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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-04-2006, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Hard Disk Question??

I am looking at increasing my Hard disk space and need to know the pro's and cons of getting an external USB 2.0 vs. an internal one. Granted the internal ones are cheaper but are the external HD's worth it????
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-04-2006, 08:50 PM
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pro - external is that you could easliy move it to another system.

pro - easier to install an external

con - if your like me and using every plug in your surge protector, you have to get another power strip

con - external is more money

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exernal has slower access speed too.

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pro - external is that you could easliy move it to another system.

pro - easier to install an external

con - if your like me and using every plug in your surge protector, you have to get another power strip

con - external is more money
My surge protector is stuffed......need to unplug my extra speakers to connect the printer

but I've heard the USB externals take ages to transfer data......is this true??
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but I've heard the USB externals take ages to transfer data......is this true??
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exernal has slower access speed too.
Just saw that.......is it a huge difference???
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Just saw that.......is it a huge difference???
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damn you guys post answers faster than I can ask questions........Thanks
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Just to give you an example. One day I decided to transfer an 800 meg movie from a CD to my external hard drive. Took about 2 hours to complete that transfer. I now know that it would have been better to just make a few copies of the CD than to transfer it to my external drive.

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Just to give you an example. One day I decided to transfer an 800 meg movie from a CD to my external hard drive. Took about 2 hours to complete that transfer. I now know that it would have been better to just make a few copies of the CD than to transfer it to my external drive.
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Another issue with externals is they dont take kindly to getting knocked over. while that sometimes happens with external drives cause of various things, when its a harddrive the results can be rather problematic
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Another issue w/ externals... they are more prone to going missing

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Did I miss something? What are you looking to store on the extra space???

If you are looking for more room to store application data (Program files for games, apps, etc.) Go internal for speed reasons

If you are just looking for storage for pictures, files, etc... External will do you fine...

Just remember to always back up!!!!

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Thanks for all the help.....I think I am going to stick with internal....no point in spending more and getting less
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The big benefit of external is that you can also use it to ghost your computer.
I unfortunately had the experience fo screwing up my computer beyond repair, and I just launched ghost from the cd and restored the computer in ints entirety.
Using ghost properly just once can save you hours of reloading time.
Well worth the mony IMHO

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