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Hey guys, I see that there's already a thread on externals on this page, but I'm looking for something a bit different than that guy so I started my own thread - hope you don't mind

Anyways, I've had 2 HDDs crap out of me and I lost a lot of important stuff with both of them. Fool me twice shame on me, fool me 3 times... I don't even know

I'd like to avoid making the same mistake 3 times, and I want to back up all my important stuff externally. An external harddrive seems like a great way to do this.

Is there anything I should be careful of? I don't really know anything about how externals work. Ideally I'd like to be able to just dump all my stuff into a drive and then keep it in a closet or something in case I need it. I'd like for this to be relatively long-term type storage.

Are externals compatible with any OS? If I use XP to put stuff onto it now and later I switch to another OS will I still be able to access the data?

Is there anything I should look out for when buying an external? I really only need something around 200 gigs, but hey - the more the better eh?

I'm not sure what I should expect to pay. This 500 gig drive is only $120 on newegg, whereas this 750gig one is like 3.5x the price.

I really only want the drive for storage, so I don't care much about how fast it is or anything. The point is to have safe storage for my stuff, not to add another drive to my computer - if I wanted to do that I'd just get another internal.

Does anybody have any suggestions or general advice?

Thanks a bunch, rep++ for help
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I have always built my own external drives. I start with a known reliable HDD (I prefer Seagate since they generally run cooler in my experience, which is good for external use) and then add a quality enclosure. I used this Icy Dock for both of my drives:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817198006

They were less than half that price when I bought them though.

Usually external HDDs don't fail too often, just don't let them get too hot, heat is the death of HDDs.
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First suggestion: If buying a turn-key package, stick with reputable and recognized names; Seagate, Western Digital, etc.

Second ...

It all depends on what interface you want and what your particular needs are.

For instance, ...

It sounds like you just want to do daily backups or weekly backups ... and, having used both a very fast eSATA drive (external SATA) and also an external USB drive, I can say, the speed of backing up is not really that much better between the drives while using an Imaging program like Norton Ghost or a backup program like the one that ships default with WinXP.

That said ... direct file copies, however, will be much faster with eSATA than with USB.

...

Overall, ... If I were you, and considering you mostly want a spare drive to back stuff up too ... I'd look at some of Seagate's "Freeagent" drives ...

Reviews have been good.

...

Otherwise, another option is purchasing your own SATA drive of choice and a seperate, external enclosure (of whatever interface flava you like).

    
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Just bought this. Under 90 bucks (after tax and shipping!) for a 250 gig seagate - done and done

Thanks for the help guys. I have one more question though:

Will it be possible to install games to this drive? I'm thinking I could install all my old games to it so they aren't clogging up my main internal drives, but then I wouldn't have to reinstall them if I get an urge to play them... I'd just have to get the external from the closet and plug it in and I'd be ready to go in theory Is this possible?

I'm looking forward to having all my stuff safe and sound somewhere in case my HDD dies or I have to wipe it or something. Hooray!
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