My Maxtor 500XT has just hit the floor. The kitten done it! I've forgiven him!
(The problem is that it produces a different Error Code on each Partition that I try to enter. I have even tried to Format one of the partitions and that will not complete. Unless someone has a good idea, I am assuming that it is dead.)
There was nothing but Back-ups on it, so nothing is lost, however I will have to replace it pretty soon.
So - a new one is necessary. Backing up 80GB to DVD is unreal.
If last months tests are to be believed, USB powered drives appear to be of dubious usability.
A method of turning it "On/Off" would be advantageous, the Maxtor had none and that was a drag.
Otherwise anything over 180GB would be considered.
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These external drives pop up at special prices all the time. PC World don`t have any specials at the moment but I think they had a £90 320 Gb Hitachi a couple of weeks ago. Might be worth hanging on for a couple of weeks and keep looking.