I'm in the market for a portable storage device of a large capacity. I need mininum 100 gigs and it needs to be USB 2.0 capable. I've been backing up my data for years on CDs, then DVDs, now DVD-DLs. I figure I can save a bunch of dough [DVD-DLs are in a pack of 5 for $40, oww.] and not have to worry so much about their condiition [nearly all of my backed up data on DVD-DLs were some how corrupted [:mad:], also it would take me a lot less time to drag and drop to a hardddrive then it would to burn 12 DVD-DLs. Can I get any reccommendations off the bat? I to stick with name brands like Western Digital or Seagate. I was looking at these,
Aren't most portable harddrives just plug and play and drop and drag devices? That's what I'm looking for, something with little or no software to install, no syncing with my computer stuff, just drag and drop storage. I just want to know what kind of selection in this market I'd be able to pick from? Thank you very much.
Needs: * 100 gig minimum space * USB 2.0 compatible * minimum or no software needed for use [plug and play would be best] * Price around $100 US, $120 or $150 would be fine if storage was like 300 or 500 gig
I would die without GF
15th March 2006
If you've ever used a USB pen drive, they act in a similar manner to that. Except that they'll show up as a hard drive, rather than removable storage, obviously. The only difference will be that it's slower to move data than it would be on an internal drive..
Yeah I get that.
So like all external hard drives are just 'plug and play' as well as 'drag and drop?' [that's what I'm hoping for]
I'm too cool to Post
17th July 2003
I use a 60GB laptop drive in a external USB enclosure. Win2000, XP, and Vista all see it without drivers. Win98 IIRC needs drivers intalled first time.
It shows up as a drive letter and I renamed mine Little USB since I have a large USB drive I use at home.
Mine is a build it yourself.
The enclosure cost me $39.99, you can get 2.5" laptop drives from 60GB up to 300GB now, the larger the size the higher the price.
I like the 2.5" USB 2.0 enclosures because they fit in a shirt pocket and dont need a AC adapter, they are powered from the USB port. Just plug it in and go!
I just open the drive folder just like a normal HDD and just drag and drop files.
I have also had same problem with data that burned and read fine, sits in a CD case for 2 years pull it out and it wont read. Very annoying when I have lots of files I want to archive.
OMFG!!! Where am I?!?
4th June 2007
Most good portable storage drives on usb interface don't need software, Windows on the NT or Vista( I don't know what they call it) Kernels will recognize it as plug and play. I have a Western Digital 150 GB external drive, it has software, but I don't need it. Just search on Newegg and read the reviews.
Great, great. I never thought of getting an external hard drive, I was just looking at large USB drives....that's another thing to consider, thanks.