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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
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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

Western Digital newegg Western Digital Elements 1.5TB Desktop External Hard Drive
  (343)
  •  WDBAAU0015HBK-NESN
  •  USB 2.0
  •  3.5"
  • Dimensions: 7.01" x 4.9" 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: 1 year limited
  • Model #: WDBAAU0015HBK-NESN
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ11J2931
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Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive STCA3000101 Black
  (125)
  •  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
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Western Digital newegg WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Storage  WDBACW0030HBK-NESN
  (200)
  •  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 Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music
  • Package Contents: External hard drive WD SmartWare software USB cable Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBACW0030HBK-NESN
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Western Digital newegg WD Elements 1.5TB USB 2.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive WDBAAU0015HBK
  (20)
  •  Holds up to 300,000 phot...
  •  USB 2.0
  •  1 Year Manufacturer Warr...
  • Dimensions: 7.01" x 4.59" x 1.42"
  • Weight: 2.24 lbs.
  • Features: Compatibility: Available USB port Mac OS X Tiger or Leopard Windows Vista/XP
  • Package Contents: USB 2.0 external hard drive USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: *****************
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ10M5053
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Western Digital newegg WD Elements 2TB Desktop External Hard Drive
  (629)
  •  WDBAAU0020HBK-NESN
  •  USB 2.0
  •  3.5"
  • Dimensions: 7.01" x 4.59" x 1.42"
  • Weight: 2.24 lbs.
  • Features: Compatibility: Available USB port Mac OS X Tiger or Leopard Windows Vista/XP
  • Package Contents: USB 2.0 external hard drive USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBAAU0020HBK-NESN
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ1002989
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Western Digital newegg WD My Book 4TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN
  (32)
  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  •  Automatic backup softwar...
  •  Works great with Windows...
  • Dimensions: 6.7"(H) x 5.5"(D) x 1.9"(W)
  • Weight: 2.27 lbs.
  • Features: Up to 3x faster transfer rates Universal connectivity Local and cloud backup System-level backup Secure your files WD Drive Utilities software Works great with Windows 8 WD quality inside and out
  • Package Contents: External hard drive WD SmartWare software (pre-loaded) USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236626
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Western Digital newegg Western Digital WDBHEZ5000ABK-NESN 500GB Enterprise External Hard Drive
  (4)
  •  Specifically designed to...
  •  Plug-and-play solution f...
  •  Drive encryption protect...
  • Dimensions: 4.4" x 3.2" x 0.6"
  • Weight: 0.3 lbs.
  • Features: Massive capacity, small design Automatic, continuous backup software Ultra-fast transfer rates USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility WD Security WD Drive Utilities No power adapter required WD quality inside and out
  • Package Contents: Windows To Go ready portable hard drive USB cable Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBHEZ5000ABK-NESN
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ1AT9189
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Western Digital newegg WD My Book 1TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Storage WDBACW0010HBK-NESN
  (49)
  •  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 #: WDBACW0010HBK-NESN
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ1002984
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Western Digital newegg Western Digital USB2.0 WD TV Live HD Media Player WDBAAN0000NBK-NESN
  (264)
  •  Full-HD 1080p resolution...
  •  Play a wide variety of f...
  •  Play network and interne...
  • Features: Full-HD video playback and navigation - up to 1080p Play a wide variety of file formats Play videos, music and photos from the Internet on your big screen TV Access media files on your home network WiFi Ready Turn your USB drive into an HD media player Play media seamlessly from multiple USB drives Transfer files easily Show photos and movies directly from your digital camera or video camera HDMI 1.3, composite video and component video output SPDIF digital output Interface: Ethernet, HDMI, Composite A/V, Component video, USB 2.0 File Formats Supported: Video - AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9 Photo - JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG Audio - MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Dig...
  • Model #: WDBAAN0000NBK-NESN
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ20D8022
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Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 750GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC707XK3A1 Black
  •  Access & Share your cont...
  •  True portability for the...
  •  Complete backup solution...
  • RPM: 5400 RPM
  • Cache: 8MB
  • Average Seek Time: 12ms
  • Dimensions: 4.37" x 3.11" x 0.59"
  • Model #: HDTC707XK3A1
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Matsunichi newegg Matsunichi 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable External Hard Drive DM256-BK-1TB Black
  (26)
  •  Transferring files in bl...
  •  Connecting to USB 2.0 de...
  •  Adding extra storage for...
