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Windows 7: Advice needed regarding storing audio & video files

28 Jan 2014   #1

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Advice needed regarding storing audio & video files

Okay-I wasn't certain where to post this.So,here it is.I' really VERY new to the issue of working with drives and I really need some help/advice with this.What I'm wanting to do is to transfer all of my movies and music to some sort of other drive.But,I really don't know what kind of drive to use.I've heard of "flash drives". Would this be the right thing for me ? Also,I came across a Western Digital 250 GB,external ,7200 RPM,3.5" hard drive on ebay for $10 ! I was thinking I could even do this ! It really sounds like a great deal.My question with this external hard drive is,does this drive need to stay plugged in all the time or,can I use it like a "flash drive" and just store what I want on it and just break it out whenever I need it ? If it helps-I'm running a Compaq Presario CQ57.I'll check back tomorrow for any advice.Much,MUCH thanks to anyone who chi,es in ! It's MUCH appreciated !!

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28 Jan 2014   #2

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The option is yours, you can leave it connected to your pc or you can hook it up just when you want to use it.

I would hook it up only when you want to use it.

Don`t store anything you really want to keep long term on a flash drive, they are not as reliable and not really designed for long term storage.
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28 Jan 2014   #3

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Take a look at this,
http://www.sevenforums.com/news/3192...sk-drives.html
I personally wouldn't go for the brand you posted but anything Hitachi is good to go,
Leaving it on,
Pretty much depends on if the case has a cooling fan or not,
If it doesn't I wouldn't leave it powered on,
Cheers.
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29 Jan 2014   #4

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Addram THANK YOU Very,VERY much ! I really didn't know about flash drives not being for long term storage ! Thank you BOTH very,VERY much !! I REALLY appreciate your advice ! I'm not going to mark this as "solved" just yet.Just to see what some others might say about this issue.But-I believe addram has pointed me in the direction I'm going to go ! The Western Digital may not be the best.But,like everything else-I've heard good and bad about them.About on a 50-50 keel.And,the drive is brand new.So,I believe I'm going to give it a try.For the price,it's an awesome deal ! And,hell-if it doesn't work out,I can always find the stuff again that I'm about to put on it Again,thank you both very,VERY much !!!
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29 Jan 2014   #5

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Uh,oh...that seller has another of these and as with the first one that was sold,it says that "the cables are missing".SHOULD buy this ? Will it work wirelessly ? Do i need to buy the cables from somewhere and what kind of cables would I need ??
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29 Jan 2014   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Disks don't work wirelessly. They have to be attached with cables.

Don't buy from shady sources. You are just wasting your money. Here is a good alternative for $60 with promo code: EMCYTZT5556

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...m-_-22-178-106
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31 Jan 2014   #7

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WHS-Thank you Very,VERY much.I found a maxtor that's going to suit my need for about $30 and already made the purchase.I REALLY appreciate you finding that for me.If I had that much to spend,I probably would've went for that ! That's a great deal ! A whoile TB for $60 ? Wow ! Again,THANK YOU !
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31 Jan 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are welcome.
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