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Help me find a good exteranl hard drive

The current external hard drive I have is "WD' brand that I got at best buy and I'm not happy with it. I am looking for a external hard drive that is easy to use for someone not that great with computers and I can back up my computer with it, that has the ability to be encrypted, is reliable, is ideally available locally at a place like best buy, must have a metal case, not a plastic one (the one I have now heats up and smells like burning plastic) Also bonus points if it has a fan in it. I have a PC not a mac, so it should be for a PC. Also I am not sure if I want to but one of those large external hard drives you leave attached or the smaller pocket sized one so any pro's and con's of both would be great.
posted by john123357 on Dec 6, 2013 - 15 answers

What's the best 3.5 inch disk drive these days?

I need a 3.5 inch disk drive to read some old documents on my Mac. The SmartDisk drive I just bought on Amazon was not well made, and today after very little use the drive head just fell out the front like a broken tooth. Can anyone recommend a more sturdy floppy disk drive? Would it be better to just get an enclosure for an old PC drive?
posted by steinsaltz on Jul 8, 2013 - 7 answers

A hard drive is good to find

Recommend an external hard drive? I'm looking for something in the 500GB range, Windows (XP) format, UBS 2.0 or earlier. Thanks!
posted by The Ardship of Cambry on Mar 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Recommendations for Windows backup software?

Recommendations for Windows backup software? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Dec 17, 2010 - 3 answers

How can I sync two hard drives that are not connected to the same PC?

How can I sync two hard drives that are not connected to the same PC? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Nov 13, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I connect a USB header device?

How do I hook up an internal card reader with USB header connection, when I don't have a USB header connection on my motherboard? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Feb 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Saving my PC's Optical Drive

Is there a way to selectively disable the CD/DVD drive in my computer? [more inside]
posted by brandman on Feb 22, 2009 - 8 answers

Why does external drive keep switching back to read-only setting?

I have an external usb drive running off my Windows 7 computer. It keeps switching back to Read-Only, so when I try to send files to it, it merely appends a file and adds a number to its name, instead of re-writing the entire file. I've tried to change it back, but it does not stay changed. The minute I refresh the page, the read-only status comes back! Is there some setting I'm missing? Is there something in Windows 7 that's causing this to happen?
posted by noir on Feb 11, 2009 - 2 answers

Can I use the B: drive on my PC?

Can I use B: as a drive letter, on a modern windows PC, without messing things up? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Sep 29, 2008 - 11 answers

Small Form Fact PC needed in my living room

I am tired of the P4 Intellistation that picked out of the trash. For some reason all my hard disks keep breaking. I am really tired of having to constantly open up my computer and buying new disks. I'm in the market for a cheap, small Linux PC that can stream HD content over the network. Is there such a thing? Kind of like a Mac mini but not so expensive or powerful. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza on Dec 5, 2007 - 13 answers

Syncing up 2 USB Hdd on a Mac and Font converting software (PC to Mac)

Syncing up 2 USB Hdd on a Mac and Font converting software (PC to Mac) [more inside]
posted by spinko on Nov 27, 2007 - 4 answers

Help me do a brain transplant on my Mom's PC.

How do I move everything from one OEM XP Pro PC to another? Confused by posts I've found. [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Nov 26, 2007 - 8 answers

Drive distopia

Vista disk space filter: What's eating 190 GB on my computer? [more inside]
posted by gavia on Nov 3, 2007 - 8 answers

Learning to live with craptacular.

Will my data transfers stop timing out if I upgrade my laptop's DVD-RW drive? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Oct 16, 2007 - 1 answer

How do I get files off my PC when all I have is a MAc laptop?

I have a Mac laptop, which replaced my PC which I used for many years.....I recently found out that there is some files and such on my PC that I need to take of my computer and store onto my new external hard drive....Yes, I should of did this before hand.... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Sep 20, 2007 - 12 answers

Homemade DVD server- Whats the best/easiest/cheapest way?

Homemade DVD server- Whats the best/easiest/cheapest way? [more inside]
posted by weiler63 on Jul 12, 2007 - 17 answers

usb vs external drive from mac to pc

Why can I use a usb drive interchangeably between my Mac and PC, but not an external drive? [more inside]
posted by horsemuth on Jan 11, 2007 - 8 answers

Data Recovery in Londres

I need to find people who can recover data from a broken hard-drive (featured previously here) I am in London (London, England that is) but Googling brings up such an array of hits I don't know how to choose. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi on Feb 8, 2006 - 10 answers

Broken HD

My external USB Hard Drive is freezing my PC! [more inside]
posted by Kiwi on Jan 12, 2006 - 4 answers

I am going to eat my own left leg if I can't sort this.

How can I access my hidden external Hard Drive data? PLEASE HELP or I might have to cry my ass off, and that's harder than it sounds [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean on Jan 12, 2006 - 14 answers

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