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    Best Buy Predicement

    Ok, so last night my father and I celebrated our birthday's, mine isn't until the 10th.

    One thing I asked for was a Maxtor 120 gig One Touch External HD (for backup purposes).

    I believe its valued around $190.

    Well, I have had thoughts of taking it back and getting something else, problem is, I am not sure.

    Reason why I might take it back is because I got my crappy BusLink 80 gig working again after a new format.

    So I am on a fence, do I keep the Maxtor (which is suppose to be VERY reliable) and do something with the Buslink, or do I scrap the Maxtor and go and get a Sony Internal or external 16x DVD/RW +- / CD/CDRW burner able to burn 8 gig dvd's, and can burn them in 8 minutes.

    Thing is, I have a DVD burner, but it only burns DVD +R's, not -(minus) R's. And it only does it at 4 x tops.

    So I keep my Buslink and get the DVD burner, or I keep the Maxtor.

    Thoughts?

    If you have any other item ideas to get instead, throw them my way.

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    Well, you already have a dvd burner, and you already have a harddrive...why not take back the one-touch harddrive and get something else, besides a dvd player. If you have lots of valuable information on your computer, I suggest buying another 80 gigger and setting up a RAID 0 to backup all your info. Just my 2 cents though.

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    well, just for your info, I have about 490 gigs internally

    but the kicker is that the current 80 gig I have (the Buslink), it gave me issues recently where I had to use a program to retrive all my info. Once I did that, I had to reformat it, so the question becomes if its going to bonk out on me again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jag5311
    well, just for your info, I have about 490 gigs internally

    You could store google on that thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jag5311
    well, just for your info, I have about 490 gigs internally

    but the kicker is that the current 80 gig I have (the Buslink), it gave me issues recently where I had to use a program to retrive all my info. Once I did that, I had to reformat it, so the question becomes if its going to bonk out on me again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KLB
    Don't screw around with a drive that is going bad. I'd keep the new drive and replace out the drive that is starting to go bad.
    agreed - besides , hard drives are more reliable than optical discs....I lost a total of 15 cd's worth of my photos because they went bad. I always reburn stuff every two years now and keep extras on hard drives just in case. I seriously doubt DVD's are any more reliable for achive purposes unless you get uber quality dvd's....I haven't made the leap to dvd yet because of this.

    PS - isn't having mega storage great I got's me 550 gig...only problem is keeping stuff organized... Whenever a drive gets full I organize it, pull it out of my machine, put it in it's orginal box - put a hardcopy directory list in and store it in a closet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geniusgoalie

    You could store google on that thing!
    Maybe if you add 3 or 4 zeros on the end. Google has over 20,000 servers.
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    well, I do some digital video stuff (family tapes, etc...) so I more or less make dvd's from time to time. I NEVER use a dvd for storage. Only in rare occurances.

    What sucks is I can't make DVD - R which is more compitable across the board then DVD + R, simply because - R has been out longer.

    I originally had a 240 gig harddrive that came with my Dell (2 raid 0 120 gigs).

    Then 2 weeks ago, I got a 250 gig internal, hence 490

    thanks for the comments everyone

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    Backup Solutions

    I do a lot of work at home and in an office, personally the greatest thing I ever did after upgrading my master and slave drive on a Windows XP system was put my old 80gb hard drive in a USB drive kit. Any Xp computer recognizes it as a local drive. I put video files, etc. on it and just plug it in at work and the stuff is there. Also, i backup my stuff on my master hd, slave hd, and usb hd. The other advantage is, at work we are on 100mbs connection and at home I am on 56kbs dialup. So if I want to download a bunch of large files that are several hundred mbs, like windows xp sp2, or nero updates, i will do them from work in minutes, and just transfer them to my desktop at home in minutes when i get there


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