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(Date Posted:20/10/2011 3:48 PM)
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Can anyone recomend a good external hard drive please? 

Preferrably 1tb.  

I have so much on my computer I am hoping it will go faster if I can transfer my iTunes and photos. 
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Re:Recomend an external hard drive?
(Date Posted:20/10/2011 3:55 PM)

 seagate... try maplin
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RE:Recomend an external hard drive?
(Date Posted:21/10/2011 3:37 AM)

Most of the "big brands" should be okay. I like Seagate drives because I've had a couple Western Digital external drives fail on me (OTOH, had lots of luck with an internal WD I used to replace a laptop HDD at one point), but plenty of the geeks I know who use a lot more storage than I swear by Western Digital. So really I'd say either Seagate or Western Digital should be good. They both offer 1TB or larger drives (I currently have a 2TB Seagate and an older 250GB Seagate as my backup drives). I believe they both also offer large drives that work over a network, but I prefer just regular USB drives.

Also of note, if it says it works with USB 3.0, it will also work with older versions of USB if your computer doesn't do USB 3.0 (if you've bought a computer in the last year, it's probably 3.0, earlier than that and it's probably 2.0, and earlier than about 2002 or so it's probably 1.0 - yes, I know technologies were announced earlier than the years I'm giving, but it does take a couple years for manufacturers to all switch over).

Unless you plan on constantly moving your drive, a regular external drive is fine (compared to a portable one). Portable ones are much more expensive so unless you really plan on carrying it places daily, they're not worth the extra cost.
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Re:Recomend an external hard drive?
(Date Posted:22/10/2011 12:53 AM)

 I've used both Seagate and Barracuda in the past without any probs. Check out Ebuyer - you can get some real bargains on there.
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Yvettea
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Re:Recomend an external hard drive?
(Date Posted:22/10/2011 3:45 AM)

Thank you all very much indeed.
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Re:Recomend an external hard drive?
(Date Posted:22/10/2011 6:59 AM)

 I've had a 'iomega' that a friend bought me online from ebay which is very good, it just needs a usb lead and it's up and running.
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Re:Recomend an external hard drive?
(Date Posted:22/10/2011 7:34 AM)

 http://www.scan.co.uk/  simply the best place in the UK to purchase computer hardware.
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Re:Recomend an external hard drive?
(Date Posted:22/10/2011 7:40 AM)

 Oh and if you are any where near Bolton you can buy across the counter at their warehouse at the Reebok retail park.
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Re:Recomend an external hard drive?
(Date Posted:25/10/2011 2:47 PM)

Thank you all very much indeed for your recommendations.

I'm now wondering if an alternative option would be for a friend to put in extra internal RAM?

What do you all think? 

I don't need a portable hard drive as I'm not going to be taking it anywhere but I do want my old computer to run faster.

I've done all the defrag and cleaning stuff but it still takes ages for the internet to connect.  Once it is up and running it isn't too bad but first thing in the morning it takes ages, even if I leave it on 'hibernate'.

Does saving lots of 'Favourites' slow down internet connection?
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Re:Recomend an external hard drive?
(Date Posted:02/11/2011 2:28 AM)

Well, I've bought a WD external hard drive (ehd).

I always back photos to disk anyway, but to be on the safe side, I also backed my letters and documents to disks before transferring them to the ehd yesterday.  I have read so many reviews where people lose their data on ehds that I want to see how it goes first!

Thank you all for your help.  Much appreciated.

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