15th December 2003, 03:37 PM
ext. HD queries.
Posting the same query in HWZ..
however, i find CSers to be more responsive,
ok..i need to get an ext. HD (2.5") with a desired capacity of at least 40GB.
which brand shd i go for?
and how much shd i expect to pay along with a casing?
Does the speed of the HD still matter since it is an ext. one used primarily for backing up data?
And if i dun manage to find out myself..
wat does SATA and PATA mean?
Last edited by jherek; 15th December 2003 at 03:40 PM.
15th December 2003, 03:56 PM
I'm guessing around 200~300 about there. Casing itself is around 100. 40gb HDD is fast becoming outdated, mostly you will see 80gb ones in packages. Got for Western Digital, Maxtor or Seagate, these are pretty established brands and quite reliable. If its just for backup, speed is good to have but no essential.
SATA and PATA are 2 types of wiring cables for comps if I'm not wrong. SATA is fairly new standard to replace the wide cables with thinner ones, but if your hardware doesn't support it then you might need to get a card for it. PATA i'm not sure what it is.
15th December 2003, 04:17 PM
SATA and PATA?
Well, i guess they mean Serial Advanced Technology Attachment and Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment
16th December 2003, 12:31 AM
pata are the hard disks we have been using all these years
sata are newer with thinner cables and supported only in the newer motherboards. performance wise there isn't a whole lot of difference currently although many new hdd are now released in sata
as for speed, it isn't too important for data backup since even slower ones nowadays have no problems transferring at USB1.0/2.0/firewire speeds
16th December 2003, 12:54 AM
16th December 2003, 12:55 AM
get a cheap casing (less than $16 for a USB2.0@ http://page.auctions.shopping.yahoo....1?aucview=0x30 ) and any 2.5" harddisk.... I've bought several things (USB 2.0 casing for 3.5" drive, USB hub, USB IR) from the guy and they worked fine