  • Dimensions: 5.39" x 3.34" x 0.63"
  • Features: 2.5" Ultra Thin & Light Design Amazing Plastic Shell Design USB 3.0 Ultra Speed Data Transfer OS support: Windows/ Linux
  • Model #: DM256-BK-1TB
  • Item #: N82E16822706010
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Western Digital newegg Western Digital Elements SE 1TB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive
  (152)
  •  WDBABV0010BBK-NESN
  •  USB 2.0
  •  2.5"
  • Dimensions: 5" x 3.1" x 0.6"
  • Weight: 7.05 oz.
  • Features: Maximum capacity - Store all your favorite videos, music, photos, and important files. Still sleek and compact, you can load it up and take it with you anywhere. Compact design - Weighing in at only a few ounces, these small drives fit easily into a pocket or purse. So it's easy to take your digital life with you. WD quality inside and out - Designed with the same commitment to quality that made WD external drives the number one drives in the world. Plug-and-play simplicity - Just plug it into a USB port and you are up and running instantly. USB powered - These drives require no power adapter; they are powered directly through the USB cable. (An optional cable is available for the few computers that limit power from the USB port.)
  • Parts: 1 year limited
  • Model #: WDBABV0010BBK-NESN
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ1T71114
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HGST newegg HGST Touro Mobile Pro 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive 0S03105 Black
  (52)
  •  Fast USB 3.0 Interface
  •  Bus-Powered
  •  Backwards Compatible wit...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Dimensions: 4.96" x 3.15" x 0.6"
  • Weight: 0.4 lbs.
  • Features: Fastest read and write speeds with USB 3.0 Sleek mobile design is perfect for the style-conscious consumer Two levels of protection, with preloaded local and cloud backup software, help keep your content safe Cloud backup enables anywhere, anytime remote access. Upgrade to paid account and receive 250 GB of cloud storage along with iPhone and iPad mobile digital device apps USB 3.0 interface delivers fast transfer speeds
  • Model #: 0S03105
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Western Digital newegg WD Elements 1TB USB 2.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive WDBAAU0010HBK
  (72)
  •  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 #: WDBAAU0010HBK
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Basics 3.0 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive HDTB105XK3AA Black
  (27)
  •  Transfer large media fil...
  •  Backward compatible with...
  •  Internal shock sensor an...
  • RPM: 5400 RPM
  • Cache: 8MB
  • Average Seek Time: 12ms
  • Dimensions: 4.7" x 3.1" x 0.53"
  • Model #: HDTB105XK3AA
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ10M4888
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

LaCie newegg LaCie 4big Quadra 12TB USB 3.0 / 2 x FireWire 800 3.5" External Hard Drive 9000351U
  (4)
  •  USB 3.0 Speed: Up to 245...
  •  Multi-interface for PC/M...
  •  RAID 5 and hot-swap for ...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • RAID: RAID 0/10/5/5+spare
  • Dimensions: 7" x 7.7" x 8.7"
  • Weight: 15.7 lbs.
  • Model #: 9000351U
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ11M0924
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • AUD$1,850.24

Apricorn newegg APRICORN Aegis Padlock DT 1TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive 128-bit AES Encryption ADT-3PL128-1000
  •  Superfast USB 3.0 Connec...
  •  Hardware Encrypted Drive...
  •  High quality aluminum, h...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 8MB
  • Average Seek Time: 12ms
  • Dimensions: 7.2" x 4.5" x 1.5"
  • Model #: ADT-3PL128-1000
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Apricorn newegg APRICORN Aegis Padlock 500GB USB 2.0 2.5" Secure 128-bit AES Hardware Encrypted Portable Hard Drive A25-PL128-500
  (5)
  •  USB 2.0
  •  3 years Manufacturer War...
  • Cache: 8MB
  • Dimensions: 0.75" x 3.3" x 4.7"
  • Weight: 5.5 oz.
  • Features: Convenient ultra-portable design -- Ideal to take between home and the office or on trips Hardware Encrypted Drive - Real-time 128-bit AES encryption seamlessly encrypts all data on the drive, protecting the drive even if it is removed from it’s casing Simple to use PIN Access Administrator Password feature - Ideal for IT departments looking to secure their mobile users, by allowing setup of administrator access to the drive before being distributed to their mobile user(s). Bus powered - Bus powered from standard USB Port Integrated USB cable Extensive Shock Mounting - Protects your data with a 16-point omni-directional shock mounting system Perfect for companies dealing with sensitive information -- The Aegis Padlock is the perfect option for companie...
