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Factors To Consider When Purchasing External Hdd


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What infos i need to know if my mobo can support it
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well if if its internal it has nothign to do with your motherboard

second:
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???


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Cos im thinking of using it on my future laptop. Im using for movies and music storage so it'll be more convenient.

I dont think it can support SATA.

heres some info that might be useful, lmk if i need others posted.

Field Value
BIOS Properties
BIOS Type AMI
System BIOS Date 05/24/04
Video BIOS Date 04/19/01

BIOS Manufacturer
Company Name American Megatrends Inc.
Product Information http://www.ami.com/amibios
BIOS Upgrades http://www.esupport.....m?refererid=40

Problems & Suggestions
Suggestion Are you looking for a BIOS Upgrade? Contact eSupport Today!
Suggestion System BIOS is more than 2 years old. Update it if necessary.
Suggestion Video BIOS is more than 2 years old. Update it if necessary.




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CPU Properties
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)

CPU Physical Info
Package Type 453 Pin PGA
Package Size 4.95 cm x 4.95 cm
Transistors 37.5 million
Process Technology 6Mi, 0.18 um, CMOS, Cu
Die Size 128 mm2
Core Voltage 1.75 V
I/O Voltage 1.6 V
Typical Power 41.3 - 64.3 W (depending on clock speed)
Maximum Power 46.1 - 72 W (depending on clock speed)

CPU Manufacturer
Company Name Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Product Information http://www.amd.com/u....30_118,00.html

CPU Utilization
CPU #1 0 %



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Motherboard Properties
Motherboard ID 62-0524-001131-00101111-040201-VIA_K7$KM266_MS8158EC SERIES 05/24/2004
Motherboard Name Matsonic MS8158D/E

Front Side Bus Properties
Bus Type DEC Alpha EV6
Bus Width 64-bit
Real Clock 100 MHz (DDR)
Effective Clock 200 MHz
Bandwidth 1600 MB/s

Memory Bus Properties
Bus Type DDR SDRAM
Bus Width 64-bit
Real Clock 133 MHz (DDR)
Effective Clock 267 MHz
Bandwidth 2133 MB/s

Chipset Bus Properties
Bus Type VIA V-Link
Bus Width 8-bit
Real Clock 67 MHz (QDR)
Effective Clock 267 MHz
Bandwidth 267 MB/s

Motherboard Physical Info
CPU Sockets/Slots 1
Expansion Slots 2 PCI, 1 AGP
RAM Slots 2 DIMM
Integrated Devices Audio, Video, LAN
Form Factor Micro ATX
Motherboard Size 190 mm x 240 mm
Motherboard Chipset KM266

Motherboard Manufacturer
Company Name Matsonic, Inc.
Product Information http://www.matsonic....oduct_intel.htm
BIOS Download http://www.matsonic....nload_intel.htm


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If you are buying for use in more than one computer get a self powered USB 3.5 inch drive. By self powered i mean one with its own power adapter. I usually just get a external kit and wait until WD or seagate drives go onsale for cheap. I bought a external kit for $35 and a WD 120 Gig drive for $29 after rebates last year. It has worked fine for me while i was using it. I let a friend borrow it and he somehow messed it up. I was storing 45 gigs of MP3's on the drive. I have been trying different recovery software with no luck so far. Luckily i have most of the music also backed up to CD's. I really don't trust external drives for backup's now as they can fail too. Lately i've been burning backups to DVD's as the hold about 4.4 gigs each.

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.

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Edited by SRX660, 11 September 2006 - 08:52 AM.

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if your getting an external hard drive it has absoulutly nothing to do with your motherboard or inner computer components

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

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Ok ty.

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?
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yes, that is normal. Te reason for the difference is that the HD makers use 1,000,000 as a Gig, and microsoft uses 1,024,000. Technically a kilobyte is 1024 bytes so microsoft uses it. Along with this is formatting puts small files on the drive taking up space. My 80 gig Hd partitioned into 2 partitions shows as 74.48 Gigs in windows.

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The reason for the difference is while the manufacturer may use decimal values, your computer sees binary.
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oic, ok ty! =)
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Don't worry about needing a fan in the external case if it's made from aluminium it will dissipate heat as efficiently (if not better) than a drive inside your PC (and it will be quieter without one). My alumimium external enclosure runs a 300Gb/7200rpm WD drive no problem.

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.

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not true ther are many otherways to add internal hard drives including

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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