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Western Digital newegg WD Elements SE 750GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive WDBPCK7500ABK-NESN Black
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  •  WDBPCK7500ABK-NESN
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  • Dimensions: 4.4" x 3.1" x 0.8"
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Essential SE 750GB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive WDBACX7500ABK-NESN Black
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Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC710XW3A1
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Cirago newegg cirago 500GB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive CST5000
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  • Dimensions: 3.0" x 4.7" x 0.35"
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Ultra 1 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
  •  WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN
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  • Dimensions: 4.35" (H) x 3.23" (W) x 0.61" (D)
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup - Red
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Cirago newegg cirago 500GB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive CST4500
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  • Dimensions: 7.0" x 4.5" x 1.2"
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Western Digital newegg Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive - White
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Protronix E25S Slim 250GB Portable External USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black)
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Protronix E25S Slim 320GB Portable External USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black)
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Western Digital newegg WD TV (WDBPUF0000NBK-EESN) - multimedia player
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G-Technology newegg 500GB G-drive Mobile Combo Slv [PC]
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Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 500GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC705XL3A1
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  • Color: Blue
  • RPM: 5400 RPM
  • Cache: 8MB
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Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 500GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC705XW3A1
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  • Color: White
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Western Digital newegg WD Elements 1.5TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive WDBU6Y0015BBK-NESN Black
  •  WDBU6Y0015BBK-NESN
  •  USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 4.4" x 3.2" x 0.82"
  • Weight: 0.3lb
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Cirago newegg cirago 640GB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable External Hard Drive CST1640
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  •  CST1640
  •  USB 2.0
  •  2.5"
  • Parts: 1 year limited
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Transcend newegg Transcend StoreJet 25M3 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive TS1TSJ25M3
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  •  Incredible SuperSpeed US...
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  • Dimensions: 5.1" x 3.24" x 0.8"
  • Weight: 0.48 lbs.
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Essential SE 1 TB  USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Black)
  •  USB 3.0
  •  2.5"
  • Parts: Six Month Manufacturer Warranty
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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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