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Windows 7: External hard drive

06 Jul 2011   #11

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The hd to purchase depends on brand preference but that aside look for the fastest rpm you can afford and the largest amount of cache on the drive you can afford. The faster and larger these are the lower the wait time for files to write or be read. That being said if this is just for back up and time is on your side as your not constantly accessing info off or writing to it than a slower drive with less cache will cost less. All things being equal.....go for the speed as every little bit helps. Lastly go with name brand drives with a good customer feed back. I won't bore you with my brand preference as this topic is trumped only by the Intel vs AMD and Which Anti-Virus do you use threads ! lol

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06 Jul 2011   #12

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Windows 7 x64

As for what type. Any modern computer supports a usb drive. The eSATA is more dependent on exactly what computer you have.
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06 Jul 2011   #13
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

As already suggested, an external enclosure is the best way to go. Then you can buy cheaper internal disks (2.5" or 3.5"). I would also recommend to rather go for a bunch of smaller disks (640GB to 1TB) than only one biggie.

eSata gives you the best performance. If your system does not have it, you can add it for little money at the PCI-e.

This is the enclosre I have (Sata II and eSata plus a handy SD card reader and 2 additional USB ports): - XION XON-SAHDCB-COMBOCR 2.5" & 3.5" Black USB2.0 & eSATA Combo Dock Station
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