Antique Engines and Old Iron

[Home] - [HELP] - [Forums] - [Groups] - [Classified Ads] - [Subscribe] - [Books] - [Sponsors] -

Go Back   SmokStak > SmokStak® General Discussion > Computer, Camera and ISP Problems
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Notices

Computer, Camera and ISP Problems Solutions for accessing and using the SmokStak® boards. Posting pictures, preventing viruses and solving internet service provider problems.

Computer, Camera and ISP Problems

External Hard Drives.


this thread has 7 replies and has been viewed 1753 times

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-19-2013, 08:32:21 AM
G Willikers G Willikers is offline
Sponsor
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 12,961
Thanks: 12,330
Thanked 29,689 Times in 7,482 Posts
Default External Hard Drives.

Did a recent research trip to Winnipeg. With a couple of side kicks, we spent several days in the archives there and one chap captured a ton of material on his digital camera.
At some point, we want to download this material. I also have a batch more coming from another archive - they have loaded a ton of material on a stick for me. There will be a lot of hi-rez images, etc..
When all this stuff starts arriving, what is the best way of handling it? My old computer may be overwhelmed. I have heard about external hard drives, etc.?
Anyone have any thoughts?
Thanks,
RM
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 11-19-2013, 09:47:49 AM
I like oldstuff I like oldstuff is online now
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Posts: 6,221
Thanks: 1,592
Thanked 7,375 Times in 2,703 Posts
Default Re: External Hard Drives.

External USB drives are the jazz. Plug it in and the computer recognizes it as just another hard drive. No muss no fuss, no problems. You can get some big ones today and they're pretty cheap. Look up external drives and you'll be able to get a terrabyte of storage for $60-80 bucks. And that's a ton of data!

One neat thing about them is if you want to show a bunch of pictures etc., to friends at their house, you just toss it in your pocket and plug it into their computer or smart tv and away ya go.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to I like oldstuff For This Post:
  #3  
Old 11-19-2013, 10:07:34 AM
Al Illinois Al Illinois is offline
Registered-I
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Oquawka, Illinois USA
Posts: 27
Thanks: 81
Thanked 32 Times in 15 Posts
Default Re: External Hard Drives.

I just bought a name-brand "Seagate" from Wally for $69. It is 1 Terabyte. That is 1000 Gigabyte. They were cheaper than Staples. I only had 1 USB port on the front of my PC, so I also bought a 4-port USB splitter, so I wouldn't have to crawl behind my PC. Completely idiot-proof. Plug it in & go. Al Louck
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Al Illinois For This Post:
  #4  
Old 11-19-2013, 10:47:28 AM
KenHilliard KenHilliard is offline
Registered-II
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Sacramento, CA USA
Posts: 80
Thanks: 0
Thanked 16 Times in 15 Posts
Default Re: External Hard Drives.

Get a usb that is backward compatible to run 2 which you probably already have. Many new usb drives also support usb 3 and it is as fast or faster than any system for running traditional internal or external hard drives. So I can put all the data on my usb using 2 for the current computer and later when I get a new computer I can also use usb 3 which is way easier than any internal or external hard drive. A few years ago I bought an external esata drive to avoid all these problems if my computer failed and I had to move to a new computer. Now that usb 3 is available, esata is no longer on new systems since the usb is faster and easily transportable.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to KenHilliard For This Post:
  #5  
Old 11-19-2013, 06:19:48 PM
oldtractors's Avatar
oldtractors oldtractors is offline
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Iowa Falls, Iowa, USA
Posts: 1,620
Thanks: 1,725
Thanked 1,901 Times in 778 Posts
Default Re: External Hard Drives.

Buy a USB hard drive, back up your entire computer. Put the hard drive in a Zip lock bag and store it somewhere. Shop, glove box in your car, or safety deposit box at the bank. Next year, retrieve your hard drive and back up the computer again.
__________________
Jim Evans
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to oldtractors For This Post:
  #6  
Old 11-19-2013, 09:54:50 PM
Elden DuRand's Avatar
Elden DuRand Elden DuRand is offline
In Memory Of
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Port St. Joe, Florida, USA
Posts: 7,833
Thanks: 13,116
Thanked 7,886 Times in 2,965 Posts
Default Re: External Hard Drives.

I agree that the USB external hard drives are a world away from the old DOS routine of going into CMOS and entering the drive characteristics then doing the partioning and formatting.

I recently bought a $20 external HDD case and stuck my extra 1TB drive in it.

It's plugged into a USB port and when I want to do a backup, I simply flip the power switch on the back of the drive and within seconds, I'm in business.

Ain't this-here teknologie wunnerful er whut?
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
Take care - Elden
http://www.eldensengines.com
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Elden DuRand For This Post:
  #7  
Old 11-20-2013, 11:13:39 PM
G Willikers G Willikers is offline
Sponsor
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 12,961
Thanks: 12,330
Thanked 29,689 Times in 7,482 Posts
Default Re: External Hard Drives.

Thanks for the help and advice everyone.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-23-2013, 08:32:31 PM
Craig A's Avatar
Craig A Craig A is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Wisconsin, USA
Posts: 15,515
Thanks: 16,771
Thanked 20,737 Times in 6,002 Posts
Arrow Re: External Hard Drives.

I have 4 extra drives.
2 Seagate 500 gig usb drives, an older 60 gig Maxtor external drive and a 500 gig Western Digital internal sata hard drive labeled as "backup".
The last one is fast.......I mean F A S T.......
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Craig A For This Post:
Reply

Bookmarks


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

F o r u m Jump

Similar Threads Chosen at Random
Thread Thread Starter F o r u m Replies Last Post
Computer Backup to External Hard Drive Jim Tremble Computer, Camera and ISP Problems 8 09-29-2011 11:38:53 AM
Looking for a guy that drives a school bus to Portland JKWidener Hit & Miss Gas Engine Discussion 3 07-15-2011 03:59:38 AM
Thoughts on line drives Avery22x36 Blacksmithing and Metallurgy 7 08-18-2010 09:29:04 AM
External Hard Drives makes backup files easy Peter Computer, Camera and ISP Problems 6 07-07-2010 04:25:33 PM


Use "Ctrl" mouse wheel to change screen size.
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:30:36 AM.

Smokstak and Enginads site search!


All use is subject to our TERMS OF SERVICE
SMOKSTAK® is a Registered Trade Mark - A Community of Antique Engine Enthusiasts
Copyright © 2000 - 2019 by Harry Matthews P.O. Box 5612 - Sarasota, FL 34277