View Full Version : Need an external backup and USB drive

01-15-07, 03:03 AM
So the girl is looking to get an external HD backup system and a USB drive for carrying data back and forth from school/work. I have never had an external drive/backup box nor a USB drive, so I turn to my fellow geeks.

Personally I think it would be better to get an enclore by itself and then put in my own drive vs the ones that seem to come sealed up with drive included.

Now she doesn't need alot of space (it would all probably fit on a CD to be honest) and speed isn't all that important. Nor does it need to be all that secure. Honestly I just need a GOOD cheap suggestion on both items.

Any links to current deals would be great also.


01-15-07, 03:42 AM
I would just go to newegg and get one ,I would get a USB port one and one that is 7200 for faster speed.It just comes down to how much you want to spend and how big you want it to be.
to a pocket size one that is USB and powered by the USB

01-15-07, 03:58 PM
Well, pfffft. I could have done that! :P

What I mean is, does anyone have any SUGGESTIONS. Like brand/model. What to look for and what to avoid.

01-15-07, 04:35 PM
For a small sized portable device, get a 2.5" laptop drive and a USB enclosure.

I have a samsung spinpoint M 40gb in one of these:

The 60Gb model of the samsung drive is only $10 more now though, so I'd recommend that.

With that enclosure and that drive you don't need a powersource (its powered through the USB ports) and its pretty fast considering its a laptop drive running through USB. On top of that its tiny (slim enough to fit in a pocket) and it looks cool.

You could have a portable 60gig drive for $65. Hows that sound? :p

EDIT: Also, unless the system you're using it on is windows 9x, its driver free. Just plug it in, copy, and unplug. And even for windows 9x it comes with a minidisk for drivers.