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    Recommend a Foolproof External HDD

    Hi All,

    I need to buy an external USB2 HDD for my mum to back up her laptop. Speed isn't an issue - the main requirement is easy-to-use software, preferably even a one-touch backup option. Does anyone have experience of any of the different brands out there?

    I don't really mind which manufacturer, or indeed whether it's 2.5" or 3.5". I'll be buying it from Scan, so preferably something in stock there!

    Thanks!

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    Re: Recommend a Foolproof External HDD

    If portability is not a priority then a 3.5" external will do the job well. However the advantage of a 2.5" external is size and the fact they are bus powered meaning that there is no bulky PSU.

    However the 2.5" drives are also more expensive per GB.

    A good brand would be Buffalo. I have one of their 2.5" external drives(80gb capacity) and I managed to drop an entire Shuttle SFF PC on it(don't ask how I managed to do that). Apart from a crack in the plastic case the drive is still working well over a year later.

    For a 2.5" drive I would go for this one:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/160GB...pm-Bus-Powered


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    Re: Recommend a Foolproof External HDD

    I've had 2 Western Digital externals for over 2 years now and they have run perfect,good back up software supplied with them too.

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    Re: Recommend a Foolproof External HDD

    Thanks guys, opinions much-appreciated! In the end I've gone for a Maxtor model, purely on the basis that it's on TodayOnly, and about £5 cheaper than normal! It's also got a button on the front to perform the backup so I don't need to teach her any new software.

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