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Posted by Aditu (Member # 2340) on January 19, 2008, 10:01:
I'm thinking about getting an external USB hard drive for my backups. I'm not backing up tons of data, mostly some photos and text files from a book I'm working on.
Any suggestions for me on what to get?
Posted by password (Member # 12442) on January 19, 2008, 11:28:
if its anything under 8GB then just get a regular flash drive. if you are looking for something larger, there are many cheaply available portable hard drives available at your nearest office store.
Posted by Grummash (Member # 4289) on January 19, 2008, 13:03:
If you have a bit of cash around, there are a few 32GB USB Flash drives around nowadays. Although most are prettier than this one!

I would certainly have one if they were cheaper, but for practical external HDD backup, I still prefer Firewire and Carbon Copy Cloner and/or SuperDuper!

YMMV etc.
Posted by toobe (Member # 3783) on January 19, 2008, 15:14:
I have one of these that I use for on-the-go backups and file transportation (I use a larger external firewire drive for my regular backups). It's a good drive, fits in my pocket, and the price was right.
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on January 19, 2008, 18:54:
I'd recommend an external HD to get the most bang for your buck. (But if you don't need more than 4 GB, go with a SanDisk USB key.) You can get a 320 GB WD USB2.0 HD for $99. Personally, I just bought a 500 GB WD "Home" drive from circuitcity for a song. It finally went on special after a good long while - I want this version for the Firewire interface, which tends to cost more. SuperDuper or CCC, here we come! (And per a previous thread, I /shouldn't/ need Firewire for my MacBook...but for my PPC mini, I do.) Also, I look forward to being able to have a HD connected and both USB ports free.
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on January 20, 2008, 11:56:
_____________________________ Slightly off topic, but after looking at the specs for the new Mac book and seeing the SSD option. Does the machine boot faster than with a mechanical drive, I would think that it would be able to save faster because of not needing cache during head moves. Also how much battery time would that save not having to spin up the platters?
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on January 20, 2008, 12:48:
MoMan: Read time is supposed to be significantly faster with SSD. Write time may not necessarily be as fast, though. Seek time is the key savings - if the files you're reading are stored sequentially on a standard HD, the savings aren't as big. Power savings should be decent, but the official line from Apple is that they haven't studied it yet. I happen to think that's pretty lame, but I guess they were too busy getting the thing ready for production to bother. They probably had dozens of bugs to fix first...and they probably ripped more manila envelopes than anyone would care to remember.
Posted by Maggs (Member # 4682) on January 20, 2008, 15:33:
Is a manilla envelope, the Apple Offical Laptop Carrying case?
Posted by Serenak (Member # 2950) on January 20, 2008, 16:22:

but an Airkraft/Jiffy is [Razz]

[Big Grin]
Posted by joliet_jane (Member # 818) on January 22, 2008, 06:01:
It may make sense to get a drive and then get an enclosure for it. If it's for storage and not moving around, then a big drive won't hurt.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how to make an external drive bootable. This is pretty hard, really.
Posted by Aditu (Member # 2340) on January 23, 2008, 10:05:
Thanks. I hadn't been thinkin of thumbdrives, but it would be alot easier to do it that way. I'll check out some of your links. [Smile] Thanks again
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on January 23, 2008, 10:44:
__________________________ A few years back I came accross a USB drive incloseure at a retailer. I had a large 80Gig drive unused at that time. I know thats small by todays standards. Any way I bought the incloseure poped in the drive and use it to back up personal folders on all of our comps. Buy using a DOS format all of our comps can axcess the info. Its mostly full of Jpegs (grandkids).

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