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I need an external hard drive today, help please!

Hi! So I experienced a near-total HD failure last night and nearly lost ALL of my data. I have managed to get the HD up and running but I don't trust it to last the weekend. I want to buy an external hard drive today to back everything up. 100 GB minimum, but more would be nice. I'd rather not break the bank if I can (around $150 is great). Since I need it today, I'm limited to Staples and Best Buy, unfortunately. Here are a few I have been considering:

Western Digital My Book 160GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1134698030419

Maxtor 100GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1134698319231

Maxtor OneTouch II 200GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1099386965391

I don't really need something to do automatic backups - I mainly want to backup all my digital pictures, music, documents, etc to the external hard drive.

Thank you so much!
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I would prefer a unit that also had Firewire.

Do you have a CompUSA, Circuit City or Office Depot around you?
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Originally Posted by X
I would prefer a unit that also had Firewire.

Do you have a CompUSA, Circuit City or Office Depot around you?
unfortunately no. is firewire a big deal? isnt' usb 2.0 just as fast?
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usb is slower. sata, I believe is faster than firewire. you could build one using an internal and an enclosure very easily for a lot less $$$
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Originally Posted by dick_grayson
usb is slower. sata, I believe is faster than firewire. you could build one using an internal and an enclosure very easily for a lot less $$$
I don't have the option of building one. I really need this ASAP - my HD is literally on its last legs and I need to backup my data now.
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Unless you already have a firewire port in your pc, I wouldn't bother with firewire; the firewire card would just be another expense for you.
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I have the Maxtor One Touch 200Gb and am satisfied with it. Simple and basic to use, just the thing for me. Comes with Retrospective software. Nothing fancy, but neither am I.
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USB 2.0 is noticeably slower but that's not my main concern. Some computer/drive USB connections just don't work that well. Having Firewire as well provides maximum compatibility.

My main computer's USB is very solid for some devices and flaky for others. I have a WD external drive that I need to use Firewire on with that computer but USB generally works fine on some other computers.
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Staples has this one for $100 after rebate:

http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/st...oductId=140842

Never heard of the brand but that probably doesn't matter all that much.
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Staples has this one for $100 after rebate:

http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/st...oductId=140842

Never heard of the brand but that probably doesn't matter all that much.
Out of stock at my local Staples stores, doh! Is USB 2.0 really that much of a problem? Will I encounter difficulity trying to play videos or music from a USB 2.0 drive? I don't have a firewire port on my computer, but I guess I could add one if need be. I read some negative reviews of the Maxtor external drives on Newegg and am currently considering the WD 160 GB drive for $130 at Best Buy. I might just grab it and back everything up. If it's really slow I can always buy a firewire drive and return it.
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what about this WD 160 for $180 with Firewire and USB? http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1130985130613

is this a better drive than the others?
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How much data do you have? Could you just burn it to DVD instead of running out to buy something?
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Originally Posted by BobDole42
Out of stock at my local Staples stores, doh! Is USB 2.0 really that much of a problem? Will I encounter difficulity trying to play videos or music from a USB 2.0 drive?
Try it out and see how it works. I wouldn't pay that much more for Firewire. (But then I probably wouldn't buy an enclosure that didn't have it either.)
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Originally Posted by bralph
How much data do you have? Could you just burn it to DVD instead of running out to buy something?
~60 gigs. I've been meaning to get an external hard drive for a while and this is the perfect time.
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Try it out and see how it works. I wouldn't pay that much more for Firewire. (But then I probably wouldn't buy an enclosure that didn't have it either.)
Thanks, X. I know I'm losing serious geek cred by buying this at best buy and being a bit impulsive, but I'm pretty paranoid about losing my data. Last night the drive was literally burning hot in my hands and I thought I had lost everything.
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I did two backups in the last month on two separate cmputers. Both on USB 2.0 external HDs. The transfer rate was about 1 GB/min.

My computer (Dell 700m notebook) did the 30 GB backup in 30 minutes.
My friend's computer (homemade desktop) did the 72 GB backup in just over an hour.

I don't think it matters too much these days what brand or type you get.

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