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Ok so I am looking for a external drive I can use to back up my music, movies, school work, ect.....

I have 2 ideas.....

1. Buy a already put together 2TB drive.

2. Buy a internal 2TB drive and buy a enclosure.

Which do you think would be best? Should I worry about speed? 5400 or 7200? If you have any other suggestions let me know!!
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Any interest in a file server?
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well keep in mind I am a college student in a university dorm. I dont really know what file reserve is..
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I would buy a cheap 5x00RPM drive and an enclosure with USB and E-SATA
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I'm not sure if you've noticed, but pre-enclsed drives have warranties for about a year, whereas buying an enclosure and HDD yourself will give you about 3 years, depending what manufacturer it is..
    
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i would say get a drive and enclosure and do it your ONLY IF it is cheaper than buying one that is done already i know what is like it = poor
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OP, it depends on what you want to do.

1) Off site backups? (Copying data onto the drive and taking it off site to a safe place, in case your dorm burns/electrical overload, etc). If this is the case, then I would opt for external enclosure

2) Just regular backups? Keep it internal. KISS- Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Also, the enclosure will protect you from your PSU frying and killing everything. I would personally opt for the external enclosure, even if you don't plan to take it off site, although it can be a pain plugging/unplugging, etc.
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post #8 of 16
2 x 2tb WD Green drives and a hot swap trayless hdd cage... use truecrypt to encrypt your drives and keep one off site... make a backup swap the drives... (Robocopy source dest /mir /xj)

trayless drive bay -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817997016

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trayless external with USB & eSATA -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816215055

HDD -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136514

TrueCrypt download -- http://www.truecrypt.org/downloads

TrueCrypt guide -- http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/?s=tutorial
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I dislike external drives, too easy to lose, drop, get stolen, lost, etc. Don't get me wrong though, they have their uses.

Imo, simplest method is 2tb drive inside your case, then use karens replicator to sync it. And dump images of your boot drive on it too for good measure.
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Sorry for the late reply, I went with a NEXTSTAR aluminum enclosure with ESATA and a 1.5tb WD green drive. This cost me not even 100 bucks so its a great deal.
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