External HDD?

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  1. lazarus219

    lazarus219 TPF Noob!

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    hey,
    i was wondering if it would be worth buying an external hardrive, and if anyone here uses them, i started needing to delete photos all the time to have memor for new ones, and i really dont like storing them on cd only. So do you think it would be worth buying an external HDD to store photos?
    And if i get a decent brand one is there really any chance of memory loss from it?
    Thanks!
     
  2. gecko

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    i have 3 hds on my system all internal
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    external hds have the advantage that u can add as many drives as u have usb ports for (or firewire)

    i think if u get another hd like that u should also consider storing your more important photos on cd also

    i mean if loss is important to you
     
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    I dump all my RAW files onto a CD and then onto a firewire external HD. My iBook only has a 20Gb HD, so it didn't take long to eat it up shooting RAW.

    I got the external drive so I'd have a second copy of all my files.
     
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    It'll be way cheaper for you to get more memory than an external HDD! Of course, an external HDD is very good, but you have to ask yourself if you really need it or if there is a way around your problem which is cheaper, unless you just feel like spending the money, no matter what!

    The previous posters are pretty right too; You ought to sort out what pictures are really important to you and store them on a CD. The quality doesn't get better/worse because you store them on an HDD/CD!

    BTW, do you mean memory or HDD space? In any case, it'll be cheaper to get more HDD and/or memory than an external HDD...
     
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    for me i guess the external hd sounds good because i have a laptop AND a desktop
     
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    Yep! In that case it is an advantage to have it! If you are going to transfer data between different computers, you can definitely do with an external. Depending on what additional space you lack/need though, you may want to consider one of those USB keys. They are smaller and store up to a gig, if I'm not too outdated... You can use one of those keys exclusively for pictures. In that way you can bring it to friends too (having it in your shirt pocket!).
     
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    i also like the usb transfer cables they make which lets u network two computers with just a usb cable
     
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    Now I don't follow...
     
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    if u wanna transfer files between two computers u can use a usb cable sorry
    i got side tracked


    what about tape drives?
    they arent too expensive
    and for archival purposes ive heard they are great
     
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    Could you please expound the following terms:

    USB cable

    Tape drives

    Please tell me what the advantages are...
     
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    well a usb cable is merely good for connection two computers, sorry i mentioned it

    and a tape drive is a somewhat long term storage solution that uses removable "tapes" that u can fill up remove and put a new one in
     
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    I don't think that tape drives aren't too expensive (maybe a used one for 120m or something like that) and you would have to buy a scsi controller, tapes, expensive cables etc. (off course there are IDE tape drives, I've heard different things about).

    External HD's are great! (windows/mac/linux compatibility via usb or firewire). I think a external HD is worth it's money. I reccomend everybody Lacie's HD's :)
     

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