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    External Hard Drives-need comments

    I was thinking about buying an external HD for my wifes laptop. Dell currently has 15% off. Any comments on using one? I know the Maxtor's have backup software on their 5000 series. My wifes laptop is only 40 G, but was wondering about purchasing the larger 80G or 160 G external for future ability with larger HD.

    I would welcome any suggestions on what way I should go and size.

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    Brett

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    Re: External Hard Drives-need comments

    You might check the <!post=thread starting here,188451>thread starting here<!/post> for starters. I think if you search The Lounge more carefully than I did, you'll find other threads too.

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    Re: External Hard Drives-need comments

    I guess the size would be according to how you plan on useing the External Hard Drive. You could always have two 40GB Externals. That way not all your eggs are in one external basket. And then again some people like all there eggs in one basket. Like I said it would be all in what you think is best for you. But it never hurts to have an External backup plan.

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    Re: External Hard Drives-need comments

    I use a USB Pyro 1394 Drive kit by ADS, its a lot more flexable. You can insert just about any hard drive or CD ROM drive, plug into a usb or usb 2 port and off you go. Check out http://adstech.com/ for mor info.

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    Re: External Hard Drives-need comments

    I would not purchase a drive from DEll without first checking prices at http://www.pricegrabber.com, and, at least, http://www.provantage.com.

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    Re: External Hard Drives-need comments

    Don't forget about Price Watch. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: External Hard Drives-need comments

    I find pricegrabber to be better, tho I've not used PriceWatch in quite some time.

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    Re: External Hard Drives-need comments

    I agree with Howard. You can find a better deal on Hard Drives. And BKDC is right, those kits are cool because you can install a Hard Drive into it and your ready to go. And then you can take that Drive out , put it up and install another into the kit { External Case } and your ready to go again. GoogleGear has some good deals too.

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    Re: External Hard Drives-need comments

    Be careful about the kits.

    I've heard that some are pretty flimsy.

    I've heard good things about the cases from Compucable (Newegg carries them).
    I forget the details of the case, e.g., whether it includes a fan.

    Unless one requires a proprietary part, NEVER buy an accessory from Dell, Gateway, HP, Micron, etc.

    Price should be lower at other places.
    I have purchased mostly from www.provantage.com and www.buy.com.
    Recently, purchased from www.newegg.com.

    Go to www.pricegrabber.com, or other search engine such as MySimon or Pricewatch, but also check Provantage,etc., as the search engines do not always include Provantage in the search.

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    Re: External Hard Drives-need comments

    This may be a couple of days late, but I felt I should pass on a very positive experience I've just had with IMC, who manufacture and sell Kanguru external hard drives. They're a US company based in Millis, MA -- just outside of Boston.

    I bought a 40GB Kanguru external 3.5" drive with a USB2 cable (backwards compatible with USB1) from them last October after having fought with Syquest, then Orb for several years. It has been working without a hitch. Wednesday morning I attached it to my work pc and it wouldn't spin up -- just sat there blinking at me.

    I called their service number, got an intelligent real service person named Nick who had me try a couple of things which didn't work. He said to send it back to them, so I sent it out UPS 2nd day air. Today I got an email from Nick letting me know that they had received it and went through their testing procedures with me. The upshot is that both the power supply and the USB cable were bad. They have replaced both and have shipped it back to me.

    My total cost? ... about $30.00.

    What a treat!! They have good stuff, they stand behind it, and they seem to care! I feel that this level of service and competence deserves this "positive rant".

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    Re: External Hard Drives-need comments

    A Spanish computer magazine recently reviewed a number of USB hard drives and found that there were two that didn't break when dropped; one was the Maxtor 3000LE, and I can't remember the other one (I remember about the Maxtor because I felt quite relieved, as I had just bought mine). I'm happy with my unit, except for the fact that there's no switch on it (but none of the others have one) and the power cable is a bit hard to get in, with no clear "There, it's in now" indication, so I worry about iffy power connections in the future (I'm a worrier, I am). No software comes with it, but I'm using a wonderful piece of shareware called TaryLynn by KanastaCorp that just synchs files between any folders you choose, so that you're basically always performing incremental backups - except that they are fully readable on any other computer, a real godsend when your system's down unless there are major security concerns. Backup times are short, and I'd probably be backing up every day if it weren't for the cable thing; I'm tempted to cut the cable open and stick in a switch, but it probably wouldn't be a good idea.

    Buy big if you can afford it, IMO.

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    Re: External Hard Drives-need comments

    I purchased the Maxtor 5000DV 160GB (Firewire/USB, 7200 RPM) from Dell for $235.00 with free shipping, The best deal pricegrabber came up with was $260 from some unkown e-merchant. Most of the better known emerchants were asking around $300.00 I found with Dell when they run their 15% off they are usually the cheapest. I have had no problems with them.

    Brett

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