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GUEST,DWR Tech: External Hard Drive Stopped Working (24) RE: Tech: External Hard Drive Stopped Working 01 Dec 09


I agree with John about the portable externals. Yes, they are slower, but they are "FAST ENOUGH" for most purposes. You can listen to music, watch video, just about anything you want to do.

No external power needed, and though I don't advise testing them for ruggedness, yes, you can sometimes drop them and get away with it.

I knocked a Western Digital 320 off a low table, about three feet and I thought "OH NO!" but you know what? I picked it up off the floor, plugged it in, and away it went. I've had a few other mishaps with no discernible damage to any of my drives, all of which are still operating perfectly.

I should say though that I also agree that Vista is more problematic with its treatment of some drives. I get errors or inconsistent operation, but then I take the drive to an older machine and it works perfectly. So I regard this as a Vista problem, not a drive problem.

There are SO many advantages to a shirt pocket drive. Load it up with the portable version of your favorite browser, complete with your own bookmarks and preferences, add your other favorite apps, plug it in to just about any strange machine, and it's just like you're at home!

I have done this with a Seagate Free Agent 320 and for lighter tasks, a Sandisk Cruzer 8G, which is practically indestructible. I feel that the slightly higher price and slower operation of an external is more than balanced by the ruggedness and portability.

But the main rule is always this: KEEP MULTIPLE COPIES OF ANYTHING YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE OR THAT YOU FEEL YOU'D RATHER NOT DO WITHOUT.


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