External hard drive recommendations

  Les T 20:34 14 Feb 2008

Evening folks, i'm looking to buy an external hard drive to use both with my Dell Dimension 5000 desktop (running XP SP2) and my Acer Aspire 5720Z laptop (running Vista Home Premium). I would be glad of some recommendations, i would like to make a back up of both operating systems and of course to store some files e.g. video.
Advice will be most appreciated (make,size and price), oh, it would be an advantage if it was USB powered as opposed to an AC adapter.

Thanks in advance.

Les T

  Kemistri 22:23 14 Feb 2008

Freecom or Seagate.

See all the previous threads on this subject.

If you tell us whether you want 2.5" or 3.5", USB or e-SATA, or even a NAS, then we can come up with more specific suggestions.

  Totally-braindead 22:29 14 Feb 2008

Not keen on USB only powered ones myself as they can drag a bit of power and if you have a lot of other USB devices on your PC there is a possability of problems. Others may disagree but mines a mains one. Its meant to work off USB alone according to the instructions but it doesn't, I did try it and it wouldn't spin up, just not enough power I suppose.

  Kemistri 22:31 14 Feb 2008

Was a split two plug USB lead supplied, or just a conventional lead?

  Totally-braindead 22:45 14 Feb 2008

Kemistri I cannot recall and can't get at my external drive at the moment but I recall that it said in the instructions it could work off USB only. Mine I should have maybe said is made from an internal hard drive fitted in an enclosure. Don't know if that makes a difference or not. But it definately needs the external power as well.

  Kemistri 22:59 14 Feb 2008

Ah, yes -- that probably makes a difference. I haven't used an enclosure without a power adapter, but the pre-built 2.5" drives usually have split cables to provide enough juice.

  Les T 17:11 15 Feb 2008

Thanks for the replies, a USB powered drive would be desirable, what's the difference between a 2.5" and a 3.5" disc? (apart from physical size)

  Kemistri 17:18 15 Feb 2008

About 1800rpm.

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  wjrt 18:27 15 Feb 2008

selection here
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  Totally-braindead 22:16 15 Feb 2008

The 2.5" ones use laptop hard drives. Basically they are slower than the 3.5" ones.

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and use the free clone hd seagate software powered by acronis saving you 20 quid if you dont have it already.
This makes it exceptional value for money.
seagate software will work with both the pc and laptop as the external hd is seagate.

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