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External Hard Drive advice needed

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Saunders, Aug 12, 2018.

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  1. Saunders

    Saunders Thread Starter

    Dec 12, 2011
    I need to get rid of some of my computers/laptops and want to get a hard drive to use both as back up and also to consolidate all my old files to a single drive. I have an old Dell Desktop with a legacy USB (1.0?), Windows XP, and a Linux partition and was wondering what would be the best hard drive to get since they all seem to use 3.0 now.

    Also, once I have the hard drive, what would be the best way to consolidate given the USB issue?

    I also have a zip drive, and two unused laptops (I'm going to convert one to a linux machine.) My current laptop is an Acer Aspire V3-571G-6407, which will need the regular backup.

    I'm not able to use sysinfo.
  2. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor

    May 25, 2005
    I like to build my own external HDDs
    I like these USB3 Enclosures .... (Backwards Compatible)
    Then I get a high quality HDD, Western Digital Black Series (with a 5yr warranty)

    You don't know what quality you get in pre-made off-the-shelf externals.

    Single drive ???? ... I'd get at least two.
    Any file you don't care about loosing, is a file you only have one copy of.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2018
  3. managed

    managed Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    May 24, 2003
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    USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.0 and 1.0; it will just be slower.

    What Dell laptop is it ? Post the service tag if it's visible on the bottom or in the bios.
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