thomasr — 2010-05-17T14:03:11-04:00 — #1
I want to buy an external hard drive to backup my laptop. I only need about 100 GB's and would like to know where to find a cheap name brand?
Also whats the difference between
what should I be looking for? I have a Toshiba laptop.
navidimran — 2010-05-21T11:16:11-04:00 — #2
Western Digital is undoubtedly the best brand in the market for external drives. If you are using an updated OS like Windows 7 then certainly it wil bestow you with the best experience.
alexdawson — 2010-05-18T11:05:52-04:00 — #3
For the price range, you'll get the best value with a USB model (it's slower than Firewire but it'll do the job).
As for models, their all about equal in price these days. I recommend Seagate or Western Digital.
rushiku — 2010-05-17T18:57:52-04:00 — #4
Firewire is the current speed champ, but USB 3.0 is coming and will put an end to that. If your laptop doesn't already have a USB 3.0 compatible port, you needn't concern yourself about it. (hint: it doesn't)
USB 2.0 is slower than Firewire
USB - Ethernet indicates that the drive supports both USB and network connections
USB - Firewire, again, supports both
Before you run out and get a firewire drive, make sure you have a firewire socket on your laptop.
WD has a number of nice externals out there, but I'll leave the researching which one you want to you.
masm50 — 2010-05-18T07:04:29-04:00 — #5
Further to what rushiku says, Firewire ports are relatively rare still on most Windows laptops (and are often a little bit more expensive on external drives), whilst pretty much every laptop/computer will have USB ports.