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Member # 2340
 - posted 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?
Member # 12442
 - posted 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.
Member # 4289
 - posted 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.
Member # 3783
 - posted 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.
Member # 780
 - posted 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.
Member # 1659
 - posted 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?
Member # 780
 - posted 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.
Member # 4682
 - posted January 20, 2008 15:33
Is a manilla envelope, the Apple Offical Laptop Carrying case?
Member # 2950
 - posted January 20, 2008 16:22

but an Airkraft/Jiffy is [Razz]

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Member # 818
 - posted 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.
Member # 2340
 - posted 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
Member # 1659
 - posted 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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