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External Hard Drive

rvsullne
I have a Dell Dimension 4550 desktop computer. I want to buy an external hard drive that I can store my stuff on, in case my computer would crash. I'm looking at Seagate Free Agent Go 500GB portable hard drive. Will this work for my computer? I have Windows XP. I have two slots of memory with 520mb each. I have a Logitech desktop USB keyboard and mouse, Epson printer/copy/scan, and a dvd usb drive burner. Any help would be appreciated. I'm not sure what to buy. I have stored several things on flash drives but would like them all on one drive. I thought Seagate would be the best.
I think 500GB is plenty, do not think I need TB.
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    OH Smeg

    Provided you have a spare USB Port yes it will work.

    But with External HDD's you need to understand that these drives are mechanical Devices with platters that Spin at, at least 5,400 Revolutions Per Minute or faster depending on the type of HDD fitted inside the enclosure. These devices product Heat and a lot of it which external enclosures can not adequately dissipate. These drives also fail to offer the same level of protection for vibrational Damage or bumps that a Internal HDD would have when fitted to a computer.

    However if you are prepared to buy a SSD you could use that anywhere for as long as it works as it is a Solid State Device with no moving parts. But these are both expensive and small in capacity not to mention Slow to write to.

    As for the capacity that you need that all depends on what you want to place on this drive. If you have more than 500 GIG to store on it then obviously a 500 GIG HDD wouldn't be big enough for your needs.

    You also need to remember to use the Safely Remove Option from Windows when you want to turn of the external Drive because if you don't eventually the Partition Information on the Drive will be corrupted rendering the Data either Lost or a expensive Recovery required.

    Col

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    OH Smeg

    Provided you have a spare USB Port yes it will work.

    But with External HDD's you need to understand that these drives are mechanical Devices with platters that Spin at, at least 5,400 Revolutions Per Minute or faster depending on the type of HDD fitted inside the enclosure. These devices product Heat and a lot of it which external enclosures can not adequately dissipate. These drives also fail to offer the same level of protection for vibrational Damage or bumps that a Internal HDD would have when fitted to a computer.

    However if you are prepared to buy a SSD you could use that anywhere for as long as it works as it is a Solid State Device with no moving parts. But these are both expensive and small in capacity not to mention Slow to write to.

    As for the capacity that you need that all depends on what you want to place on this drive. If you have more than 500 GIG to store on it then obviously a 500 GIG HDD wouldn't be big enough for your needs.

    You also need to remember to use the Safely Remove Option from Windows when you want to turn of the external Drive because if you don't eventually the Partition Information on the Drive will be corrupted rendering the Data either Lost or a expensive Recovery required.

    Col