  • Model #: A25-PL128-500
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ18A5897
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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
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Apricorn newegg APRICORN Aegis Padlock 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive with 128-bit AES Encryption A25-3PL128-1000 Black
  •  A25-3PL128-1000
  •  USB 3.0
  •  2.5"
  • RPM: 5400 RPM
  • Dimensions: 4.7" x 3.3" x 0.75"
  • Weight: 0.39 lbs.
  • Features: Military Grade FIPS PUB 197 Validated Encryption Hardware Encrypted Drive - Real-time 128-bit or 256-bit AES-XTS encryption seamlessly encrypts all data on the drive, protecting the drive even if it is removed from it's casing Administrator Password feature - Ideal for IT departments looking to secure their mobile users, by allowing setup of administrator access to the drive before being distributed to their mobile user(s). Sealed from Physical Attacks by Tough Epoxy Coating Brute Force Self Destruct Feature VTC Technology Software Free Design - Setup takes just minutes Wear Resistant Key Pad Data at Rest Protection Compact, Rugged Design - Perfect for taking your data on the road Bus powered - Bus powered from standard USB Port Integr...
  • Model #: A25-3PL128-1000
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Western Digital newegg WD Elements 3TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBAAU0030HBK
  (4)
  •  WDBAAU0030HBK
  •  USB 2.0
  •  3.5"
  • Parts: 60 days limited
  • Labor: 60 days limited
  • Model #: WDBAAU0030HBK
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ17D0098
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ADATA newegg ADATA SH14 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" Waterproof / Shock-Resistant External Hard Drive ASH14-1TU3-CBK Black
  •  SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Inter...
  •  Military MIL-STD-810F Sh...
  •  IPX4 Water-Resistant Sta...
  • Dimensions: 4.81" x 3.26" x 0.78"
  • Weight: 0.46 lbs.
  • Features: USB 3.0 Read Speed: up to 109.6MB/s Write Speed: up to 107.2MB/s USB 2.0 Read Speed: up to 34.7MB/s Write Speed: up to 29.5MB/s Military MIL-STD-810F Shockproof Standard: Tested at 26 drops on 8 corners, 12 edges, and 6 surfaces individually from a height of 122cm. Afterwards, the SH14 functions normally with no mechanical failures. IPX4 Water-Resistant Standard: The product is put to the test against water penetration with the USB port sealed by the silicone cover. The SH14 is then sprayed with water at all angles at 10 liters/min, at a pressure of 80-100kN/Square meter for 5 minutes. After spray test, the SH14 functions normally and free of mechanical failures. Unique Product design: The exterior is constructed of silicone material is a curved grid pattern that provides a...
  • Model #: ASH14-1TU3-CBK
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ14U8505
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Western Digital newegg WD 2TB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (WDBU6Y0020BBK-NESN)
  (17)
  •  High-capacity in a sleek...
  •  Free backup software tri...
  •  USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 comp...
  • Dimensions: 4.4" x 3.2" x 0.82"
  • Weight: 0.51 lbs.
  • Features: The 2TB Elements Portable Hard Drive from Western Digital quickly and efficiently transfers even the largest files with USB 3.0 connectivity. The integrated USB 3.0 connection provides data speeds up to 5 Gb/s while remaining backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports. This plug-and-play drive comes NTFS formatted for a seamless connection to PCs running Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP; and can be easily reformatted to work with Mac computers.
  • Model #: WDBU6Y0020BBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236519
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SAMSUNG newegg SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black
  (70)
  •  Sleek design
  •  Compact size and streaml...
  •  SafetyKey protection for...
  • Dimensions: 7.11" x 5.09" x 1.85"
  • Weight: 929g
  • 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-D401TDB
  • Item #: N82E16822152420
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Western Digital newegg WD My Book 2TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0020HBK-NESN
  (11)
  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  •  Automatic backup softwar...
  •  Works great with Windows...
  • Dimensions: 6.7"(H) x 5.5"(D) x 1.9"(W)
  • Weight: 1.96 lbs.
  • Features: Up to 3x faster transfer rates Universal connectivity Local and cloud backup System-level backup Secure your files WD Drive Utilities software Works great with Windows 8 WD quality inside and out
  • Package Contents: External hard drive WD SmartWare software (pre-loaded) USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBFJK0020HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236628
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Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Slim II 1TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive for PCs HDTD210XS3E1 Silver
  (14)
  •  Complete backup solution...
  •  Access and Share your co...
  •  True portability for the...
  • RPM: 5400 RPM
  • Cache: 8MB
  • Average Seek Time: 12ms
  • Dimensions: 4.21"(L) X 2.95"(W) X 0.49"(H)
  • Model #: HDTD210XS3E1
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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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