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Offline neilep

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« on: 28/08/2008 21:01:10 »
Dear All,

Just my luck !....my friggin external hard drive just packed up on me !..it's dead !

..I need it bad ..it has all my porn erhmmm..backed up files on it !!

It's a Plextor so I will NOT be buying one of those again.....checking Amazon and there's hundreds of the buggers !

I only have a crappy weak and dainty 2.5 year old laptop !

Any recommendations for a new external hard drive would be most welcome.....something reliable !!...

Prepared to spend £50+ and anything above 40gig would be great...though, I can see there are many with 500gig plus !!
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« Reply #1 on: 28/08/2008 21:36:05 »
I noticed Tesco had a 120GB external drive for £30...
http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.202-8098.aspx

Also a 500GB for £60...
http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.203-0809.aspx

Can't comment about reliability though.
« Last Edit: 28/08/2008 21:59:23 by RD »

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« Reply #2 on: 28/08/2008 21:47:56 »
Cool......AND I get clubcard points too !

Thanks RD

checking around a bit seems to reveal some good reviews !!

nice !!
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« Reply #3 on: 28/08/2008 23:59:35 »
sorry for your computer problems!

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« Reply #4 on: 29/08/2008 00:05:30 »
Actually, Plextor is usually pretty solid stuff.  The only drive companies I totally avoid these days are iomega and liteon (having had several drives from both companies crap out in less than a couple of years).
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« Reply #5 on: 29/08/2008 02:15:01 »
sorry for your computer problems!

Thanks Karen.
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« Reply #6 on: 29/08/2008 02:18:13 »
Actually, Plextor is usually pretty solid stuff.  The only drive companies I totally avoid these days are iomega and liteon (having had several drives from both companies crap out in less than a couple of years).

Thanks LeeE, you're right of course. It was in fact a good review that led me to buy the one I had. I'm just a little upset and probably should not take it out on the entire brand !

I also fully agree with you about Iomega....I've been through a few of those before, back in the days when they were really the only choice.
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« Reply #7 on: 29/08/2008 07:11:49 »
sorry for your computer problems!

Thanks Karen.

welcome.. will you be able to transfer information to a new one.. I have the iomega a couple years old..used it one time never used it again...It just sits on the shelf! lol... Want it?

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« Reply #8 on: 30/08/2008 13:48:37 »
If you're really concerned about backing up your data, as you should be - it's easy to replace broken hardware but your data can be irreplaceable - you could consider setting up a cheapo, low power back up system.  You wouldn't need much ram, graphics or processing power - just stick a couple of large drives in it, mirror them using raid1 (using software raid if necessary), and periodically copy your data on to it via a lan connection, or even via thumb-drives.  Don't use it for anything else.
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« Reply #9 on: 30/08/2008 18:19:23 »
Down under we like these new factory via the net direct outlets, of which their most popular items are hard drives. Try a UK Google of factory direct, or internet sales... to find something like www.oo.com.au ...
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« Reply #10 on: 31/08/2008 09:27:45 »
If you're really concerned about backing up your data, as you should be - it's easy to replace broken hardware but your data can be irreplaceable - you could consider setting up a cheapo, low power back up system.  You wouldn't need much ram, graphics or processing power - just stick a couple of large drives in it, mirror them using raid1 (using software raid if necessary), and periodically copy your data on to it via a lan connection, or even via thumb-drives.  Don't use it for anything else.

I don't have a clue of how to back up my data at all!

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« Reply #11 on: 31/08/2008 13:00:22 »
Karen W: Backing up your data means copying it to somewhere else so that if your disk drive breaks you can copy it back again once you've had it replaced.  If your computer has a DVD burner you can copy your data to DVD.  Your data is probably all in the 'My this, that and the other' folders.  Have a look at the 'Properties' for those folders to see how big they are, then you can work out how many DVDs you'll need to backup everything.

Depending on what DVD-burning software you use, it may give you an option to back up your data, or you might just have to create a data DVD, specifying your 'My Documents' etc. folders as the data.
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« Reply #12 on: 31/08/2008 13:06:13 »
Hi Guys you need to get yourself a Drobo, it's a hard drive robot that auto backs-up so if one disk fails your still ok
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« Reply #13 on: 31/08/2008 18:04:38 »
If you're really concerned about backing up your data, as you should be - it's easy to replace broken hardware but your data can be irreplaceable - you could consider setting up a cheapo, low power back up system.  You wouldn't need much ram, graphics or processing power - just stick a couple of large drives in it, mirror them using raid1 (using software raid if necessary), and periodically copy your data on to it via a lan connection, or even via thumb-drives.  Don't use it for anything else.

This is a great idea LeeE for which I am grateful for. I do in fact have an ancient Dell laptop (in fact I'm using it to write this) and regularly do use it as a back up....so....well done that man and thanks again.

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« Reply #14 on: 15/02/2010 12:14:09 »
Few days ago i was also backing up all of my data to my external hard drive at the end of every day,so I started using the Acronis True Image Home software to do so. I made the first backup yesterday, which understandably took a long time. But now I'm running the first daily backup, as a test, and it says it'll take 4 hours to finish!.So due to all these difficulties i quit  Acronis & now i am using newbielink:http://www.magicbackup.com/ [nonactive] online service & really it's great. Magic Backup is so easy to use, and so reliable.  Unlike other backup products that perform "scheduled" backups during the middle of the night, Magic Backup is always on the lookout for new or changed files that need to be backed up.So i suggest you to use this backup program instead of buying hard disk.
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« Reply #15 on: 15/02/2010 16:32:41 »
I see one drawback to on line backup, some ISP providers ration you to how many GB's you can send each month (such as my sons in Brisbane) and it would be very easy to waste it all at the beginning of the month backing up an unimportant movie.
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« Reply #16 on: 15/02/2010 16:36:10 »
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Some drives pack up because electronics circuit board fails, it is quite possible to replace these if you can find a similar and worth trying.
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« Reply #17 on: 15/02/2010 17:47:54 »
I use a little NAS (Network Attached Storage) server. It has two drives and is set up to mirror copy everything. If one drive blows up, the other will always have a copy. The trick is to keep all your data files on the NAS rather than on the hard drives in your computers. That way you can access any files from any computer, and if you get a new computer, you don't have to copy everything on to it and end up with boat loads of redundant data.

You can also set it up so you can access all your files across the Internet, but I don't recommend you do that.
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« Reply #18 on: 15/02/2010 22:21:58 »
One thing to consider is that 2.5inch external drives are based upon 'laptop' drives which are generally more robust against mechanical abuse.

Higher-capacity external drives based upon the 3.5inch form-factor are built on 3.5inch drives intended for desktop computers which aren't moved. External drives of 3.5inch type should not be regarded as portable, and should be handled with care.


Smaller drives take power from your computer's USB port, and if the USB port is under-powered can lead to reliability issues. The 3.5inch drives usually have a separate 'wall wart' power supply so don't drain the USB.


If the data on your damaged drive was important, you can try the SpinRite utility from grc.com   It does cost, but has a very good reputation.
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« Reply #19 on: 16/02/2010 11:33:22 »
Just want to thank ewe all for your continues suggestions. It was in fact August 2008 when I asked the question and the situation is now happily resolved, I ended buying an external hard drive and also enjoy using Google Docs...I just love " cloud Computing"

Thanks again all.
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« Reply #20 on: 16/02/2010 17:51:49 »
It seems that newbie Lavergne awakened this thread from its slumbers in cyber space and many correspondents did not notice the original date.
It has its good side I have acquired a copy of SpinRite and I am now looking for some beat up old drives to try and resurrect.
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