External HDD: USB2, Firewire, or network?

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  1. zedin

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    So I am shopping for an external HDD but having problems deciding what to get. Basically it boils down to something that is USB2/firewire vs USB2/networkable. My father suggested networkable but not sure if I will be able to access it unless on that subnet (aka in the apartment vs out of town). If I could it would be great. But then if I got firewire I could always use it as a boot device if needed.

    So.. any suggestions between the two?
     
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    im no expert but with out your own server and stuff you wouldnt beable to access it out of the house would go with firewire personaly
     
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    Personally I'd go with USB2/Network - there are drives out there that contain both, but it gets a tad pricey. If I had to pick just one, Id go with a USB2 device. You can also boot off of those, there's a lot more compatibility (If you're on a PC), and if you decide later to hook it up to the network you can buy a NAS (Network Attached Storage) adapter for under $100. So you can have the best of both worlds, a travel drive and a network attached drive. I'm actually going with this route - not only for pictures, but for transferring files from work and such.

    I'll be buying from Newegg like I've done exclusively for the past 7 years - probably get a Linksys NSLU2 Storage adapter and the Western Digital 400GB My Book USB2/Firewire drive.

    I've been in IT for over 10 years now, if that matters any with regards to your views on my opinion. But that's what I'll be getting.
     
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    I've heard really good things about Buffalo. The Link Station is a solid product, but consider if you'll have power available to you or not - if you won't have an outlet close, might want to go with what I'm doing.
     
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    They problem I see is that the travel drives cost soo much more for the space you get. I would think if I am traveling my HDD space on laptop should suffice if I don't have power outlet. Most all of the regular extrnal HDDs require a seperate power source (like the mybook.. although I am leaning towards it).
     

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