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  •  Includes easy-to-use bac...
  •  Features mobile backup u...
  •  Automatically save photo...
  • Dimensions: 6.22" x 4.88' x 1.73"
  • Model #: STDT5000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178501
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $239.99
  • $159.99
  • Save: 33%
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SAMSUNG newegg SAMSUNG  D3 Station  5TB  USB 3.0  3.5"  Desktop External Hard DriveSTSHX-D501TDB  Black
  •  Super speed USB 3.0, Sle...
  •  Compact size and streaml...
  •  SafetyKey™ protection fo...
  • Dimensions: 7.11" x 5.09" x 1.85"
  • Weight: 772g
  • Features: The Samsung D3 Station External Hard Drive for all of your music, videos and photos. The durable black design stands up to the rigors of daily use and looks great next to your computer. Sleek design Compact size and streamlined shape SafetyKey protection for your data
  • Package Contents: D3 Station External Hard Drive USB cable Power adapter Quick Install Guide Software preloaded on the drive Electronic User Documentation (PDF)
  • Model #: STSHX-D501TDB
  • Item #: N82E16822152425
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $199.99
  • $149.99
  • Save: 25%
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Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT4000100
  (7)
  •  Includes easy-to-use bac...
  •  Features mobile backup u...
  •  Automatically save photo...
  • Dimensions: 7.06"(L) x 4.65"(W) x 1.63"(D)
  • Weight: 1.89 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Backup Plus drive Power adapter Seagate Dashboard pre-loaded on drive Quick start guide NTFS driver for Mac pre-loaded on drive 4-foot USB 3.0 cable
  • Model #: STDT4000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178461
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

LaCie newegg LaCie d2 Quadra USB 3.0 3TB USB 3.0 / 2 x Firewire800 / eSATA 3.5" External Hard Drive 301549U Silver
  (3)
  •  Universal connectivity a...
  •  Professional grade: 5Gb/...
  •  Save space: stackable an...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 7.2" x 6.6" x 2.3"
  • Weight: 3.7 lbs.
  • Model #: 301549U
  • Item #: N82E16822154545
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

