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PC Backup Drive or Unit

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by KathyM, Apr 26, 2004.

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  1. KathyM

    KathyM Thread Starter

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    I would like to purchase a backup unit for both of my computers running windows XP. One is an HP Pavilion and the other a Dell lap top. What product(s) would you recommend?
     
  2. CAPSLOCK

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    If you have the $$$ go with a USB Hard Drive.

    If not, use your CD Burner and backup your important files (each CD store's 700MB that's what I do)

    If you know how to hook up an IDE and 4 pin molex connector you could just purchase a internal hard drive, hook it up and transfer your files over as needed. I the information is really important, don't leave the power or IDE connected, because hard drives do fail.

    If you really want to, you could back up to DVD and buy a DVD burner. The drive's cost around $100 now (for a great one $200). The disks hold a TON of information (it depends on CD-R and CD+R, +R's Ive found hold more {I found out buring a movie}). You could backup a 20GB hard drive, that is full, on about 2 to 4 disks depending on what you buy and what you compress.
     
  3. JohnWill

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    The USB hard disk can actually be very cheap. I've seen deals on 200gig hard disks $99 after rebate, and Newegg has USB 2.0 hard disk cases for $30.
     
  4. KathyM

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    Thanks for your help. The USB hard disk sounds like the way to go.
     
  5. KathyM

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    FYI - thanks again for your help on the backup question. I talked to Maxtor after reviewing several products and ended up purchasing the A01B120 120GB external hard drive with Dantz backup software for $161 (free shipping). According to Maxtor, both PCs can be backed up to the same unit. I'll have to do some fiddling but the Maxtor on-line tech said they will walk me through the necessary modifications.
     
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