Plug it into my existing (ailing) pc and drag my Documents into it? Does much formatting have to take place or does it plug in and go? (I am on XP) Also, I have a laptop also, could you download all the files from the PC and then unplug and connect to the laptop and do the same? (although actually the two are networked so I could drag and drop from My network places, accessing the laptop via the PC). Any recommendations of what/where to buy would also be appreciated, many thanks :)
if you are going to buy a usb drive i would recomend you get a large enough drive to back up both your computers. something like acronis true image or norton ghost would take a snap shot of your system and store it on your usb drive. as for what and where try click here the customer reviews are usually pretty accurate even if you but elswhere
yes you can put what you like on it, it is just the same as your hard drive on the computer seagate or western? both good brand name your choice realy look at the reviews and buy the biggest size you can afford
Debe. Yes to your first question. No to the second, they come formatted usually. Yes to the 3rd question. Lastly, I imagine on-line shopping in your location would be your best bet and as mentioned before, buy the largest capacity within reason.
Why not buy a caddy and drop into it whatever drive you fancy. You will need to format it, like any other drive, but that shouldn't be a problem. The advantage with a caddy is that you can use old hard drives for backups, then tuck them safely away and fit a new drive in the caddy. They're not expensive - allow about £20 for the caddy plus the OEM cost of any new drive you want to put in it. If you are using a drive out of an old computer, then the cost is just that of the caddy!
Thanks for all the advice I'll have a think about the caddy adea too! I was going to go for a 320 GB Western Digital 7200 "Book" with the 8mb buffer for £72 delivered.will have a good look tonight, thanks!