LaCie newegg LaCie Porsche Design P'9230 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive 302003
  (3)
  •  USB 3.0 | USB 2.0
  •  Built for speed
  •  Solid aluminum casing
  • Dimensions: 7.5" x 4.5" x 1.5"
  • Weight: 2.31 lbs.
  • Features: The Ultimate Blend of Design and Performance Porsche Design Form, LaCie Function Accelerate Your Backup with USB 3.0 Safe, Strong, and Aluminum User-friendly Software Suite Included System Requirements : - Computer with a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port - Latest version of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 / Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6 - Check www.lacie.com/usb3mac for USB 3.0 Mac compatibility - Minimum free disk space: 600MB recommended
  • Package Contents: LaCie Porsche Design P'9230 USB 3.0 cable (USB 2.0-compatible) Quick Install Guide External power supply Complete Software Suite: LaCie Private-Public, Backup Assistant, Eco Mode, Wuala
  • Model #: 302003
  • Item #: N82E16822154578
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital newegg WD My Book  AV 1TB USB 2.0 / eSATA 3.5" DVR Expander WDBABT0010HBK-NESN Black
  (35)
  •  Holds up to 200,000 phot...
  •  USB 2.0 / eSATA
  •  2 years limited
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 5.3" x 1.9"
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs.
  • Features: High-capacity DVR expander A convenient storage companion for your camcorder AV-optimized for smooth playback on your TV Small enough to fit in your entertainment center USB and eSATA interfaces for maximum flexibility Device Compatibility: DVRs (Set-Top-Boxes) - Direct TV R15, HR20, HR21 & HR23 - Dish VIP722K - TiVo Series 3 & Premiere - Pace DC7581 - Time Warner SA STB Camcorders - 2010 or later Sony camcorders with Direct Copy functionality, including: HDR-CX150/R, HDR-CX110/L, HDR-XR350V, HDR-CX300, HDR-XR150, HDR-XR550V, HDR-CX550V, HDR-CX350V, DCR-SX63, DCR-SX44, DCR-SR68/R, DCR-SR88, DCR-SX83 Blu-ray Disc Players - Sony 2010 Blu-ray Disc Players, including BDP-S370, BDP-S470, BDP-S570, BDP-BX37, BDP-BX57, BDP-N460, BDP-560 - Sony Blu-ray Disc Home Theater S...
  • Model #: WDBABT0010HBK-NESN
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ1310308
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $199.95
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Western Digital newegg WD Elements 2TB USB 2.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive WDBAAU0020HBK
  (5)
  •  USB 2.0
  •  6 Month Manufacturer War...
  • Dimensions: 7.01" x 4.59" x 1.42"
  • Weight: 2.24 lbs.
  • Features: WD quality inside and out - Designed with the same commitment to quality that made WD external drives the number one selling drives in the world. Plug-and-play simplicity - Just connect the power and plug it into a USB port to instantly add more storage to your computer. Designed to save power - Turns on and off with your computer. Enters idle mode when not in use. Utilizes a WD drive with power-saving WD GreenPower Technology and an EnergyStar compliant power supply. Earth-friendly packaging - Packaged in a minimized eco-friendly, recyclable packaging made from recycled materials. Preformatted for PCs - Designed for use with Windows-based computers. Can be easily reformatted for use with Macs.
  • Parts: 90 days limited
  • Model #: WDBAAU0020HBK
  • Item #: N82E16822136575
  • Return Policy: Recertified Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
  • $139.99
  • $89.99
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FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives Gforce/3 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" USB 3.0 External Hard Drive GF3B2000U Black
  (13)
  •  USB 3.0 Interface option...
  •  PC + Mac compatible
  •  Quiet fan-free design
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • Features: Power Supply: 110/220 V (Universal Power Supply) w/ on/off switch. Buffer Format: NTFS Bus Transfer Rate (Maximum): 5GBit/Sec OS Support: Mac OS X 10.5 and newer*, Microsoft Windows 32bit and 64bit Vista, 7, Windows Server 2003, 2008 (*USB 3.0 host bus support is not available for Macintosh computers as of Dec 2010) Capacity: Up to 3TB Stylish brushed black aluminum enclosure. Compatibility: USB 2.0 Plug n Play
  • Package Contents: G-Force 3 External Disk Drive, Drive Stand, Power Supply, USB 3.0 Cable, User Manual
  • Parts: 3 years limited
  • Model #: GF3B2000U
  • Item #: N82E16822204107
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital newegg WD Elements 3TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Storage WDBWLG0030HBK-NESN Black
  •  Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data ...
  •  Massive capacity
  •  Free trial of WD SmartWa...
  • Dimensions: 6.5"(H) x 5.3"(L) x 1.9"(W)
  • Weight: 2.0lbs
  • Features: Ultra-fast data transfers with USB 3.0 High-capacity add-on storage Downloadable trial of WD SmartWare Pro backup software Plug-and-play ready for Windows PCs WD quality inside and out
  • Package Contents: Desktop hard drive USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBWLG0030HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236716
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital newegg My Book Duo 12TB dual-drive, USB3.0  high-speed premium RAID storage Model WDBLWE0120JCH-NESN
  (2)
  •  Two USB 3.0 expansion po...
  •  Up to 290 MB/s file tran...
  •  Dual-drive enclosure
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.9" x 6.2" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 5.1lbs
  • Features: Optimized for the fastest possible data transfer rates Massive capacity for all your valuable data Hardware RAID optimizes speed and protection User-selectable RAID 0/1 or JBOD lets you select for more speed, data protection or two independent drives Local, cloud and system-level backup options to protect your data Keep your private stuff private with password protection and hardware encryption Expand storage and charge mobile devices with the two extra USB 3.0 ports Configure, manage and diagnose your drive with integrated drive utilities Works out of the box with your Windows OS. Can be reformatted to work with Mac Complete with ultra-reliable WD Red drives with optimal performance in small RAID environments User-serviceable so you can replace or up...
  • Model #: WDBLWE0120JCH-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236731
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

LaCie newegg LaCie D2 Quadra 5TB USB 3.0/2 x FireWire 800/1 x eSATA External Hard Drive 9000481U Silver
  •  Universal connectivity a...
  •  Professional grade: 5Gb/...
  •  Save space: stackable an...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB or greater
  • Dimensions: 7.2" x 6.6" x 2.3"
  • Weight: 3.7 lbs.
  • Model #: 9000481U
  • Item #: N82E16822154688
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

