New Desktop

  manrow 16:46 29 Nov 2011

For some 6 years I have been using a computer tower containing 4 hard drives, and performing splendidly until the start-up hard drive failed very recently.

What opinions are there on where I go from here? It seems backup is now achieved through external hard drives is that the best option, especially a some new computers now hang everything on the back of the monitor and there doesn't seem room for extra hard drives?

I should add that forthcoming tasks are editing HD videos from a modern camcorder as well as some much older cine film when converted to digital; so is a high speed processor a priority with lots of storage capacity?

  rawprawn 17:15 29 Nov 2011

Have a look at a Mac, I have been running Windows for years (Still am on my Laptop) but I bought a new Mac about 3 months ago and I am very impressed. It may not be for you, but worth a look.

  woody 17:30 29 Nov 2011

If you are happy with your setup - apart from broken drive - why not just fit new drive?

  gengiscant 17:37 29 Nov 2011

The PC's of which you speak that have everything behind the monitor are only a tiny percentage of the PC's on offer today.Most modern motherboards will easily handle 4 or more hard-drives. The only problem you might have is if your hard-drives are all IDE as modern Mobo's have Sata ports with some,maybe having an IDE header on the mobo.

So storage capacity is really only limited in what you can afford given the sharp rise in prices of HDD's recently due to the flooding in Asia.You should also be looking for a decent i5/i7 CPU with Windows 7 64 Bit and a decent amount of RAM.

  robin_x 17:39 29 Nov 2011

Most people only have one internal drive.

So, the phrase "backup to external drive" is generally used.

In fact, backup to 'another' drive is perfectly acceptable.

It can be any type internal, external, USB, Firewire, Caddy, Network or just the drive on another computer (with enough space).

As long as the Backup program (or its Restore CD) can see the drive during a restore it's fine.

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