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    SitePoint Zealot thomasr's Avatar
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    Looking to buy an External hard drive

    I want to buy an external hard drive to backup my laptop. I only need about 100 GB's and would like to know where to find a cheap name brand?

    Also whats the difference between

    Firewire
    USB
    USB-Ethernet
    USB-Firewire

    what should I be looking for? I have a Toshiba laptop.

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    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy rushiku's Avatar
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    Firewire is the current speed champ, but USB 3.0 is coming and will put an end to that. If your laptop doesn't already have a USB 3.0 compatible port, you needn't concern yourself about it. (hint: it doesn't)
    USB 2.0 is slower than Firewire
    USB - Ethernet indicates that the drive supports both USB and network connections
    USB - Firewire, again, supports both

    Before you run out and get a firewire drive, make sure you have a firewire socket on your laptop.

    WD has a number of nice externals out there, but I'll leave the researching which one you want to you.

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    SitePoint Wizard masm50's Avatar
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    Further to what rushiku says, Firewire ports are relatively rare still on most Windows laptops (and are often a little bit more expensive on external drives), whilst pretty much every laptop/computer will have USB ports.

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    For the price range, you'll get the best value with a USB model (it's slower than Firewire but it'll do the job).

    As for models, their all about equal in price these days. I recommend Seagate or Western Digital.

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    Western Digital is undoubtedly the best brand in the market for external drives. If you are using an updated OS like Windows 7 then certainly it wil bestow you with the best experience.


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