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    Have $125 to spend at Best buy for new HD

    I have $125 to spend at Best Buy for a new harddrive and I don't know whether to go with external or internal.

    Here are my internal options


    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....1&type=product

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....1&type=product

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....1&type=product

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....1&type=product

    Here are my external options

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....2&type=product

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....2&type=product

    But my question is, some of these are called Serial ATA drives. They seem to be a little more expensive then their regular counterparts and have a little faster transfer speed.

    Which is better?

    Anyways, my intentions for this drive is more or less to use it as backups for some client files, digital videos that I have uploaded to my cpu, etc...

    I already have a main 240 gb harddrive (raid 0) that is internal, but I didn't know if it would be more beneficial to stay with another internal or go with an external. If it would be an external, I wouldn't be moving it offsite or anything like some business's do. I do have an external HD right now, BusLink and its an 80 gig, but its on the bleeps right now .

    IF I can get it working again, and I was to get an internal harddrive, then I could transfer everything off the Buslink onto my new harddrive, then use the external one for backups and client files. Then at least I have a removable harddrive, BUT, I do run the risk of having issues with it again.

    So Now I am just rambling on

    What are your opinions.

    Thanks
    Bryan

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    I'd suggest external, but I'm curious what others say. External just seems easier to me.

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    I would personally recommend going with an external drive. It may not be the fastest option but it is more conveinient, especially if you have to find a reason that you do need to take it somewhere.
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    ok, I bought one. I bought the 120 GB Internal Maxtor SATA ULTRA SERIES (its a SERIAL ATA)

    Here is what I am concluding to do and you might think I am nuts for doing it, but I have my reasons.

    I am going to install this harddrive.

    Then, I am giong to do a disk to disk copy from what is on my current one (the 240gb) to the new one (160 gb).

    For 1, I am hoping to capitalize on the speed improvement with the SATA that has a 150mb data transfer.

    I will then clear out my 250 gb drive and use that as storage. The Buslink external 80 gig I currently have will act as my "backup for important files" type of deal, assuming I get it working

    So that will be my current setup.

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    Damnit!

    Well, turns out my cpu runs on 2 SATA hd's already. There were no more connectors in my machine to add a third.

    Damnit!

    So I guess I will just go for an external harddrive now.

    Damnit!

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    I commend Seagate harddisks, they are very reliable
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    You can always pick up a SATA PCI card to give you room for more hard drives. However, three internal HDs are a little overkill in my book not to mention the extra power drain on the PSU.

    If you REALLY want to get some amazing performance, get a WD 74GB Raptor internal SATA drive. 10k RPM and just insane performance.

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    Well,

    I ended up buying a 250gb Maxtor Internal hd. 149 bucks.

    Good news is my cpu came with 2 fans. It sounds like a jet taking off when I start it up Dell Dimension XPS.


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