External storage solution - please help?

  smiiithy2009 18:35 12 May 2009
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Hi all,

I’m very confused about my options for additional storage space. I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop and I'm using an 800GB 3.5" USB HDD with external power supply.

The hard-drive is almost full and I am looking for a new storage solution. Having an external power supply connected is becoming a pain so I was thinking of getting a 2.5" USB HDD. Also the performance of USB 2.0 for an external hard-drive isn’t the best so I was looking at other options. Might a larger internal HDD be a better solution? My laptop is already out of warranty but I’d like to have existing data transferred across as well as my copy of Windows Vista.

I need around 1TB of storage.

Could it be best to buy an eSATA cardbas?
Can anybody suggest a suitable one for my Inspiron?
Would I be able to get an eSATA hard-drive that does not require external power supply or does this not exist?
If not would I be able to get a 4m eSATA cable which would reduce the hindrance of the external power supply.

All suggestions welcomed. Please post links to any suggested products if possible.

Thanks very much for your help,

Mike

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