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Old 04-11-2006, 08:11 PM   #16
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Thanks for the help, everyone! I ended up buying the drive & the case that I'd posted before Cool MAx case: (http://www.buy.com/prod/CoolMax_Gemi.../10385135.html , Western Digital Special Edition drive: http://www.buy.com/prod/Western_Digi.../10344589.html ). Buy.com seemed to have the lowest prices for these, plus free shipping. On top of that, I had a coupon----and got both the drive & case together for $121. Not too shabby.

Now onto a dvd burner.....


EDIT: Just noticed that the Cool Max case model # is CD-510B-U2
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Old 04-17-2006, 03:12 AM   #17
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Use Western Digital, Seagate, or Maxtor- all big names use them. In fact, I think Dell still uses Western Digital- always have, always will.
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Old 04-17-2006, 07:39 PM   #18
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In regards to external drives..... I'm an expert (unfortunately).

In my home I have over 6 Terabytes of storage, simply because it's been cheaper to buy more drives than take the time and effort to dump to DVD. Most of the 6TB is on external disks, and the majority of those drives now are Seagate External 300GB (in the well vented silver case).

I've used every major drive manufacturer... Maxtor is by far the WORST for external drives. I lost 5 drives within 2 months last year... oddly, right after their 1 year warranty expired! Western Digitals are reliable, Lacies tend to be pretty, but run VERY hot, and thus are prone to dying faster.... I've known more and more people that have experience this in the last 2 yrs.

While it may seem attractive to run externals on USB2, spend a little more and spring for Firewire. USB2 has a problem with I/O collisions, and thus can't sustain high speed/large file transfers nearly as well as Firewire.

One major suggestion, if you're going to use external drives... MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BACKUP of everything you'd care to lose. Externals run hot, and usually dont have fans, tend to get bumped, and tend to have their power supply and/or controller go bad (in the last two situations you can put the drive in another case).

Hope that helps. Go for the Seagates.... of course use Froogle to find the best prices.

http://www.buy.com/retail/searchresu...=home&dclksa=1
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Old 04-17-2006, 10:54 PM   #19
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Thanks for the info, Elvis! I have a 5 year old laptop with only 20GB that is almost full of my pictures and videos. My CD drive is becoming unreliable in its age and I don't feel like putting money into a piece of hardware that only fits a few computers, so I need a large form of media storage soon. For some reason, this crappy old laptop actually has a firewire port, so I'll look into a firewire Seagate.
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Thanks for the info, Elvis! I have a 5 year old laptop with only 20GB that is almost full of my pictures and videos. My CD drive is becoming unreliable in its age and I don't feel like putting money into a piece of hardware that only fits a few computers, so I need a large form of media storage soon. For some reason, this crappy old laptop actually has a firewire port, so I'll look into a firewire Seagate.
20 GB?! I could never live with 20 gigs... My U2 collection alone is something like 20 gigs.
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20 GB?! I could never live with 20 gigs... My U2 collection alone is something like 20 gigs.
My music collection is currently over 200gb.
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Old 04-24-2006, 11:08 AM   #22
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thanks Elvis, I will need a 200+ gb soon..

the question is if to get an internal one (i have enough place) or external.. the internal would possibly tend to be faster, but i could transport the external from studio to studio.. hmmmmh
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My advice (partially repeated)... always opt for internal drives, and use externals as a backup.

Now if you're going to use an external for a primary storage, get another external as a backup for that 1st external, or as I mentioned before... backup to DVD.
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Old 04-24-2006, 01:12 PM   #24
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I'm about to order a dual-layer burner for my Mini just for backing up my external drives. 8.5 gig backup discs =
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