[access-uk] Re: External hard drive

I have just bought my second Western Digital My Book essential from Amazon for 75 pounds with free delivery. it took 2 working days to arrive.


it's a 500 Gb drive with USB connection, but if you want to pay more there's a model with firewire connections as well.

I've just backed up 400 Gb of data to it which took about 7 hours so it's about 50% slower than my internal SATA 2 ddrives.

It requires power from the mains and is designed to be always on, automatically powering down when your computer is off, so you won't waste too much electricity.

It's quiet in use and only gets really warm when you've been driving it hard.

Personally, I don't use the stored software for backups, so I can't comment on that aspect of the package.

When connected for the first time it's totally plug and play and after windows has done its "found new hardware" thing, it pops up in the "my computer" screen - job done!

Regards

Steve Green

----- Original Message ----- From: "David Russell" <david.russell8@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Access-Uk@Freelists. Org" <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, December 07, 2007 8:25 AM
Subject: [access-uk] External hard drive


Hi Folks,

I am considering purchasing an external hard drive for my pc in order to
back up everything just in case of pc failure. I am amazed to find that you
can now get up to a 500 GB drive for just over £70.  I have even found one
for under thirty pounds but I have never heard of the manufacturer, so will
not be taking a chance on that one.  I want one which is easy to use,
external rather than internal, and runs from a normal USB connection.  Is
there anything else I should particularly look for and are there any
manufacturers people have had good experiences with.  Freecom seem to get
good reviews.

any thoughts would be appreciated.

David

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