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Cameras and Photography: 500G External Hard Drive (for a few days)

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Floridian
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)


July 2, 2008
1:11 PM

Post #5192246

Western Digital for $85. at ecost.com

http://view.ecostemail.com/?j=fe9511727261007c77&m=fefc1771766301&ls=fdf71570766104747212717d
JoanMN
Pine City, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2008
9:45 PM

Post #5194550

I just ordered one yesterday from Newegg, $80.00.
For the second time, one of my external hard drives failed.
Floridian
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)


July 3, 2008
9:46 PM

Post #5200056

Hi Joan, Do you know why your EHDs fail? That would be awful! So far so good on all of mine.

Stacey
JoanMN
Pine City, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 4, 2008
12:12 PM

Post #5202359

No. I had an internal one fail some years ago, so now I also use two external ones. The one that failed this week, I can hear it making noises, like a scratched record (remember those?).
dividedsky
Indianapolis, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2008
8:06 PM

Post #5219161

I'm looking into getting an external as well and worried about failure. I was advised to plug it in only when I'm using it; otherwise, keep it turned off. Another person advised me to make sure that I get one with a fan - and a lot of them I've looked at are completely enclosed, no fan. I guess the biggest problem with these is heat. Did you have yours on a lot?
JoanMN
Pine City, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 9, 2008
4:01 AM

Post #5227721

I had mine on all the time. They were both Western Digital, so this time I got a different brand. It's says it runs so cool, it doesn't need a fan.
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 13, 2008
8:10 PM

Post #5252935

Mine is Western Digital, but I disconnect it when I am not doing a back-up, although I didn't at the beginning. Then I realized that if a lightning storm got to my computer, it would hit my external HD too, and what good was the back-up then...
snipe
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 15, 2008
9:08 PM

Post #5264472

Question What is the purpose of an external hard drive? I have started doing movie videos and after about 350 images the machine begins to bog down and get sluggish. Will an external drive help with this?
Floridian
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)


July 15, 2008
9:46 PM

Post #5264612

Saving photos and videos and any other things that uses up your computer space can be saved to an EHD. My pictures and documents are backed up there to be safe in the event of a computer crash and to keep from bogging down my computer.

Luckily I have not experienced an EHD failure but I have lost a couple of computers...one to age and one knocked off my desk during remodeling. I'm using my laptop now and just got a warning that I was running short of disc space. I'll be offloading some photo folders tonight.

I also keep copies of the photo programs I use that do not have discs. I'll never just download from a site again...I'll always buy the disk...lesson learned. Luckily my husband is good at disc recovery so I've never lost much

I'm waiting on TB sized EHDs to become more reasonable LOL I'll also only buy an EHD that has an on/off switch but that is finally becoming standard

Stacey

snipe
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 16, 2008
1:15 PM

Post #5267776

Thanks for the info. The video programs I run now are murderous on both my computers and those programs aren't large enough to handle what I would like to do so I will be getting larger programs.

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