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External Hard Drive For Backing Up Data


I need a get an external hard drive, one that most preferably plugs into the usb port to backup some important stuff primarely my database information from my website. I dont know alot about external hard drives, is there a brand thats known to be good and will last? Or more importantly a brand that sells cheapo external hard drives (to stay away from).

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Backing Up Files To An External Drive

I was just wondering what most people do? This is mainly going to be important docs and pictures. Should i use zip archives? Just use regular folders and add as needed? I have acronis true image home 2009 so i could set that up for my pictures library, however, i will probably keep the external in a fire box when not in use. I'm just starting to realize i have too many pictures(family, baby, first home, etc. ) That are located on a single drive, kinda scary.

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Can anyone recommend one or the other? Or one not listed?


Posted On: 09-27-2009, 11:10 AM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: May 16th, 2005, 11:00 PM . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

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I have an external 500gb free agent hard drive. Was plugged into sony while i attempted vaio recovery. Vaio recovery failed. I unplugged the external drive and the recovery ran fine. Now i plug in drive and it does not auto detect on any machine, but if you go to disk management it shows but gives you no options to format, assign drive letter etc. Only shows help option. Does list drive and free space so i know data is on there. One thing i noticed was that it does say eisa configured. We ripped the enclosure apart to reveal a sata drive, plugged in direct, same thing. I need to get the data off this drive. If i cant get the data, how do i at least format to make it recognizable again?

Posted On: April 5th, 2008, 07:44 PM . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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Posted On: 09-11-2009, 11:33 AM . View Related Posts . . View 19 Replies .

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I just recently got a 1tb western digital hard drive and have been using it with a sata to usb adapter for external storage. It was working fine for a few days, but now, the drive will not show up at all when plugged in. When it is plugged in, windows will not respond, most system functions fail to run even though i can still use the system outside of those functions. At first, i was still able to see the partition drive letter listed in my computers, but it listed no size for the drive, and i couldn't explore it. I tried running a chkdsk command and it did make some repairs, but it couldn't complete part of the repair because it claiming there wasn't sufficient space to do so. I have moved a lot of data to the drive, but i know it wasn't even half full. Ive been trying various apps to retrieve the data, but so far nothing can see the drive to do anything with it. My latest attempt is getdataback. When the app tries to scan for drives, i get an error saying: windows - drive not ready / exception processing message. Any other suggestions as to what i should try next? Any other good apps for trying to either retrieve the data or repair the drive issue? I will try to hook the drive up internally next, but i did trying hooking it up to esata, but that didn't allow access either.

Posted On: 10-11-2009, 10:42 PM . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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Posted On: 02-05-2010, 10:13 AM . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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Posted On: 08-16-2009, 07:53 PM . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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Pc: dell dimension 4400
Os: win xp home
External hard drive: maxtor one touch 250

Bought in march, worked fine until two weeks ago. I turned off my computer for the night, turned it on in the morning and received these messages:

**Not accessible, the parameter is incorrect**
**The request could not be performed because of an i/o device error. **

The drive icon does show, the drivers , etc are all there and windows tells me they are operating fine. I have already spoken with maxtor and they were absolutely of no help. Other than wanting to reformat the hard drive . Which is out of the question. (I have 5 years of work stored in that hd, personal, legal and business) and must find a way to retrieve it. (Will not make personal comments about their support or policies. ) Grrrrrrrr. I have spoken to teckie types and tried several suggestions. None helped so far. I'm desperate, and would appreciate any expertise. And, if someone knows of an inexpensive recovery program. The data is all there, it was not deleted. I simply can not unlock the door.


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