New external hard drive
Thread poster: telefpro

telefpro
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Sep 30, 2007

I have just bought an external hard drive of 80 GB. What precautions should I take for good performance?
I have been using a pendrive quite succesfully and it has been a great help. In what way can I benefit from an external drive?

[Edited at 2007-09-30 09:22]


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Mulyadi Subali  Identity Verified
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bigger, less portable Oct 2, 2007

compared to usb flash drive, external hard disk has bigger capacity. but on the other hand, it is less portable than a usb flash drive due to its size.
as for maintenance, as with other drive, it would be defragmenting the drive.


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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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Create a backup schedule Oct 2, 2007

Hi telefpro,

You should definitely use the disk to set up a backup schedule!

If there was no backup software bundled with your drive, Windows has a basic scheduler that works with most external drives.
The scheduler is usually not installed during a standard installation, but is available on your Windows CD as an extra feature.
Read more here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/learnmore/bott_03july14.mspx

Good luck,

Jan


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Katherine Mérignac  Identity Verified
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Not necessarily less portable Oct 2, 2007

Hi Mulyadi,

Not necessarily less portable - I now have a WD Passport (120 Go ... fine for backing up all of my work) programmed for automatic backup every evening and it's about the size of a large business card. Extremely portable. Pleased with it so far.

K


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