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Old 10-13-2010, 09:34 PM   #1
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Default Internal vs external HD for backup

I need to get an extra HD for backup. What is the difference between getting an external USB HD and sharing it on a network or getting an internal HD and sharing it?
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Old 10-13-2010, 10:31 PM   #2
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Default Re: Internal vs external HD for backup

The largest (and in my oppinion only) disadvantage of an external drive for backups is speed. Particularly USB externals take forever to backup a large amount of data. Internal drives, or external drives that have an ESATA port (if your computers support it) are the best performers.

My preference is to go with external drives for security. Typically, when your done backing up you unplug the drive and store it somewhere. That keeps your data save in the event of a power surge or a very serious virus attack which is something internal drives are not protected against.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:15 AM   #3
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Default Adding eSata card

Is it possible to add an eSATA card? My MB supports SATA but have no external ports. I do have a firewire port and could get an external firewire drive. Any thoughts on speed, USB vs Firewire?
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Default Re: Internal vs external HD for backup

There are eSATA cards out there but I'm not sure how much they cost. Firewire is faster than USB2.0 (which I'm willing to be is what your computer has) but I'm not sure how it stacks up against the new USB3.0 standard.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:32 AM   #5
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Default Re: Internal vs external HD for backup

I would go with external.. They same alot more safe if you store it right. I found an eSATA adapter card on newegg for you. Newegg seems to always be the cheapest to me!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816132007
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Default Re: Internal vs external HD for backup

Hey someone explain the ESATA like how does it work..like i know what external hard drive is i have one..but if i pull up from new egg a SATA External Hard Drive doesnt like give you how much data it holds or somthing.

Fro Example this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-140-_-Product
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:46 AM   #7
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Default Re: Adding eSata card

That is not a extrenal drive at all. That is a drive encloser. That means you can use your current drive. That specific model is for laptop HDD. In other words if u had an old laptop HDD laying around, you could turn it into a external USB hard drive. So thats just an empty case with a little bit of wires. No hard drive.
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