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Old 01-01-2006, 16:24
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Hello

Can anyone recommend a cheap way to save 120GB worth of files, I currently have them on DVD-r but don't want all my files in one place.
They mean so much to me.

Is there a good external hardrive, like a USB one or something?

Thanks ever so
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Old 01-01-2006, 16:36
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There are various external HDD that you can get.

Having a flick through the misco catalogue I got yesterday:
You can get a 'buffalo usb2 2.5" portable storage drive with 120gb capacity for 72 + vat.

Have a look on their website/ebuyer/scan. There are so many options available that it really comes down to personal preference.

If you were to go down the external hdd route, I would personally get something made by western digital or seagate.
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Old 01-01-2006, 16:39
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Thank you for your quick informative reply
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Old 01-01-2006, 16:41
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I think HDD's will carry on selling until Blu-Ray discs are released halfway through this year. I'm sort of thinking about getting a USB 2 HDD really..because the Blu-Ray discs might be a bit flimsy when storing the discs with stuff.
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Old 01-01-2006, 21:04
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Um, if it's just for backup, have you considered using magnetic tape?
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Old 01-01-2006, 21:07
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Originally Posted by pcfreeviewer
Um, if it's just for backup, have you considered using magnetic tape?
120GB on tape isn't the cheapest way though.
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Old 01-01-2006, 21:57
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If you have 120'GB' of data you won't fit it on a 120GB hard disk. This is because when Windows counts up file sizes it counts in binary Gigabytes (correctly called GiBibytes) and hard disk vendors use decimal gigabytes (correctly called Gigabytes). Hence all file sizes reported by windows are labelled incorrectly (the suffix should be GiB not GB).

120GiB = 128,849,018,880 bytes
120GB = 120,000,000,000 bytes

So you would need a 129GB or larger disk to fit all your files on. The sweet spot for drives going on price per GB is either 200 or 250GB anyway - so may as well get a bigger disk.
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Old 01-01-2006, 23:00
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Thank you everyone for the information.

Yes I would make sure if I got an external drive I woul dget one about 150gb - but I am thinking whether or not it is just worth waiting a while till new technology comes along like the blu ray disks and they get lower in price, I dont think it is worth getting a dual layered disk writer.

I have never heard of magnetic tape for storage??
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Old 02-01-2006, 00:09
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I have never heard of magnetic tape for storage??
Tape is mainly used by companies to back up data on their servers, and the drives and tapes cost quite a bit, and many home users probably haven't heard of it anyway.

To those of you who work in IT - do they still use tape anymore? Or is it old hat these days?

Another useless fact: tape was used in the olden days alot when memory, hard drives and floppies were not invented/expensive. Computer games many years ago used cassette tapes for data storage.
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Old 02-01-2006, 00:24
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Originally Posted by dslrocks
Tape is mainly used by companies to back up data on their servers, and the drives and tapes cost quite a bit, and many home users probably haven't heard of it anyway.

To those of you who work in IT - do they still use tape anymore? Or is it old hat these days?

Another useless fact: tape was used in the olden days alot when memory, hard drives and floppies were not invented/expensive. Computer games many years ago used cassette tapes for data storage.
Ooops now I know what they are - they use them at work, put tapes in slots for each server and do a back up each day!

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Old 02-01-2006, 00:36
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Originally Posted by potatolegs
Thank you everyone for the information.

Yes I would make sure if I got an external drive I woul dget one about 150gb - but I am thinking whether or not it is just worth waiting a while till new technology comes along like the blu ray disks and they get lower in price, I dont think it is worth getting a dual layered disk writer.

I have never heard of magnetic tape for storage??
Thanks again all
Don't wait if the files are important to you, blue ray discs are only 25GB or 50 GB in Dual layer and a wrter will cost a packet.
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Old 02-01-2006, 00:43
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Originally Posted by dslrocks
To those of you who work in IT - do they still use tape anymore? Or is it old hat these days?
Yes .. absolutely they do..

Tape sizes are up to 400Gb or more with AIT and Ultrium but the tapes cost a bit and the drives are very expensive, especially as they need quality SCSI or Fibre Channel cards to run them..

Tapes are fantastic for huge amounts of storage. The downside is that data on tape is nowhere near as accessible as it is on disc.

There are ways around it but you have to be more disciplined to make sure all your data is properly backed up, and to maintain a full cycle you need a lot of tapes which can cost a lot of money..

