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    I have been backing up and saving all my files on long life CD's and memory sticks but I would now like to compact all these into an external hard drive. Can any member recommend/suggest an external hard drive for my desk top computer. I use windows Vista. I might mention that I still have got all my files-documents and pictures on my computer still.

    Many thanks

    Nathaniel
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    Re: Back up hardware- External hard drive

    Hi Nat

    Just pop along to PC world and take a look at what they have, they're all fairly cheap now so it all depends on how much storage you require.
    I use a 1TB seagate but have used other makes and models without any problems and all you need to do is just plug them into the usb port(they come with the cable) and away you go no messing around with any software so ready to use straight away.

    Paul
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      #3
      Re: Back up hardware- External hard drive

      Nat,

      You might want to consider setting up your own "Cloud" using a NAS (Network Accessible Storage) device such as manufactured by Western Digital. For extra security you can buy one with dual RAID (duplexed) drives so that you can recover your data if one drive fails. Your cloud can also be accessed remotely through the internet should you wish to do this.
      Russell
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        #4
        Re: Back up hardware- External hard drive

        Nat,

        I use a seagate 1TB drive. I did hear somewhere the other day that it is a good idea to backup your external drive every 10 years aswell as the data can be lost over time. If you wanted to go the whole hog I would get a NAS system basically a housing that can hold more than one hard drive and automatically backs things up to each drive installed or which ever drive you choose.

        Having said this if you are just looking to replace your CD's and just have 1 external drive I can recommend Seagate and Western Digital drives I have used both and have had no issues with them. I would suggest that if you have a USB3 output on your computer that you get a USB3 compatible drive as the write/read speeds are a lot quicker
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          #5
          Re: Back up hardware- External hard drive

          I use a 4tb Samsung usb drive - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Slim.../dp/B00ZQXP3Q2

          loads of space for all your photos and docs
          :- Ian

          5D Mk III, 24-105 / 70-200 f2.8 L / 100-400 Mk II / 100 macro / 16-35 L / 11-24 L / 1.4 & 2x converters and a bad back carrying it all ;o)

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            #6
            Re: Back up hardware- External hard drive

            Originally posted by Tigger View Post
            I use a 4tb Samsung usb drive - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Slim.../dp/B00ZQXP3Q2

            loads of space for all your photos and docs
            I use same drive but have 2 and use free bit of software to mirror first to second.
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              #7
              Re: Back up hardware- External hard drive

              Originally posted by antoeknee View Post
              I use same drive but have 2 and use free bit of software to mirror first to second.
              its a great little unit, just plug it into the usb and no mains required, then drag files.. I back that up as well but needed a large drive
              :- Ian

              5D Mk III, 24-105 / 70-200 f2.8 L / 100-400 Mk II / 100 macro / 16-35 L / 11-24 L / 1.4 & 2x converters and a bad back carrying it all ;o)

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                #8
                Re: Back up hardware- External hard drive

                Many thanks for all your good advice. I will call round my local PC world and see what they have got- just to get an idea.
                Canon 6D; Canon 760D;Canon G15;Canon 40mm f2.8(Pancake);Canon 50mm f1.8(ii); Canon 17mm-40mm f4L;Canon EF-S 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM;Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 STM lens;Canon 24mm-105mmf4L IS;Canon 70-300mm f4-f5.6 L IS USM;Kenko 1.4x HD TC;Canon 430EX ii flash;Giottos tripod;Manfretto monopod;Cokin P filters + bits and pieces!

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                  #9
                  Re: Back up hardware- External hard drive

                  Originally posted by Nathaniel View Post
                  Many thanks for all your good advice. I will call round my local PC world and see what they have got- just to get an idea.
                  save yourself the trip Nat and check online with PC world, you may well find buying via Amazon is a lot cheaper
                  :- Ian

                  5D Mk III, 24-105 / 70-200 f2.8 L / 100-400 Mk II / 100 macro / 16-35 L / 11-24 L / 1.4 & 2x converters and a bad back carrying it all ;o)

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                    #10
                    Re: Back up hardware- External hard drive

                    Originally posted by antoeknee View Post
                    I use same drive but have 2 and use free bit of software to mirror first to second.
                    Anthony - which bit of free software?
                    John Liddle

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                      #11
                      Re: Back up hardware- External hard drive

                      Nat didn't we discuss all this over 12 months ago and you are still using CD's to back up

                      External hard drives are so cheap these days in the long term they work out much cheaper than CD's and arnt as prone to failure

                      PC world is the place to check out - I have been using 2 tb WD Elements drives, one as the main and a second one as backup, Dee has 2 for hers as well - they were only around 50 each

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                        #12
                        Re: Back up hardware- External hard drive

                        There are quite a few but I use Syncback. There are both free and paid versions. Easy to set up too.

                        Nat, generally I'd say forget PCWorld as prices are too high unless you happen on a special offer. Amazon will usually have same or better for a lot less.
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                          #13
                          Re: Back up hardware- External hard drive

                          Another drive to consider is the Western Digital My Passport Wireless drive.

                          While I think the wireless part is a waste of time (for me anyway), it still functions as a standard USB drive. It also has a built in SD card reader and a built in battery, so it allows you to back up your memory card in the field without a computer. It's a bit more expensive than a standard external USB drive, but I think it's worth it for the added flexibility.

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                            #14
                            Re: Back up hardware- External hard drive

                            Actually just checked and these were drives I got.

                            3TB and 76

                            http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...rch_detailpage
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                              #15
                              Re: Back up hardware- External hard drive

                              Anthony - thanks for identifying the software.
                              John Liddle

                              Backwell, North Somerset - "Where the cider apples grow"

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