PORTABLE HARD DRIVES… THE LOW DOWN ON BACK-UP.
# 1: You’ve loaded every digital picture you’ve
ever taken on your computer. Years of priceless vacation, birthday
party and holiday photos are all located in one convenient place.
Convenient that is, as long as your hard drive doesn’t fail.
Hard drive capacity is measured in Gigabytes (GB). So while shopping for a hard drive, the key is to buy as many gigabytes as your budget allows. The average hard drive capacity for a new desktop computer is between 100GB and 160GBs, the average for a laptop is between 40GB and 60GBs. Depending on what you plan to back-up (your entire computer vs selected files), you can buy accordingly. The following table will give you an idea of the number of songs, photos, video, and games you can store on some of the more popular capacities.
speaking, if you’re a gamer, own a digital camera or digital video
camera, have a large digital music library, or use graphic intensive
software, you want to shoot for a hard drive capacity of 80GB or more.
Features: A popular feature on both Maxtor and Store-It
Drives is a one touch button back-up system. Designed for pure
ease of use, both of these hard drive solutions contain a button
that, once touched, activates the back-up process as previously defined
by you. It doesn’t get any easier than this, and for a few
more dollars it’s a good idea to find a drive that offers such
even smaller travelling storage, there is a USB 2.0 personal storage
device designed for ease of use and plug-and-play compatibility using
a 4GB Hitachi Microdrive as its storage medium. The drive is designed
for ease of use and is plug-and-play compatible with most modern operating
systems including Windows XP and Mac OS X.