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DennConn

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:tazz: I have a Dell 8400 Dimension, Pentium 4 CPU 3.6GHZ, 2.0 GB Ram, Maxtor 250 GB Internal Drive. After my internal drive Crashed (6 Months old), I had the drive replaced. I am now up and running now on XP Pro, but just bought an Additional 300 GB SATA Internal Drive for the second slot. I don't plan to be without a backup. I also bought a Seagate 300GB External Drive(One button Push Backup). I do not want to be caught again.

However after reading numerous totally negative reviews on the Seagate External Drive, and how it failed to work after a few weeks and months, I am about to return the box (Still unopened) and get a nother external drive. I looked at the Maxtor II one button back up, but it too has so many negative reviews I hesitate to buy that. Where can I find good information on which external back up drive is the best and most reliable. Arn't these hard drive manufacturers thinking quality?? I know you might not be able to recommend one, but I don't want to buy one and have it crash on me. Any suggestions. ??? :)
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There seem to be a lot of bad reviews on the ultra-large drives that are being made right now. Probably the best course is just to turn your backup drive off when not loading to or from it.
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Thanks Tyger I tend to agree, I have searched the internet for almost three days, and the reviews on the 250 and 300 to 400 GB External Drives have a 95 percent totally negative rating. out of about 25 reader reviews on some of them over 20 of them rated most drives in the 1 to 2 range out of a possible 10.

I think I am going to return my seagate 300GB external drive and get my money back. Don't the manufacturers read these reviews? :tazz:

thanks again for your thoughts
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Hi. I looked at a multitude of reviews too, and then decided to get an enclosure that I could put the hd of my choice in. I presently have 4 such units, all working very well. You can get usb, firewire or combo enclosures.
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I started thinking this way too.
I just saw a few enclosures that I thought would do that.
What type did you get, and can you add multiple drives in them. I assume you get a internal drive and the enclosure had the connection for firewire to connect that way.
do you have a web site that evaluates enclosures?
Perhaps I can find one at frys?

Thanks for the great idea. I think I will take my expensive piece of "Junk" as others have called it, and exchange it for an enclosure and a internal hard drive.

Might work better.

thanks again
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I used google and searched for "hard drive enclosure". Today such a search turns up over a million hits. I got my first enclosure from http://www.xpcgear.com/enclosures.html It was a USB2/Firewire combo. I got a Samsung 160 G hd to put in it. Next one I got was ADS USB2, from my local Walmart! I put a 250 G Western Digital hd in it. My local CompUSA had an enclosure, but I liked the one at Walmart better! Lots to choose from. This is the way to go.
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