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I wish to purchase a 4tb hard drive and install it in an external drive cage for connection to different computers. What specifications do I need to be concerned with with regard to the hardware involved?:bounce:

My main computer is an HP Pavilion a4310f, but wish the ability to connect it to "lesser" computers.

What hard drive specs should I be concerned about?:??:

I have investigated the "cloud" and have serious doubts about storing my data somewhere else. Prefer to keep it at home.

any input would be appreciated. :na:

Thanx
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    How about just buying a 4tb external drive? Usually its cheaper than buying a hard drive and then a separate enclosure.
  2. I guess it depends on what future plans you might have for such a drive. Although my general consensus on the matter is the same as Bob Hays' in that why not just buy a 4TB external drive.

    I wouldn't trust a cloud with my data for any reason, sensitive or insensitive.

    If it's going to be an external drive that big I'd make sure that it is at least USB 3.0 and 5400RPM or greater for ideal IO conditions.
  3. bob hays said:
    How about just buying a 4tb external drive? Usually its cheaper than buying a hard drive and then a separate enclosure.


    I agree that a stand alone external 4TB storage drive would be better. This would enable accessing these files from one computer to another and take up very little space on my "desktop" (ie the top of my desk).:D

    However, I still require information on what computer specs are required to run such a huge hard drive (SATA of course). :??:

    Grats. :D
  4. However, I must now consider how I am going to back up a 4TB hard drive.
  5. Any computer can run a 4tb external drive as long as it has a usb port and isn't super outdated (before xp).
  6. You have answered my query.
    A 4TB external SATA drive is what I should choose.

    Perhaps I will require a second 4TB drive to back it up. Lots of time for that consideration.

    Thanx again. :D
  7. I have a 4TB external drive on the way from Amazon.
    Must now decide on the best backup software for my purpose.
    Not many mention the backup of several storage drives to a single backup drive.
    "Clonezilla" has been mentioned as the best choice.
    Am now considering this possibility.
    bob hays said:
    Any computer can run a 4tb external drive as long as it has a usb port and isn't super outdated (before xp).
  8. padyboy said:
    I have a 4TB external drive on the way from Amazon.
    Must now decide on the best backup software for my purpose.
    Not many mention the backup of several storage drives to a single backup drive.
    "Clonezilla" has been mentioned as the best choice.
    Am now considering this possibility.
    bob hays said:
    Any computer can run a 4tb external drive as long as it has a usb port and isn't super outdated (before xp).




    Depending on the drive you ordered it might come with back up software. Western Digital sometimes bundles their drives with a great back up software (i forgot the name) that you can use. I'm sure seagate also has a good solution but my last drive was WD so I don't remember much about seagates.
  9. There was no software mentioned in the ad for this drive.

    Will have to await its arrival.

    Once again, I am grateful for your input.:D
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