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20th April 2006 23:15  #1

Je Ff Member Join Date: February 2005 Location: United States Posts: 438
External Drive
Hi everyone.  I've been having computer problems recently and may need to format it. :-(  I was wondering if anyone here has an external hard drive that has worked well for them and has about 150 - 200 GB of memory for less than 150 dollars.  I absolutely refuse to lose my files, but my computer is getting slower and slower.  Also, where did you get it?  Any help is appreciated.

Have a nice day.

21st April 2006 1:19  #2

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Check out newegg.com, find the best price on an internal, IDE hard drive from whatever brandname you trust and purchase a decently rated, USB housing kit for it. If all you want is something 150-200 GB, you should be able to get a drive that size and an external housing kit for it for under $150, and you'll have flexibility with want you eventually want to do with the hard drive.

21st April 2006 1:34  #3

Je Ff Member Join Date: February 2005 Location: United States Posts: 438
Thanks!

21st April 2006 1:41  #4

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290

21st April 2006 1:51  #5

Je Ff Member Join Date: February 2005 Location: United States Posts: 438
Thanks Mal.  I think I'm going to get the Seagate 160GB.

: - )

21st April 2006 2:12  #6

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Probably a good option... the problem with these other brands (excluding the Maxtor) is it becomes a pick and mix, sometimes they contain an absolute top of the range hard drive, other times you get a poor model that suffers from side effects like overheating - basically depends on the batch.

21st April 2006 15:35  #7

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,113 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Don't talk to me about hard drives...

21st April 2006 15:48  #8

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Says someone who you might consider an IT professional. Tongue

22nd April 2006 15:22  #9

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,113 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Hey, I haven't lost any data (yet) and I managed to get around the NTSF.sys error and access XP in spite of the continuous reboot cycle and bad sectors, so there Tongue

8th May 2006 19:38  #10

Aftermath Member Join Date: March 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 172
omg you get that too? the continuous rebooting and bad sectors?! I thought that was just me and my stupid computer?! how did you get round it?

9th May 2006 23:59  #11

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,113 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
If you really are getting it then I'd buy a new HDD immediately and copy all your data over to a new Windows installation. Once things start to go, they invariably get worse.

You can get around it by grabbing a few files from the hidden system restore folder and copying them to the config folder in windows\system32. You need to rename them afterwards though. It's not an easy step as you need exclusive access to the files so you need be able to stick the drive in another machien or use ERD Commander etc.

18th May 2006 19:50  #12

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
I must say that I have the LaCie 500 Gig external drive and so far, I have been fairly happy with it.  No problems so far using it about 8 hours a day to serve up music.

16th June 2006 18:43  #13

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
I've just had an external drive done.

I was going to go with block paving but for cost, I went with tarmac.

OLO!

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