(obligatory "Hi! I'm new
here. Long time lurker and such.")
Anyway, I'm looking to pick up two (2) external hard drives for use with my dell insp5100 laptop (about four years old now.) I've filled my 60gig internal drive with music and such, and with just under a gig left, I'd like a solid solution for backing up my countless hours of audio magic.
Ideally, and feel free to recommend a better set up, I'd want one drive to move all of my media to - to free up space and speed up my lappy, and another drive to back up the first drive and any other essential files from my laptop. That one would go into storage I guess, to be updated every few weeks or something like that. The first external drive would stay connected to my laptop and basically be used as a secondary media storage drive.
I guess what I'm really concerned about is reliability. I don't need these things to fail on me a few weeks down the road. Another concern is price. Around $70-80 dollars each would be ideal. They only really need to be about 60gb each. Finally, I need to know that they'll work with my laptop. Firsthand information here would be great, as I've heard stories of drives not being able to draw enough power via usb from some laptops. So there's the whole usb vs. plug into the wall issue.
I've looked into just building my own, but got discouraged because I've never actually done it. That said, I can follow directions, and if someone can recommend a good casing, hd combo - so much the better.
Thanks for the help.
tl;dr : Need advice on External Hard Drive back up solution for laptop filled with 30+ gigs of music.
Not sure about the price range but they do offer a good range of sizes.
Edit: USB external hard drives are considered a mass storage device, they'll work with any recent iteration of windows unless something is horribly borked. If a If a USB (Thumb/Key/Flash drive, whatever you want to call it) works, the hd will too.
My friend has at least half a dozen of these damn things and he swears by them.
Also, they are dirt cheap in terms of price vs. storage, as far as I am aware.
I have this 2.5" drive that I quite like.
I also have this enclosure with a 500gb Seagate drive that I also quite like.
Any suggestions as to brand? Also, do I have to worry about cooling at all with those?
ps. bonus points for taste in music.
As for recommending a better setup, I would go with a backup hard drive for off machine "take it with you" storage and backing up to DVD-Rs for long-term storage. With DVD-Rs there's no chance of losing your data if you drop the box they're in (or some other such oopsie.)
There's Firewire, eSATA, and dual USB connections for plenty of external drives out there that give you all the speed you need for non-system data storage.
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Good start to the day. Pity it's going to be the worst one of your life. The light is now on.