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Kyle
2009-02-22, 20:15
I'm looking for a USB HDD for backing up my flac files and moving them between home and beach. My home PC has a separate internal hard drive where I burn and keep my flac files. I have a 250-gig USB device at the beach connected to a laptop running SC that I like to keep up to date by copying to a third HDD at home and using it to update the second system. I use a mirroring program to copy to and from the portable drive. I need at least 250 gigs of space on the portable drive. I like the ease of the USB-powered 2.5-inch drives if they are reliable. I'll only be using the drive occasionally, plugging it in when necessary.

JJZolx
2009-02-22, 21:07
Check out the Apricorn Aegis. I have a Firewire 160 GB, my next one will be USB in a larger size. Shock mounted drive, attached cable, neoprene sleeve. Makes for a very compact and neat package. I dropped mine once in the sleeve from about 4ft and it survived without a problem.

http://www.apricorn.com/product_detail.php?type=family&id=23

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822161034

jsprag
2009-02-22, 22:09
I have two of the Seagate FreeAgent Go drives that have performed very well. Wouldn't hesitate to buy another.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148345

tamanaco
2009-02-22, 22:32
I have a two 1TB WD My Book "Home Ed." with USB, Firewire and Sata ports which have served me well. One is always online and the other is for backup.

The WD 1TB My Book "Essential Ed." which is basically the same drive I have, but with just a USB 2.0 port is on sale for $95

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136186

Goodsounds
2009-02-23, 01:11
I've bought a fair number of USB external drives for myself, family, friends, etc., over the past several years. Drive quality is pretty high these days, although all suppliers can have model or lot problems from time to time. It's the nature of the beast.

The mainstream brands I've gotten - Toshiba, WD, Seagate, etc - have all been trouble-free so far. I frankly don't think there's much difference between them. I know people who have had problems with some of the cheaper and/or less well known makes. All drives die, some sooner than others, but you should be fine with your double backup.

They all go on sale regularly, so don't worry if you miss one sale, there will be another. With the way prices have dropped, they don't quite pay you to take them out of the store but it's close.

Howard Passman
2009-02-23, 02:43
buy one or two BlacX docking stations and use any 2.5 or 3.5 raw hard drive. I carry my drives in VHS boxes, but if you use 2.5 drives you can find something smaller.

The advantage is you can buy as many drives as you want and drives are generally cheaper. If anything goes wrong with a USB drive, most of the timeit has to go back to the manufacturer to get the data off. With a BlacX and a spare drive you can use whatever tricks you can come up with to get the old data off (ie: freezing, etc..)

Anyway, I've found the BlacX at different places for as low as $19.95. They also make one with a 4 port usb hub built in.

I have different drives for different machines, but one handy docking unit.

http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Products.aspx?C=1346

Howard

Kyle
2009-02-27, 07:24
I ended up buying the Aegis 250gb model from newegg. It came yesterday, and I've backed up my music file. Transfer rate is not the fastest, but it seemed to work fine. I like the built-in USB cable and small size. Thanks for the advice.

maggior
2009-02-28, 08:28
There are a few things you can do in some instances to make your camera trip the shutter faster. The camera is spending time trying to calculate, shutter speed, focus, etc.. If you can set the exposure manually, you shorten the time the camera takes to do that. In some cases the exposure doesn't change from shot to shot so you can set it and forget it. Next, if the camera has a manual focus mode and it is easy enough use, then you can use that in cases where you know the focus point. Say you're shooting your kids baseball game. The play is going to be at second base. Manually focus on second and wait for the action to happen there. If you set the focus and exposure ahead of time, the camera will trip very quickly. It takes a bit of thinking for a while, but there are lotsof cases where you can preset focus and exposure and then catch the action. Your other option is to spend $800+ on a camera body. The more you spend the less the lag time.

Howard

So I'm reading along about USB drives and abrupbly the discussion goes to digital cameras! It seems like posts from this thread http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=60696 somehow are being associated with this thread. More screwiness of the forum software?

radish
2009-02-28, 08:53
So I'm reading along about USB drives and abrupbly the discussion goes to digital cameras! It seems like posts from this thread http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=60696 somehow are being associated with this thread. More screwiness of the forum software?

Things like that usually happen when something goes wrong with the mail gateway, all the posts are back where they belong now.