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Need Opinions: Using an External Drive as Primary Storage

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August 29, 2012 8:49:08 PM

So recently I've found myself working between multiple computers and laptops and one thing that really annoys me is when I need a file that is on one computer but isn't on another.

What I want to do is get a external hard drive ( I'm looking at this one ) and have all my files on it so I have all my files where ever I go.

I also plan on replacing the hard drives in each of my computers with a low capacity solid state (less then 60GB) for the operating system.

Would you be against a setup like this? Is there anything wrong with the external drive I selected? Could I install programs on the external or should that be on the internal?

If you can help me list the pros and cons about a setup like this, that would be appreciated.
a b G Storage
August 29, 2012 9:03:35 PM

never trust an external drive to hold your data. they go bad, data goes bye-bye. why not setup a home server.
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August 29, 2012 9:11:13 PM

daswilhelm said:
never trust an external drive to hold your data. they go bad, data goes bye-bye. why not setup a home server.

Not all these computers are at home. I suppose I could get a second drive to back up my files.

Other than the risk of the hard drive going bad, can you think of any other cons?
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a b G Storage
August 29, 2012 9:19:31 PM

home server would be reachable from anywhere on the net.

cant really think of any other risks when it comes to data storage, you want your data to be safe, more than anything.
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August 29, 2012 9:47:37 PM

daswilhelm said:
home server would be reachable from anywhere on the net.

cant really think of any other risks when it comes to data storage, you want your data to be safe, more than anything.

My mistake, I read that as home group. The issue with setting up a home server is bandwidth usage, I only have 50 GB a month.
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a b G Storage
August 29, 2012 9:49:31 PM

50gb per month? who is your provider?
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August 29, 2012 9:50:16 PM

daswilhelm said:
50gb per month? who is your provider?

Bell.

I'm in Canada.
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a b G Storage
August 29, 2012 9:51:39 PM

oh. sorry.
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a c 86 G Storage
August 29, 2012 9:55:19 PM

A home server sits in your home on your network. The bandwidth between pc's and your server(data) stays inside your house, and never goes out to the ISP's network(wan), so how are they going to charge you for this bandwidth.

I didn't read it all - forget my post.
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a b G Storage
August 29, 2012 9:56:29 PM

for when he is NOT at home, and wants to access data remotely.
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