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February 26, 2010 4:15:10 PM

i need help with finding a good portable hardrive between 705 GB and 1TB. Is this a good portable hardrive?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a c 415 G Storage
February 26, 2010 4:58:57 PM

By "portable hard drive" do you mean a compact 2.5" drive? If so, the one you linked to is a "desktop"-sized 3.5" drive.

There aren't too many 750GB/1TB drives in the 2.5" form factor yet. Here's one by Western Digital: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 26, 2010 5:48:55 PM

yes i am looking for just a seperate hardrive that will sit next to my computer for more space, than i can copy all my files to so that i can have a backup of all my files.
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a c 415 G Storage
February 26, 2010 7:53:01 PM

If the physical dimensions of the drive aren't too much of an issue then the one you linked to is probably fine. If you're planning to connect the drive via USB (allows longer cables than eSATA) then you might think about looking for a USB 3.0 drive. That would make the drive more future-proof even if your system doesn't currently handle USB 3.0.
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February 27, 2010 1:26:28 AM

when you refer to future proof, do you mean it will last like 2-3 years without needing to be updated?
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a c 415 G Storage
February 27, 2010 4:57:32 AM

Basically, yes. USB 3.0 has much faster transfer rates than USB 2.0, so if you buy a USB 2.0 drive now you may risk getting the itch to switch to a drive with a faster connection a year or two down the line.

Note that a USB 3.0 drive will still work at USB 2.0 speeds if you connect it to a computer that only has USB 2.0 ports on it. So if you don't have USB 3.0 ports on your computer today, then you won't see any difference today. But you will see a significant difference if you use the drive with a new computer in the future or if you spend perhaps $40 to $50 to buy a USB 3.0 adapter card for your existing computer.

If you plan to use eSATA instead of USB then it may be a non-issue, since eSATA (like USB 3.0) is a lot faster than the drive itself is capable of anyway. But eSATA has cable length restrictions (24" if I recall correctly) that may be too limiting for you.
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April 5, 2011 6:03:17 AM

yes i am looking for just a seperate hardrive that will sit next to my computer for more space, than i can copy all my files to so that i can have a backup of all my files.
western digital my passport essential 1tb
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