Portable external hard drive recommendations?

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    ua935

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    Hi All,

    Looking for some recommendations for an external portable hard drive for use with the Aspire one.

    It will be used for storing photos on an upcoming trip.

    Interested in a 250gb example, done plenty of internet reserarch but am still none the wiser.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Simon
     
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    janss

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    I have a 160 GB Buffalo MiniStation TurboUSB myself and I like it very much.
    You can get it with various sizes: 120, 160, 250, 320 and 500 GB.

    It's small, lightweight, usb powered and has a short cord that can be strapped around it when it's not used. They are usually pretty reasonably priced too.

    Here's a link to Buffalos MiniStation site.
     
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    jackluo923

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    You can get a 250GB WD passport for under $80 nowadays.
     
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    Joe Foe from Buffalo

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    I have a Black Cherry as seen below that I haven't plugged in to my just purchased Acer Netbook that has plenty of space for my present needs with it's 160gb HD. However I have used it on my laptop with zero problems.
    http://www.simpletech.com/parts/fsu25320h.htm
     
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    IMQuestor

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    I have a Maxtor 500 one touch mini
    it comes in 160, 250, 320 and 500 gigs
    got mine for about 125 or so
    I reformated the HDD in my 8 inch Acer Aspire one to get more 'working space'
    and will use the Maxtor for recovery and storage
     
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    jackluo923

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    Since prrice have dropped.. you can get a 320GB external HDD for about $60 USD.
     
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    steven.chien

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    I don't recommend you to just but a HD and uses those cheap made-in-china HD cases, they are very unstable!, I think you should buy some original portable HD by manufactures such as WD and Seagate. I think WD my passport essential is a good choice
     
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    jackluo923

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    Nobody recommend him "cheap" made in china HD cases. A regular made in china case will be fine. :mrgreen:
     
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    I wrote this comment because I really have bad experience on those case. I bought an external HDD for my mac min for time machine, backup, and just after plugging in the HD, problems starts to come. The disk always disappear, which hangs all the time.. The HD is from Seagate, and I think the only problem will be the case. I don't know if mine is a cheap of regular one, but it's the most common type that I can find in computer centers, and as expected, they are made by unknown chinese company.
     
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    I'll give a second recommendation for the WD Passport models. WD hard drives are pretty well known for their quality which is why I bought the Passport.I have a one of their 250GB models and I'm very happy with it. It's a plug and go situation and with all that storage I keep ghost images of a few computers on it, programs installers, music,...anything important. I think you'll find it very handy to have and not just for the AAO.
     
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    No problems with my cheap, unbranded, Chinese 2.5" SATA - USB enclosure here!
     
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    Dear ua935

    I use this 500gb Western Digital unit. However, perhaps you may need a lesser, cheaper, capacity if you don't shoot RAW. I strongly recommend WD.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822136318

    However, may I suggest that you don't overlook the possibility of the computer failing - as happened to me recently - in those circs a cheap old model Wolverine card reader/hard drive might save the day.

    Kind Regards
    ua928
     
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    I am also thinking about purchasing a WD passport (320 Gb). but i have heard that some netbooks can't supply enough power through the usb-ports to keep the WD passport running. Anybody know if that is a problem with the aspire one a110 model
     
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    What i did was get a cheap ide/sata to usb. (both laptop and full size HDD work perfect.)
    Works perfect for me, any hard-drive and cd-rom/dvd rom i threw at it worked.
    (needs a 12v+5V adapter for the larger drives, but only cost a few bucks)
    for around 6 Canadian bucks i can use any drive on my netbook and in the event of the netbook crashing i can pop out the harddrive and back up the files to my desktop with ease.
    Just some ideas for ya.
    Take care and have a nice day.
     
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