HGST newegg HGST Touro Desk Pro 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive 0S03503 Black
  (35)
  •  High-Speed USB 3.0 Inter...
  •  Fast Drive Speed of 7200...
  •  Preloaded Local & Cloud ...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Dimensions: 7.2" x 5.08" x 2.36"
  • Features: Stackable desktop design looks great in a style-conscious workspace Two levels of data protection, with preloaded local and cloud backup software help keep your content safe Cloud backup enables anywhere, anytime remote access Upgrade to a paid account and receive 250GB of cloud storage along with iPhone and iPad mobile digital device apps USB 3.0 interface delivers fast transfer speeds System Requirements Windows: Computer system running with Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 and an available USB 2.0 or 3.0 port Macintosh: Computer system running with Mac OS 10.5 or newer and an available USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port; Intel processor-based Macs only
  • Package Contents: Touro Desk Pro external hard drive Preloaded local and cloud backup software USB 3.0 cable (ba...
  • Model #: 0S03503
  • Item #: N82E16822145869
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 6TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT6000100 Black
  •  Super Speed USB 3.0 port...
  •  Includes easy-to-use bac...
  •  Features mobile backup u...
  • Dimensions: 7.06"(L) x 4.65"(W) x 1.63"(D)
  • Weight: 1.89 lbs.
  • Features: Seagate Backup Plus, easy backup for your digital life on your computer, mobile devices and the cloud The Seagate Backup Plus desktop drive simplifies backup for consumers who want to help protect their entire digital life locally, in the cloud, from mobile devices or from social networks. Via the Seagate Dashboard, use the Protect function to set up a one-click plan or schedule your automatic local backup. Keep multiple copies of your files in case disaster strikes. Install the free Seagate Mobile Backup app on an iOS or Android mobile device to back up all of the pictures and videos from the device to the drive or the cloud. Back up mobile devices via a WiFi connection while at home, or use services like Dropbox or Google Drive while on-the-go, away from home. With the Save...
  • Model #: STDT6000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178681
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $249.99
  • $229.99
  • Save: 8%
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LaCie newegg LaCie d2 Quadra 4TB USB 3.0 / 2 x Firewire800 / eSATA USB 3.0 External Hard Drive 9000258U Silver
  •  Universal connectivity a...
  •  Professional grade: 5Gb/...
  •  Save space: stackable an...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 60 x 168 x 183 mm / 2.3 x 6.6 x 7.2 in.
  • Weight: 1.7 kg / 3.7 lbs.
  • Model #: 9000258U
  • Item #: 0BD-009Y-00011

