Be sure it's either USB*2* or 1394 (firewire). The external USB(1.1) drives - often referred to as simply 'USB', are way too slow to be worth the trouble. For either USB2 or 1394 you'll likely need a PCI controller card - only the newest PCs have them built in. Usually quite painless to add one and they're cheap - under $50 USD. It's worth it if you have a lot of media files that you need to access quickly and/or move among computers. Don't forget though - any hard drive can only be considered *temporary* storage. They can and do fail suddenly and without warning. If you need to archive these files for the ages use cdr. >I'm thinking of adding an additional hard drive. I have tons of media >files and they are eating a lot of hard drive space. I saw an external >hard drive w/about 80GB of space that connects via USB and I'm thinking >about it. It would be faster to set up b/c I don't have to disconnect the >comp and crack it open. I know there is an extra bay for another hard >drive, but I don't know anything about connecting it to the motherboard or >whatever. I have 2 USB ports on the front of my comp, and 2 more in the >back. > >My question is if there is an advantage to having an internal drive as >opposed to an external one? - Users can unsubscribe from this list by sending email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface at http://web.tampabay.rr.com/spider1/24hrsupport.htm.