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External Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by zookre, Feb 10, 2005.

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  1. zookre

    zookre Thread Starter

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    I am running out of space in my puter and I am thinking of getting an external hard drive. can i use the external drive to run programs or can it only be used for storage? I take alot of digital photos and need room for them, I do back them up on a cd but like to have them available on hard drive also. I only have usb 1.1 and can't put in usb 2.0 because usb on my machine is part of motherboard.
     
  2. Triple6

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    If you want to use an external hard drive you really should get USB 2.0. With USB 1.1 it be really slow. As for programs, I wouldn't install programs on an external drive but use it for storing data but you can install programs on it if you wish.

    Even with USB 2.0 an external drive will be slower then an internal drive and externals are more expensive as well.

    It doesn't matter that you have USB 1.1 ports on the motherboard; you can still add a PCI USB 2.0 card to give you the faster speeds. You onboard USB will still work at USB 1.1.

    The difference in speed between USB 1.1 and USB is quite significant: 12Mb/s vs 480Mb/s.

    Here's a USB 2.0 card: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=15-124-007&depa=0
     
  3. zookre

    zookre Thread Starter

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    thanks for the reply, I will have to open up my puter and see if I have a open slot to put another card in but I don't think I do.
     
  4. johnni

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    I have been using a USB2 40gb ext. hd for a year with USB 1 and I find it works quite fast. Of course I am not trying to fill the whole disk in one go, but it never keeps me waiting, and I am not intending to go to USB2.
    Go for it and if necessary upgrade.

    johnni
     
  5. JohnWill

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    As long as you only copy 10-20 megabytes at a shot to the drive, USB 1.1 will work fine. OTOH, I do backups to my USB/Firewire drives, so I copy gigabytes at a shot. Doing that with USB 1.1 would be very painful! Copying a 5 gigabyte image to a USB 1.1 drive would take an hour and a half, no thanks! :)
     
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