shock, well I just have to keep my fingers crossed no-one drops a drive.
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    Re: Removable Drives

    Great! I'll have to have a few of those. [img]/w3timages/icons/starstruck.gif[/img]
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    Re: Removable Drives

    Yup, StarTech was the place I had in mind.
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.startech.com/parts/removadisk.htm>http://www.startech.com/parts/removadisk.htm</A>
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    Re: Removable Drives

    How about one of these. (Spotted a write-up in the NY Times and remembered this thread.)

    http://www.maxtor.com/products/Exter...ge/default.htm
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    Re: Removable Drives

    That's MUCH more expensive.
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    Re: Removable Drives

    Make it an active link bud! [img]/S/grin.gif[/img]

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.maxtor.com/products/ExternalStorage/default.htm>Granville's Link from Above</A>

    And i'd have to agree, expensive, and less "compatible" or "convenient" or "Simple..."

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    Re: Removable Drives

    And guess what, Startech head office is just around the corner from me. Found a 1.2 gig hard drive in the bottom of my junk drawer, what a perfect way to backup, and transport my projects. A lot smaller and lighter than that old Compaq notebrick of mine .... [img]/S/smile.gif[/img]

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    Re: Removable Drives

    i'm beginning to regret taking apart that 'old' hard disk to "See how it works..."

    Notebrick!!! [img]/S/laugh.gif[/img][img]/S/rofl.gif[/img][img]/S/laugh.gif[/img][img]/S/rofl.gif[/img]

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    and Backup software

    This seems like the best place to ask about backup software... What's the best? Has anybody used <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.dantz.com/>Retrospect</A>? AnchorDesk this morning was raving on about it.
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    Re: and Backup software

    I think you are backing a desktop running Win9x, from my memory of your other postings. I haven't much experience here as my worries are about servers.

    I have used both Cheyenne (Computer Associates?) ARCserve and Arcada (Veritas) Backup Exec. Both do a great job.

    Did read up on Retrspect and that also sounds good. There is a product that allows you to recover deleted files upto a defined time period but I can't remember what. (Makes Windows just like DOS and Netware! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 width=15 height=15>)

    My recommendation would be to talk to your local supplier and find what they can support. That way you have ready access to support, and go around there and thump them if their advice is no good!
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    Re: and Backup software

    Damn, sorry! That other product was Adaptec's GoBack, but I don't think it will actually backup your files, just lets you recover the files you delete and then discover you really need. No wait try <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.roxio.com/en/products/>Roxio</A>
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    Re: and Backup software

    I think I'll give Retrospect a try.
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