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    Hi anyone know of a good external hard drive. Never bought one before so help would be appreciated please

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    External hard drives come in two types.

    3.5" (desktop size) drives need mains power to drive them so you need to be near a mains socket to use them.

    2.5" (laptop size), also known as portable, get their power from the USB socket so can be used anywhere, even if there is no mains power around.

    Generally 3.5" drives are better value, you can get a 3.5" size 1Tb disk for the same price as a 2.5" size 500Gb drive.

    Of course with 2.5" drives you gain the portability.

    3.5" drives come in 500gb, 1Tb, 1.5Tb and 2Tb. I would not bother with a 500Gb so go for a 1Tb (at least). A 1Tb drive should cost arounf £50-£60.

    2.5" come in various sizes such as 250Gb, 320Gb, 500Gb and even now 1Tb. A 500Gb will cost you about £50.

    There is not much difference between them all, it is just a hard disk inside a case.

    I have a couple of Western Digital (WD) that I have been very happy with, but there are many other makes (Seagate, Iomega etc)
    Edited by: "guilbert53" 9th Dec 2010

    What size are you after?

    1.5TB here

    Original Poster

    no idea - just need one incase my computer breaks down as it is making funny noises at the moment. Have some pictures but not hundreds and a few documents. any help will be appreciated - sorry for sounding dim !!!!

    Original Poster

    have heard of the 1 click ones that works when you turn the computer on and is used through the usb. are these any good

    lyndaanddave

    have heard of the 1 click ones that works when you turn the computer on … have heard of the 1 click ones that works when you turn the computer on and is used through the usb. are these any good



    They are a rip off.

    You are much better off getting a standard hard drive, then getting some free backup software.

    If you have only a few photos etc... email them to yourself. That way they are safe no matter what happens.

    If your hard drive has started clicking etc... It won't be long before it lets you down.
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