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help with external HD's

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by seeking, Aug 13, 2003.

  1. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 233
    i need an external firewire HD, so im looking at ebay right now. theres a few of them that are like 120gb for less than $150, which seems kind of really cheap to me. are these things made out of sugar water and tinfoil, or what?
    i dont need to work from it, just use it for archiving. anyone have any advice?
     
  2. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    seeking...I gotta ask man...why do you want an external HD for archiving? why not a CD or DVD burner?
     
  3. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 233
    maybe 'archiving' isnt the best term for it.
    ive only got 20gb on my laptop, so i need to be able to store all my photos, mp3's, etc. cd's dont have enough room, dvd's get scratched, and its just more of a hassle than i want to deal with. not to mention, way more expensive.
     
  4. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    gotcha....last time I spoke to our IT guy he mentioned the prices had really come down on the externals. check the speeds on it...some are kinda slow. I could probably get some details.
     
  5. nomadawhat

    nomadawhat Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 24, 2001 Messages: 5,001 Likes Received: 2
    from what i understand external hard drives are pretty inexpensive....sounds about right to me...
     
  6. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 233
    what is 'cache buffer' and why would having 8mb be better than 2?
     
  7. nomadawhat

    nomadawhat Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 24, 2001 Messages: 5,001 Likes Received: 2
    thats a quickly accesible area af memory, like frequently used info...
    so its better to have more to run faster so information doesn't have to be stored in regular RAM....

    something like that, but i would wait for confimation from someone else
     
  8. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

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    yeah...nomada has it right. basically its apps that you use on a regular basis...kinda like your start-up page on the internet. the majority of the conthent is already stored on there...so it makes it faster. 8 being better because it can store more "frequently used" info.

    I recommend you get at least a 7200 rpm drive. thats were the speed is gonna come from.
     
  9. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 233
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...1&category=3757

    thats the one im looking at now. its a 7200.
    you know, in case anyone gives a fuck.


    steve, i almost just bought a track bike. some fuji jawn. $600 retail, it went for $250 on ebay. looked pretty shady so i didnt persue it too hard. for a moment though, i had big visions of me finally getting a bike.

    oh, holler if you know someone seeling a set of rims.
     
  10. GLIK$

    GLIK$ Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 23, 2002 Messages: 22,277 Likes Received: 117
    Seeking, I know you're probably not even going to read this post but.

    Here are my two cents. I've never bought electronics off Ebay. I had a friend who did, wasn't happy with result. I've never heard of that brand of HD. If you ask me I'd stick with a site like www.newegg.com or www.pricewatch.com and order a HD off there.
     
  11. nomadawhat

    nomadawhat Veteran Member

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  12. Al Green

    Al Green Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2001 Messages: 8,561 Likes Received: 1
    i have 2 80 gig externals

    1 is a western digital firewire jammie
    which is pretty decent and solid.


    the other which i more frequently use is a Qdisk USB 2 jammie.. which works differently on my laptop then on my tower.

    you know how you can usually choose to eject or unplug peripheral hardware without a problem?
    well ive noticed that the qdisk doesnt like doing that..
    i have to shut down the computer to unplug or plug the thing in.

    dont know why.

    personally i think lacie and western digital are two solid companies... that offer reliable tech goods.

    id suggest buying it from someplace that offers coverage or warranty.

    its always a plus.
     
  13. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 233
    its also twice as much.
    i suppose im being lured in by the cheap prices, but im also pretty broke, so its almost a question of this or nothing at all.
    ive bought all sorts of shit off ebay, and almost always had good experiences. in this case, im sure dude just got a new one, so he's selling the old, not that its broken and he's trying to front. but who knows. i wont make a decision till the last few minutes.
    all i know is that i desperately need one asap. so whatevs.
     
  14. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2000 Messages: 6,979 Likes Received: 2
    warranty?

    a friend bout a Lacie external 120gb and the thing really took a beating.
    I think it fell down some stairs or somthing but he took it into the Lacie
    rep in my city (bypassing the store he bought it at) and they repaired
    the drive to recover the data and then moved all the data to a new drive
    at no cost to him.

    Lacie is my drive of choice.
     
  15. willy.wonka

    willy.wonka Guest

    i thought this was gonna be about human defects.
     
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