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Old 02-01-2006, 01:07
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Computer games many years ago used cassette tapes for data storage.

Yes I remember it well, going to Boots (!) and buying Commodore games on cassette for 5 then watching the screen flash stripey colours while it loaded for 5 mins, great days!
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Old 02-01-2006, 10:51
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Originally Posted by potatolegs
Hello

Can anyone recommend a cheap way to save 120GB worth of files, I currently have them on DVD-r but don't want all my files in one place.
They mean so much to me.

Is there a good external hardrive, like a USB one or something?

Thanks ever so
Potatospace
if you have a DVD burner then take a second copy and keep them somewhere else is probably the cheapest way.

alternatively buy an external HHD enclosure - such as Link and a 160/200G HDD (total cost about 85)
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Old 02-01-2006, 12:32
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Hell just remembered..........even Blu-Ray won't be as much as 120GB. Completely forgot about that
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Old 02-01-2006, 15:25
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You've got a Mac, right?

Get an external 200-250gb drive with Firewire. You can back stuff up quickly onto it AND boot (startup) from it if necessary.

You can't boot from a USB2 drive.

I like the Lacie models or if you're confident with electronics, build your one. Get a FireWire case and drop a Seagate into it and you're sorted!

Besides, if the files mean that much to you, don't go for cheap go for reliable.
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Old 02-01-2006, 15:27
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Originally Posted by pixel princess
You've got a Mac, right?

Get an external 200-250gb drive with Firewire. You can back stuff up quickly onto it AND boot (startup) from it if necessary.

You can't boot from a USB2 drive.

I like the Lacie models or if you're confident with electronics, build your one. Get a FireWire case and drop a Seagate into it and you're sorted!
Yes I do have a Mac

Any reccomendations of firewire ones?
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Old 02-01-2006, 15:32
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Originally Posted by potatolegs
Yes I do have a Mac

Any reccomendations of firewire ones?
Can you afford something like this?

http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=3TV4

Triple interface USB2, FW400 & 800 as well. FW400 & FW800 will give you far faster sustained write speeds than USB2.

What kind of Mac do you have?
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Old 02-01-2006, 15:34
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Just been given a Lacie 250GB Firewire unit. Works a treat with my Mac and PC (via a 4 pin firewire adaptor). Also have it daisy chained to an external firewire/usb DVD writer and have experienced no problems.

Not 100% sure, but I do remember reading somewhere that although USB2 devices have a slightly faster burst transfer rate their sustained transfer rate is not as high as that of Firewire.
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Old 02-01-2006, 15:37
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Originally Posted by pixel princess
Can you afford something like this?

http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=3TV4

Triple interface USB2, FW400 & 800 as well. FW400 & FW800 will give you far faster sustained write speeds than USB2.

What kind of Mac do you have?
I have an IMAC G5 20', it does have 230GB free space but I dont wanna put it all on my computer yet as there have been a problem with it.
Thanks for the link - its just a shame I am a bit poor at the moment cant afford anything much.
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Old 02-01-2006, 15:40
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Problems with your Mac? See my PM.
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Old 02-01-2006, 16:12
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Originally Posted by potatolegs
Hello

Can anyone recommend a cheap way to save 120GB worth of files, I currently have them on DVD-r but don't want all my files in one place.
They mean so much to me.

Is there a good external hardrive, like a USB one or something?

Thanks ever so
Potatospace
Allowing extra space for the future, you could go for this one for under 144.

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...=95660&_LOC=UK

320 Gb (that's 45p per Gb) , with High Speed USB and Firewire.
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Old 02-01-2006, 16:44
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Originally Posted by Jean Luc Picard
Allowing extra space for the future, you could go for this one for under 144.

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...=95660&_LOC=UK

320 Gb (that's 45p per Gb) , with High Speed USB and Firewire.
Or you could by this WD3200JB at 88.6 + IcyBox IB350UE-BL at 23 for 123.5 + delivery + 5 mins putting together and have the same thing
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Old 02-01-2006, 20:43
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This 250GB external hard drive looks like a bargin at 99.99 from Staples: here.

Or this is a 200GB drive for a tenner less: here.


Paul.
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Old 02-01-2006, 20:44
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Am i missing something?

I thought the cheapest way to store this much data would be to buy a internal 150 - 200Gb hard drive?
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