I want to buy an external hard drive. I want to use it for photos, music and small movie clips (home movies)! What would you all reccomend? Brand, storage size, cache size, and connections (USB, etc)?
You can save some money building it yourself. I just put together a Penguin case and Seagate HDD. It has both a USB and Firewire but I didn't really notice much of a diference betwenn the 2. newegg has a load of external enclosures
1. Definitely make sure it has an USB connection. If you paln to use it on a computer with a Firewire connection, get one with both. A lot of computers don't have firewire so with USB you'll be able to use it with any computer.
2. Make sure it has an external power supply other wise you might run into power issues if you just power through the USB.
As or assembling it, it is no diffent from installing a hard drive in a computer. I got a 300 GB ATA Seagate and saved about $30
I went to newegg.com for a external storage: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
That is firewire solution, inclues a 4 ports firewire card. Very good price for photo, movie, music archiving . But it is not good for my job. Finally I bought a eSATA storage from NORCOTEK directly. eSATA DS-1220 can handle all RAID calculations itself via hardware