Western Digital newegg WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Storage WDBWLG0020HBK-NESN Black
  (7)
  •  Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data ...
  •  Massive capacity
  •  Free trial of WD SmartWa...
  • Dimensions: 6.5"(H) x 5.3"(L) x 1.9"(W)
  • Weight: 2.0lbs
  • Features: Ultra-fast data transfers with USB 3.0 High-capacity add-on storage Downloadable trial of WD SmartWare Pro backup software Plug-and-play ready for Windows PCs WD quality inside and out
  • Package Contents: Desktop hard drive USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBWLG0020HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236715
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital newegg WD Elements 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBWLG0050HBK-NESN Black
  •  Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data ...
  •  Massive capacity
  •  Free trial of WD SmartWa...
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 1.9" x 5.3" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs.
  • Features: Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data transfers Massive capacity Free trial of WD SmartWare Pro auto and cloud backup software WD quality and reliability
  • Model #: WDBWLG0050HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236808
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital newegg My Book Duo 4TB dual-drive, USB3.0  high-speed premium RAID storage Model WDBLWE0040JCH-NESN
  (3)
  •  Two USB 3.0 expansion po...
  •  Up to 290 MB/s file tran...
  •  Dual-drive enclosure
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.9" x 6.2" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 4.6lbs
  • Features: Optimized for the fastest possible data transfer rates Massive capacity for all your valuable data Hardware RAID optimizes speed and protection User-selectable RAID 0/1 or JBOD lets you select for more speed, data protection or two independent drives Local, cloud and system-level backup options to protect your data Keep your private stuff private with password protection and hardware encryption Expand storage and charge mobile devices with the two extra USB 3.0 ports Configure, manage and diagnose your drive with integrated drive utilities Works out of the box with your Windows OS. Can be reformatted to work with Mac Complete with ultra-reliable WD Red drives with optimal performance in small RAID environments User-serviceable so you can replace or up...
  • Model #: WDBLWE0040JCH-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236728
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives GreenDrive3 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive GD2000U3
  (1)
  •  Newest Generation USB 3....
  •  PC + Mac compatible
  •  Quiet fan-free design
  • Weight: 2.50 lb
  • Package Contents: GreenDrive3 Hard Drive USB 3.0 Cable Power Cord Drive Stand User Manual
  • Parts: 2 Year Limited
  • Model #: GD2000U3
  • Item #: N82E16822510006
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital newegg My Book Duo 6TB dual-drive, USB3.0  high-speed premium RAID storage Model WDBLWE0060JCH-NESN
  (3)
  •  Two USB 3.0 expansion po...
  •  Up to 290 MB/s file tran...
  •  Dual-drive enclosure
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.9" x 6.2" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 4.8lbs
  • Features: Optimized for the fastest possible data transfer rates Massive capacity for all your valuable data Hardware RAID optimizes speed and protection User-selectable RAID 0/1 or JBOD lets you select for more speed, data protection or two independent drives Local, cloud and system-level backup options to protect your data Keep your private stuff private with password protection and hardware encryption Expand storage and charge mobile devices with the two extra USB 3.0 ports Configure, manage and diagnose your drive with integrated drive utilities Works out of the box with your Windows OS. Can be reformatted to work with Mac Complete with ultra-reliable WD Red drives with optimal performance in small RAID environments User-serviceable so you can replace or up...
  • Model #: WDBLWE0060JCH-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236729
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives 1TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Professional Aluminum External Hard Drive GFP1000EU3
  (1)
  •  USB 3.0 & eSATA Interfac...
  •  PC + Mac compatible
  •  Quiet fan-free design
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Dimensions: 4.75" x 1.75" x 7.75" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.5lbs
  • Features: USB 3.0 & eSATA Interface options PC + Mac compatible Quiet fan-free design Easy Installation Stylish brushed black aluminum enclosure
  • Model #: GFP1000EU3
  • Item #: N82E16822204130
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $124.99
  • $99.99
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Western Digital newegg WD My Book 2TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Storage WDBACW0020HBK-NESN
  (66)
  •  Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0...
  •  WD SmartWare automatic b...
  •  Password protection with...
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 5.3" x 1.9"
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs.
  • Features: Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0 Automatic, continuous backup Password protection and hardware encryption Protecting your data with automatic, continuous backup Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music Securing private or sensitive data with password protection and hardware encryption
  • Parts: 2 years limited
  • Model #: WDBACW0020HBK-NESN
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ16N1045
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $189.95
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FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives Gforce/3 1TB USB 3.0 3.5" USB 3.0 External Hard Drive GF3B1000U Black
  (5)
  •  USB 3.0 Interface option...
  •  PC + Mac compatible
  •  Quiet fan-free design
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • Features: Power Supply: 110/220 V (Universal Power Supply) w/ on/off switch. Buffer Format: NTFS Bus Transfer Rate (Maximum): 5GBit/Sec OS Support: Mac OS X 10.5 and newer*, Microsoft Windows 32bit and 64bit Vista, 7, Windows Server 2003, 2008 (*USB 3.0 host bus support is not available for Macintosh computers as of Dec 2010) Capacity: Up to 3TB Compatibility: USB 2.0 Plug n Play
  • Package Contents: G-Force 3 External Disk Drive, Drive Stand, Power Supply, USB 3.0 Cable, User Manual
  • Parts: 3 years limited
  • Model #: GF3B1000U
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Western Digital newegg 3TB My Book Live External Hard Drive
  (2)
  •  WDBACG0030HCH
  • $259.95
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Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive STCA3000101 Black
  (127)
  •  Easy, flexible, built-in...
  •  Automatically save photo...
  •  Share photos and video t...
  • Dimensions: 6.22" x 4.88" x 1.73"
  • Weight: 2.38 lbs.
  • Features: Easy, flexible, built-in backup options Automatically save photos from your social networks Share photos and video to social networks with a click Use it interchangeably on your PC or your Mac computer without reformatting. USB 3.0 plug-and-play. You can also easily upgrade to Thunderbolt technology or FireWire 800 with add-on adapters (sold separately). USB 3.0 is also backward compatible with USB 2.0.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Backup Plus drive 4-foot USB 3.0 cable USB 3.0 interface adapter with capacity gauge Power adapter Quick start guide Seagate Dashboard pre-loaded on drive NTFS driver for Mac pre-loaded on drive
  • Model #: STCA3000101
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ0X34458
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $219.95
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FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives 2TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Professional Aluminum External Hard Drive GFP2000EU3
  •  USB 3.0 & eSATA Interfac...
  •  PC + Mac compatible
  •  Quiet fan-free design
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Dimensions: 4.75" x 1.75" x 7.75" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.5lbs
  • Features: USB 3.0 & eSATA Interface options PC + Mac compatible Quiet fan-free design Easy Installation Stylish brushed black aluminum enclosure
  • Model #: GFP2000EU3
  • Item #: N82E16822510052
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

