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# 38606 1-Aug-2009 23:07
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we currently have a 320gb external hard drive for our somewhat slow laptop. it is getting very full and its time to get a new one (it is full of mainly music, photos and videos). we were thinking of getting a 1TB external HD and see a few different ones on the market including one that backups the data. can anyone advise which might be the best one to get please? the 320gb one we've had for a few years and had no problems at all. cost is a huge factor in our decision as we're prettty broke right now! dse have some specials though.

your advise is greatly appreciated. cheers.

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  # 241341 1-Aug-2009 23:19
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you may be able to save some money and just buy a hdd and insert it in your existing external case.

i've been hearing lately that people have been having a few failures with the 1tb disks. i dont have any experience with them myself though. do some research before you buy one just in case...




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  # 241345 1-Aug-2009 23:23
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how easy would it be to put extra hdd into a laptop? some of the the 1tb's have been failing, not so good to hear. we'd have our current one as backup up until now though which is some piece of mind.

 
 
 
 


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  # 241346 1-Aug-2009 23:25
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all laptop drives are either SATA or PATA and fairly easy to replace with a screwdriver and 5 minutes spare time. you can readily get 500GB disks now - if you get a 7200RPM disk you can even get a speed boost on your laptop too :-)

if you're not comfortable doing it yourself you can always take your laptop somewhere like www.serviceplus.co.nz who will install (for a fee), or sell and install an hdd for you..




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  # 241431 2-Aug-2009 14:18
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Regs: all laptop drives are either SATA or PATA and fairly easy to replace with a screwdriver and 5 minutes spare time. you can readily get 500GB disks now - if you get a 7200RPM disk you can even get a speed boost on your laptop too :-)


if you're not comfortable doing it yourself you can always take your laptop somewhere like www.serviceplus.co.nz who will install (for a fee), or sell and install an hdd for you..


you should try replacing powerbook g4 12 inch harddrive. it took me ages

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  # 241575 2-Aug-2009 21:09
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ok, i've only done it on HP, Toshiba and IBM and they were all 5 minutes max :)




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  # 241596 2-Aug-2009 21:47
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we decided against a new external hd, got a different computer instead! time to put the old one on trademe i think now!

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  # 241649 3-Aug-2009 00:08
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Probably a better use of the cash!

Does anyone know if any of the 500GB drives have a PATA (IDE) drive inside? I ripped apart a recent Western Digital 320GB one the other day to find a standard Seagate SATA Barracuda drive inside!

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  # 241742 3-Aug-2009 12:14
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they certainly make 500GB PATA drives, but i suspect that all the external models would have been built with SATA, not PATA.




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