What this boils down to is, I want to have some sort of method of being able to have copies of my files that is reliable and simple. For all my writings and my pictures, I use two flash drives that are extremely simple. All I do is plug them into the USB port, go to My Computer, double-click the flash drive itself, and it pops up as a window filled with all my stuff. Just a simple series of folders and files, similar to if you just opened up My Documents.
But I don't have enough room on those flash drives, obviously, to take into account 30 gigs of music or whatever, and I don't want to buy 20 flash drives and spend 400 bucks or anything lol. So I was trying to figure out a good way of keeping backup files. I'm hesitant to buy an external hard drive because I don't need it to actually act as a hard drive itself - (ie, I don't need to install and run programs on it) - and it seems like most external hard drives are meant for that purpose. It also seems like a lot of EHDs are made for people that hook it up 24/7 for the space. On top of that, I keep seeing all these reviews for them that say that once you plug it in, they automatically re-sync every file from the hard drive BACK on the computer again. I wouldn't want that. If I wanted all the music to be on my computer and a backup, I'd just have them on the computer and the mp3 player, you know?
Ideally, I'd like to get something with a lot of storage capacity (100gb would be more than enough for me as I'm not running a business or anything) that isn't pricey and just acts like a simple flash drive. No need for installing weird programs to run. I don't want to have to keep re-syncing things back onto my computer because the music itself I'd like to just throw on a separate drive and delete off my computer itself and keep it that way - unless of course, I wanted to simply transfer it over.
Sorry for how long this is, but I just wanted to be clear that I'm not interested in buying some hard drive that I need to have plugged into my computer 24/7 - nor do I want to have some hard drive that forces me to put stuff back onto my computer (or vice versa, doesn't allow me to keep a copy if I so chose to) - nor do I want to just buy a buttload of CD-Rs or Lexar JumpDrives lol.
Any suggestions? I'd really appreciate it.