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    Question External Harddrive...

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    Looking for a new hardisk, going to go external as i already have 2 internal ones.

    Interested in these newer ones you can plug directly into the TV, so i can play "internet sourced" movies on the TV directly from the hardisk.

    As big as possible aswel 750gb-1tb as i will be editing HD film content on it

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    Re: External Harddrive...

    You'l get a better responce posting this in hardware.

    https://forums.hexus.net/pc-hardware-components/

    The only experience ive got with external hard drives is my 250gb seagate freeagent, not sure wat the bigger ones are like, but mines ok.

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    Re: External Harddrive...

    There's ones that can plug into TVs now? Cool

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    Re: External Harddrive...

    This harddrive will plug straight into your TV, but isn't suitable for HD editing. For that you want a harddrive with an eSATA or FW800 interface (and the suitable port on your PC). Suitable drives are here, here, here and here. You could try using a USB2 drive for HD editing, it's perfectly possible, but you'd need a lot of patience.

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    Re: External Harddrive...

    Some (if not all) TVs with a hard disk use a version of Linux for their OS and the hard drives are formatted to ext2 or 3 filee system, which windows won't read. (I can and do play back an external drive from my TV directly on a Linux system using Xine - it is ext2 formatted.)
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    Re: External Harddrive...

    If you ideally wanted an internal by the way, you could just put it in a cooling bay, and then it would fit in a 5.25 inch slot. Assuming you have one of those free.

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    Re: External Harddrive...

    Quote Originally Posted by acrobat View Post
    If you ideally wanted an internal by the way, you could just put it in a cooling bay, and then it would fit in a 5.25 inch slot. Assuming you have one of those free.
    Whats a cooling bay? would it go where a DVD drive could go as i have free space there,

    Thanks for those links some nice options but no TV support?
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    Re: External Harddrive...

    Quote Originally Posted by marman View Post
    Whats a cooling bay? would it go where a DVD drive could go as i have free space there,
    Yep! Thats exactly where it would go

    The cooling bay is also called a "Caddy". Its basically just a metal box that you put your hard disk into. The heat that the disk gives off, is transferred to the metal of the box, so it helps keep troublesome hot hard disks cooler. And because the box is bigger, they usually are slotted into the 5.25inch bays (which is where you put DVD drives).

    Heres a list of some at Scan.

    They may have more than that. That was just one page under the hard disks link called "caddies". A lot of them have fans in the front too, to blow air onto the disk.

    NOTE: You would need to check that you have a spare power connector from your PSU to power the hard disk, and a spare SATA port on your motherboard. But if you only have a couple of hard disks already, then theres a good chance there will be the power and SATA slots for a third. The plus side, is that a hard disk plugged directly into the PC like that, is MUCH faster than an external hard disk plugged into the USB ports.
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    Re: External Harddrive...

    Right so i can buy a normal HDD (sata like my others, and put it in spare bay, do i need an adapter from 3.5 to 5?

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    Re: External Harddrive...

    Quote Originally Posted by marman View Post
    do i need an adapter from 3.5 to 5?
    Nope. The caddy thing is always bigger than the disk itself. So you just fit the disk into the caddy, and then the caddy (with disk inside) goes into the big 5.25inch drive bay

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