I have my laptop here with a 40 gig harddrive [I know, I know it's small] and I have about 7.50 gig of 3dsmax files that I access on a regular basis but I'm running out of space. I was wondering about external storage devices. I was looking at this. What do you think? I wouldn't need any more than maybe 12 gigs essentially, but with this 80 gig version I could store all my music on there too and that sweetens the deal IMO.
Can't you just upgrade your laptop with a "bigger" hdd ? Also, do you need to access all those files only for reading (then DVDs may be fine) or both reading and writing ?
I would rather purchase a portable device than buy a new HDD [This is my thread....]
My DVD/CD writer doesn't work and I'd be limited to 4.7 gig on a DVD anyways...
In case you didn't read my thread, I want advice on external storage devices with sizes ranging from 40 gig and up but under $200. Thanks.
And what kind of external device do you expect to have this size (and be easy to use) except a HDD ? ^^
Jill was only suggesting cheaper and/or superior alternatives, there's no need to do the whole "Read my thread properly" thing. If you're using it with a laptop, you'll probably want something a little more compact? e.g. Newegg.com - Seagate Portable ST9100801U2-RK 100GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache USB 2.0 External Hard Drive - Retail
It's more expensive, but it is smaller and doesn't need mains power. It may be available in smaller capacities, which would make it cheaper - I didn't really look.
The drive you link to in your first post (the western digital) is a great drive (I own the 500gig model). But it shure as hell ain't portable. Go with the drive Archaon recomends if you want to stay mobile with your laptop.
Biggest bang for your buck. Ultra 3.5" Mini Portable USB 2.0 Firewire External Hard Drive Enclosure ULT31310 at TigerDirect.com Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE WD2000JB 200GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
Buy both of those. The drive itself doesn't need to be that one. But the point is you can buy a 50$ 200+ gb hard drive and use it as an external. Maybe you can find a better deal for a case to save more money. The one I linked is good but is only IDE.