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Internal Or External Hard Drive For Storage ?


Currently i have a thermaltake black x docking station and used my samsung 1tb drive on it that just died on me. I am looking to replace my broken drive but wanted to maybe ask if going external hard drive is more safe or better then going internal drive on a docking bay.

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Wd External Hard Drive - Can I Make It Internal ?

So, if i buy an external hard drive. Can i take it apart and use it as an internal drive if i need to? This is the model, western digital 1tb usb 2. 0 my book essential external hard drive, just asking.

Posted On: 05-20-2009, 10:48 PM . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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Well i got the bright idea to remove a non working dvd drive and place it in it's bay. It uses the same type of data and power wires. Now everything boots up fine but my pc isn't recognizing it. I didn't know if i had to hunt down a new driver or if what i did was points. I am good on pcs but when it gets to hardware, i don't have more experience than simple parts upgrade installs. Any suggestions besides buying a new hard drive?


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Or do i need to establish folder for groups of files? The files are a mix of photos, music, and doc files. I do not want to foul this up and lose everything i have in the process. I tried this once before when i had to reinstall xp home and found subsequently that i could not access the files i had sent to floppies.


Posted On: Feb 27, 04 at 1:11pm . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Maxtor Personal Storage 3200 160gb External Hard Drive

I just have 2 questions about this external hdd from maxtor coz i am intending 2 buy an external hdd:

1) does it has an on/off switch ? So that i can open/close it without having 2 disconnect the usb cable

2) what about its reputation ? Is it really a nice choice ? Or i should opt 4 another brand.


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Posted On: 03-31-2009, 02:42 AM . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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My asus p5b-3 mobo has internal connections for 2 sata drives and 1 pata drive. I currently have a wd 74 gb raptor (sata) used for os and programs, a samsung 320 gb (sata) for data, and a 300 gb seagate (ide) for backup. The seagate is just about full so i'm looking to replace it. The biggest internal ide drive i see on newegg is a wd caviar blue 500 gb drive. (3 year warranty) ~ $88 w/shipping. The external drives go well beyond what i need in terms of storage capacity. But i am concerned about heat failure issues. I've had problems with drives in an external enclosure fail before. Which i think was related to heat issues. But that was a 3. 5" drive in an external enclosure. Perhaps the 2. 5" drives connected by usb/firewire do not run so warm. I don't know. My p5b-e mobo has an external firewire port. From a performance and durability perspective, would i be better served by an internal ide drive or an external usb or firewire drive? Maybe a 2. 5" laptop drive in an external enclosure? I think that would run cooler than a 3. 5" drive in an external enclosure. Or maybe a wd passport type drive? I would also like to have more than 1 year warranty too. I'd prefer to stay in the vicinity of $100 +/-. What do you suggest for a 500 gb to 1 tb storage drive? I backup several computers to it with drives ranging from 60 gb to 320 gb. It's taken me about 3 years to load up the 300 gb seagate. So i'm comfy with 500gb to 1 tb for the next few years.

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Posted On: 03-15-2010, 10:30 AM . View Related Posts . . View 15 Replies .

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Posted On: 11-13-2009, 07:45 PM . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Instructions On Dual Hard Drive Storage Options

I just went through a pretty catastrophic loss of data due to drive failure (click of death). Fortunately, i backed up things like photos and other essentials but lost a lot of other things i wish i still had. Anyways. I had my programs / os on c: and i used a seperate drive for my documents. I learned my lesson and i am going to use two drives. Here's my question. Is it relatively easy and dependable to setup 1 drive as os/programs and then a raid 1 setup for my documents using two additional drives? I've never used any type of raid configuration and i'm looking for something stable. Speed [for the mydocs drive] isn't a priority for me. Or, is there a way to just have the two drives but just use one and have them sync with each other (preferably on schedule) for selected folders? In other words, files would just be stuffed in to drive 1 - and periodically, a certain set of folders is synced to drive 2. I don't know what kind of information i have to list but i use an :-

Am3 gigabyte ga-ma785gpmt-ud2h motherboard
Amd 785g nb and sb710 sb. My os drive is a maxtor 16mb cache 300gb sata
And i bought two wd green 32mb cache 1tb drives for my documents
And windows 7.


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Posted On: 12-16-2009, 07:30 AM . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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1. Nexstar 3 onyx black
2. Antec mx-100, or a
3. Rosewill rx-358-s blk (black) 3. 5" sata to usb & esata

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


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Posted On: 05-10-2008, 05:59 PM . View Related Posts . . View 19 Replies .

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

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I read a lot on here but ive never posts but ive got a bit of a problem with my external drive. So here's whats up i go to reformat my primary drive with windows 7 rc i back up all my desktop stuff to my external and then when i get it back up and going reformatted all i can view is the last folder i had up being the one with all my desktop back up. Ive plugged it into about 4 different computers now and nothing has worked. About a week or so ago i went to view my music and it was all in some weird septic looking font i closed my explore and re-opened it and every thing was fine. Ive ran check disk on it and seems to be working fine, except for the fact i can see all of my files just the ones that are in my desktop back up folder. So if any one knows what this problem is or has had it before and could point me in a right directions to take in fixing it if it can be fixed that would be awesome.

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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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