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Is there anyting I should watch out for?

     
9:55 am on Oct 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The harddrive on my laptop is full, so its time for a new one.

Instead of throwing the old one away I'm thinking of buying a USB case and adaptor, and using it for backing up data etc.

I've been doing a bit of reading, it appears W2K will recognise the USB drive without installing any drivers, is this right?

What I would like to do (if possible) is fit the new drive in the USB case, format it, copy my files from the old drive (using Ghost2003) and then swap the drives. Has anyone tried this, will it work?

11:01 am on Oct 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I did this and it's been a great little addition. Having 10GB portable drive is great.

win98 doesn't have drivers built in - but you usually get a CD for it. XP, 2000, and recent Linux's do. Try to get a USB2 casing - other than that - it was incredibly easy to put together.

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Instead of throwing the old one away I'm thinking of buying a USB case and adaptor, and using it for backing up data etc.

I purchased an external USB hard drive to use as an external backup device for my Windows XP system. All went well until when trying to d a restore, XP refused to recognise the USB device....

Subsequently I have found USB to be unreliable, not a characteristic one needs for a backup!

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8:53 am on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the comments guys.

One thing I've found (the hard way):-

Make sure your USB port can power the hard drive. My desktop PC can, but my laptop won't!

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Latest update.

Added a powered USB hub, the HDD is now working.

I'm writing this while I wait for Ghost to finish cloning my old drive, fingers crossed!

12:07 pm on Oct 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have several 120gb USB hard drives attached to my system. I love them. Notes:

1) They can definitely be slow.
2) Make sure your systems supports USB 2.0
3) Some recent microsoft patches broke harddrive USB ports, and there are patches to fix that. So if you run into issues, check out the microsoft support site.
4) USB drives are external, so I've found it's more likely they get jostled or pushed around. So be sure they are placed securely.
5) The smaller drives are simply laptop drives mounted in a case. The larger drives are usually standard drives mounted in a case - these always require external power. The smaller ones usually work off USB power. I saw one that requires TWO USB ports - one for communication and one for power.

Hope that helps.
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9:37 pm on Oct 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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supports USB 2.0

where can we verify that?
1:56 pm on Oct 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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supports USB 2.0

where can we verify that?

My case came with USB2 written all over it.

If your computer hub etc. don't support USB2 the drive will switch automatically to 1.1. The only difference is the data transfer rate, which is much slower.

 

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