I want to buy an external hard drive to store my photos and my wife's Sims game and downloads on but i'm unsure as to what i'm looking for and how much I should be expecting to pay. I'd like as much storage space as possible for my money. Are certain ones only compatible with certain machines? I don't really know how it works to be honest.
Hi - I have a smaller version of the Freeagent which I use as a backup and its done good service so far - being USB it will work on almost any machine. I'd always advise you keep a second copy of your data somewhere (eg CDs or your main machine).
In the real world the difference between USB1 and 2 will hardly be noticed by you unless you are copying terrabytes of info. Don't worry about the USB just get the backup done and if you have to make a coffe whilst backing up there will be no comparison to the hassle it will save you when you need it.
I have the Seagate One Touch (400GB) mentioned by *Raven* in his first link; I paid £53 for it on a Scan TodayOnly offer (click here)
However, mine is a USB model and the link above is for a SATA version; seem to be no 500GB USB versions around at present.
Mine is simple to install, format (I reformatted and partioned it from FAT32 to NTFS using Seagate's Disk Wizard) and, once the first backup has been created, incremental backups involve just a touch of the button.
You have to make sure to use the Safely Remove Hardware feature before switching the Seagate off.