Factors To Consider When Purchasing External Hdd
Posted 10 September 2006 - 11:57 PM
why are you purchasing an external hard drive it is heaps better just to get an internal hard drive they are cheaper and better performing.
what is your price range??
and what are the specs of your PC can it support SATA???
Posted 11 September 2006 - 12:44 AM
I dont think it can support SATA.
heres some info that might be useful, lmk if i need others posted.
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CPU Type AMD Athlon XP, 1200 MHz (12 x 100)
CPU Alias Palomino
CPU Stepping A5
Instruction Set x86, MMX, 3DNow!, SSE
L1 Code Cache 64 KB
L1 Data Cache 64 KB
L2 Cache 256 KB (On-Die, Full-Speed)
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Package Type 453 Pin PGA
Package Size 4.95 cm x 4.95 cm
Transistors 37.5 million
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Maximum Power 46.1 - 72 W (depending on clock speed)
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Motherboard ID 62-0524-001131-00101111-040201-VIA_K7$KM266_MS8158EC SERIES 05/24/2004
Motherboard Name Matsonic MS8158D/E
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Bus Type DEC Alpha EV6
Bus Width 64-bit
Real Clock 100 MHz (DDR)
Effective Clock 200 MHz
Bandwidth 1600 MB/s
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Bus Width 64-bit
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Effective Clock 267 MHz
Bandwidth 2133 MB/s
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Posted 11 September 2006 - 08:50 AM
I'm now looking for a self powered 2.5 USB external kit as i was given a USB powered kit that did not work. I check the laptop drive in my desktop with an adapter and it works fine. I guess the USB port just doesn't have enough power for the HD. I know that USB ports are rated a 2.5 watts and the HD is rated at 2.2 watts, but it just don't seem to work because while i was checking with a meter the laptop drive took 4.3 watts to start up. So im looking for a external powered kit.
Edited by SRX660, 11 September 2006 - 08:52 AM.
Posted 11 September 2006 - 11:44 PM
all you have to do is make sure you have a USB slot (which every one does) and it will work fine
look for one that preferably has a cooling fan a large cache size and is 7200 RPM
also i think you can get SATA external harddrives so look for them
Posted 12 September 2006 - 02:39 AM
Just bought a 2.5 inch one, dont think i need a fan for that =p
Its samsung, 100gb, but it shows 93gb. Is this normal?
Posted 12 September 2006 - 07:09 AM
Posted 12 September 2006 - 07:22 AM
Posted 12 September 2006 - 01:46 PM
To the poster who questioned the wisdom of having an external one as opposed to an internal one -- well if your PC is already running 2 hard drives and 2 optical drives with no spare bays left (as in my case), an external one is the only way to add another, plus it can easily be removed and hooked up between different computers if required.
Edited by pip22, 12 September 2006 - 01:49 PM.
Posted 12 September 2006 - 05:11 PM
SATA hard drives which run on different channels (if your motherboard doesnt have SATA slots you can buy a SATA control card)
and you can also buy a IDE control card
all of them are still quicker than external even though they go through a PCI slot
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