I want to go an external hard drive to back up my desktop and store photos - I want to get a Seagate FreeAgent GO hard drive - but should I buy a desktop hard drive or a portable hard drive? What is the difference (in layman's terms!). Thanks.
I want to use it as a separate drive from my PC which I could also occasionally use to back up my daughter's laptop. I was thinking of one that uses just 1 x USB 2 to power up the drive as I don't have a spare power socket! (also only have one spare USB on the front of the desktop)
I ended up getting a Freecom 160GB 2.5" external drive. It is very compact and has already served it's purpose. I gave one to my daughter for Christmas which she found very boring, however, she is now very glad to have got one as her laptop drive (see thread "Dell laptop - message saying no drive detected")does not seem to be working and thankfully all her assignments have been saved to the external drive, too.
I actually bought 2 of the drives (Freecom Mobile Drive XXS 160GB USB) - I am using one on my desktop as I don't have any more sockets for an adaptor and it plugs very neatly in to one of the spare USB sockets on the front my 6 year old Dell Dimension - my daughter is thankfully using the other on her Dell Inspiron laptop (less pleased with that - only 17 months old, already had a replacement battery and now the drive may have gone). The Freecom is compact enough to put in a jacket pocket - it is about the same size as my pocket diary!
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