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Best type of backup drive

By j.lupo ·
Hi all, this is my first question posted to TQ&A, so please be gentle. :)

I am looking at purchasing a backup drive. It has been recommended that Maxtor would be the best external easy to use device for me. I would like your recommendations.

This would be for my Dell and Gateway laptops via a USB port. I have very important information to make sure nothing happens to it, so I would really appreciate all your advice.

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by grbeckmeyer In reply to Best type of backup drive

If you're looking at external hard drives, I think the most economical solution would be to buy your own external box and throw the biggest drive you can afford in it. You can pick up a 3.5" enclosure at newegg for around $20. The advantage to this is you can easily upgrade it in the future. On the other hand, some of the retail external hard drives come with software packages that might make them a little easier to use. Considering this is for laptops, you might also look at 2.5" enclosures as these typically don't need an additional power cord.

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by j.lupo In reply to

I'm sorry, but I am very weak when it comes to hardware. I need more detail to understand your advice. Some colleagues have highly recommended the Maxtor drive. How does your information compare with that? Is it better or worse than the Maxtor?

BTW: I looked for a way to submit my comment without rating your response but didn't see it here.

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by j.lupo In reply to Best type of backup drive

gr : I didn't mean to reject your answer. I am sorry. I posted comments, but they never showed up. I hope this one does.

I am leaving this open in hopes of more answers. I want to know about backup devices. Many colleages stongly recommend the Maxtor drive. Yes/No/Ideas - PLEASE!!!!

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by CG IT In reply to Best type of backup drive

Maxtors are good, solid backup drives and are decently priced. The Maxtor 1 touch 250 GB External retails about $225.00 USD at Newegg.com The Western Digital are not bad and their 250GB is $185.00 USD on sale at Newegg.com. Both are firewire and USB 2.0 Seagate has a 400GB at $320.00 USD Newegg.com.

The only problem I see is that you have to plug the damn thing in to the computer. Would be nice if they made one that had a NIC in it, then you could do a SAN or NAS. if you had a wireless router with a built in 4 port switch for ICS just plug the SAN/NAS into the switch, use ghost 9.0 to save to the SAN NAS your good. one would think the external enclosure mfgs would do this but....

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by CG IT In reply to

Maxtor External Backup drives have a software package that comes with the drive to back stuff up.

Don't need to buy Norton Ghost @ $60.00 USD retail AND a drive @ ave. $200.00 USD retail.

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by j.lupo In reply to

This is great. Got a quote from a colleague via CDW for $125 on the Maxtor 250GB drive. USD that is. I really appreciate you explainit it to me and giving me some comparisons. I wanted to hear from more than the couple of colleagues htat have been helping me.

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