SAMSUNG newegg SAMSUNG  D3 Station  6TB  USB 3.0  3.5"  Desktop External Hard DriveSTSHX-D601TDB  Black
  •  Super speed USB 3.0, Sle...
  •  Compact size and streaml...
  •  SafetyKey™ protection fo...
  • Dimensions: 7.11" x 5.09" x 1.85"
  • Weight: 772g
  • Features: The Samsung D3 Station External Hard Drive for all of your music, videos and photos. The durable black design stands up to the rigors of daily use and looks great next to your computer. Sleek design Compact size and streamlined shape SafetyKey protection for your data
  • Package Contents: D3 Station External Hard Drive USB cable Power adapter Quick Install Guide Software preloaded on the drive Electronic User Documentation (PDF)
  • Model #: STSHX-D601TDB
  • Item #: N82E16822152424
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $279.99
  • $249.99
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Iomega Corp newegg iomega Prestige Desktop 1TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive 35180 Black
  (2)
  •  35180
  •  USB 3.0
  •  3.5"
  • Dimensions: 7.41" x 4.88" x 1.24"
  • Weight: 2.23 lbs.
  • Features: Fast - Transfer files faster than ever before (requires USB 3.0 computer for best performance) Stylish & Durable - Compact and in a black brushed finish; sturdy metal construction that includes stand Secure - Iomega Protection Suite Software included at no additional charge (via download) Encryption - AES 256-bit hardware encryption is built-in to secure your data at home, in the office or at school
  • Package Contents: Desktop Hard Drive USB 3.0/2.0 cable Power supply Quick Start Guide Stand Iomega Protection Suite software (via download)
  • Model #: 35180
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ1GD2758
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $299.95
  • Free Shipping

Seagate newegg Seagate Expansion 1TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV1000100 Black
  (15)
  •  Drag and drop file savin...
  •  Fast data transfer with ...
  •  1 year manufacturer warr...
  • Dimensions: 7.07" x 4.65" x 1.48"
  • Weight: 2.06 lbs.
  • Features: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system support SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds or backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports at USB 2.0 transfer speeds)
  • Model #: STBV1000100
  • Item #: 9SIA24G1XA6646
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $89.99
  • $86.96
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External Hard Drives

Use this link for more information on External Hard Drives in our Learning Center

External hard drives are ideal for backing up your hard drive or storing additional media separately from your main hard drive. Photos, videos, and digital music have all become so popular in recent years that people need a place to put it all. CDs and DVDs do not have the capacity to hold PC backups and are not all that convenient. However, the prices of external hard drives have come down so much that they are perfect for backing up your important data.

The two most common interfaces for hooking up external drives to your computer are USB and FireWire with eSata now becoming popular also. USB has been around for years and are standard on just about all computers today while FireWire ports are newer and if you use a digital video camera with your computer you probably already have one. In terms of access speeds the latest eSata standard offers the fastest connection however that comes with a price. USB 2.0 and Firewire can cover most of your general needs without having to upgrade your system with a new eSata card. Any of the interfaces will do the job however be sure to purchase an external hard drive with the same type of port that your computer has.

Your backup drive should have a capacity at least as big as your computer's largest hard drive. That will leave you with plenty of room to back up your important files or mirror/clone your current drive. You can also buy an external hard drive case and mount an internal hard drive inside it. This method will give you a choice of brands and models, and if anything goes wrong with your internal hard drive, you can simply install the external one inside your computer to replace it.

Considerations for External Hard Drives

One drawback to using external hard drives for backups is that they are still relatively new for home computer use. They come with Windows drivers; should Windows fail, you will not be able to access your external drive through DOS. There are DOS drivers available but they can be difficult to find and most manufacturers do not provide support for them. This isn't a frequent occurrence, just something to keep in mind as you select your external hard drive.

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