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#1 Johnny Cool

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 05:47 PM

Adding yet another external hard drive:

Western Digital Passport WDXML800UETN 80GB 5400 RPM External Hard Drive.

Inexpensive, yet very durable. And it will fit in my Bank's vault. Along with my 40 GIG iPod. :w00t:

The two USB flash drives that I have remains in my office.

Hmmm, that gives me a whack of backup capability.

Two external hard drives, 2 USB flash drives, two portable hard drives, and yes, I do have an extra internal hard drive.

And yes, my backup PC has twin 100 GIG hard drives as well.

Total of 980 GIGS worth of hard drives (flash drives, et all).

Lot's of DVD and CDR backups as well.

You know what this means. Yeah, I'm going to lose everthing soon. LOL! :devil:

Edit: Review of that portable Western Digital external coming very soon.

Edited by Johnny Cool, 04 June 2006 - 06:03 PM.


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Posted 05 June 2006 - 02:29 AM

80GB 5400 RPM External Hard Drive



BAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!
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Oooooo!! 80 gigs on ONE drive?!?! no WAY! Where can you get one of those!!! And sheeeeeet! 5400 RPM?!?! Man, nobody needs something THAT fast!!
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Posted 05 June 2006 - 08:42 AM

LOL!

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 09:23 AM

Total of 980 GIGS worth of hard drives (flash drives, et all).

Sounds like somebody needs to stop pussy footing around and invest in a 20gig to get that sucker up to a terabyte. :devil:


BTW, I have 720 GIGs of internal HDDs in my Voodoo.
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#5 Johnny Cool

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 09:51 AM

Total of 980 GIGS worth of hard drives (flash drives, et all).

Sounds like somebody needs to stop pussy footing around and invest in a 20gig to get that sucker up to a terabyte. :devil:


BTW, I have 720 GIGs of internal HDDs in my Voodoo.


:lol:

Well, that WD 80 GIG is a portable. Much cheaper than my 40 GIG iPod. B)

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 09:55 AM

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...unless you have duplicate hardcopies of everything, you're still at risk...
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Posted 05 June 2006 - 10:49 AM

Now those poor monks will REALLY go blind. :blink:
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Posted 05 June 2006 - 12:47 PM

And the quills, man! Don't forget about the plucked gooses that are now cold.
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Posted 05 June 2006 - 03:03 PM

Cold....or dead. Gotta feed the monks as well.
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#10 Johnny Cool

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Posted 09 June 2006 - 06:35 PM

This exterrnal (and portable) hard drive is amazing (EXTHD 80G|WD 2.5 U2 WDXML800UETN).

Forget about the 5400 RPM specs. It is USB2.0 with a 2 meg cache.

I was curious why USA Today called it a great product.

I ordered this portable hard drive from Newegg.com. Got a great price ($128.99 USD) and decided to spend $39.99 for the 2 Year Service Net Replacement Plan. I rarely buy "extended warranties", yet I did in this case.

Money well spent. Like "renter's insurance for two extra years".

It came in one of those craptastic plastic enclosures that is nearly impossible to open. LOL!

I formatted it to the NTFS file system, then went to WDC for the free WDSynchro software program.

It was so simple ... I chose different folders from different partitions to copy. Ok, that did take some time (80 minutes). I copied all my data, online sotware programs that I purchased (the installs), over 9300 MP3's (those MP3's took most of the time; over 36 GIGS), plus my current Acronis flash images.

Still, that time was worth it. The next time I plugged in my portable WD hard drive, it synched those folders that I chose and updated it so quickly (less than 10 seconds). Yowza!

I then decided to delete everything using *no* synchro software. Yes, it was quicker, as my WD portable hard drive was now "public". No encryption.

If I was a laptop user, I would certainly use the free WDSynchro software program. Just in case you lost it.

I am now debating to going back to the free WDSynchro software program. The *instant* synchronization is rather cool.

To sum it up, using the WDSynchro software program took some time encrypting all my files and folders, yet, after that it is all gold.

A great purchase for me. And it fits in my bank vault. :w00t:

Pros:
Small, quiet, self powered

Cons:
1. Uses mini-B plug on device.
2. Cable is only 22" from tip to tip (only about 15" if you bend the connectors at right angles, which you almost always will).

Ehhh, just get it. You will soon forget about flash keys. I should have purchased two of them at that price.

They do have 120 GIG versions as well.

Bottom Line:

I give it two thumbs up. That is, unless you slice off a thumb trying to use a box-cutter to open that plastic enclosure from Hades. :devil:

Edited by Johnny Cool, 09 June 2006 - 06:38 PM.


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Posted 09 June 2006 - 09:27 PM

I prefer manual copying since if I delete a file but mistake, what prevents the software from second guessing me and deleting the backup file from the backup drive?
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Posted 10 June 2006 - 10:34 AM

Good point.

I would like to back up some stuff. Obviously the 36GB Raptor can go anytime, but there's like 250GB of stuff I would like to back up.

I read in an O'reilly once that the best backup method is to use a schronization method like that sync software to do incremental backups. The only problem, like Mike says, is what if you deleted something and need to retrieve it? They say you should keep several backups from different points in time.

Thus, I would probably just use MS Backup to make backup image files, and then move them over to the USB drive. Keep like 5 or 6 different times on there so I can go back if I need to. Another plus: Viruses and malware can't infect image files.
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Posted 10 June 2006 - 08:57 PM

I really need to implement a backup solution. The problem is that I have about 750 gigs of things I would like to always keep backed up and that's only just now really becoming feasible with these new larger hard drives hitting.

But DS Lite hits tomorrow...

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 11:02 PM

Maybe an Exabite drive and a few 170GB tapes?
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 06:23 PM

Oh man, do I like this portable hard drive! I may want to order another one (that way, I can use my iPod for music! What a novel idea!). :devil:

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 05:53 PM

This small portable hard drive is incredible. It is speedy and small. I tried to order the 120 GIG portable just a few minutes and they are out of stock for right now.

Be sure to get one. Whether it is 80 GIGs or 120 GIGs. It rocks.

And be *sure* to get the 2 year warranty. It's worth the money. Apple really cheated me on my $60 warranty for my 40 GIG iPod. Those crooked bastages.

With Newegg, that portable 80 GIG that I bought already had a 1 year warranty. With Newegg's warranty, they added an extra two years to that. So that means I am covered until June 3, 2009!

Apple cheated me by not extending me for that same policy. The took my $60 and added only one year to it.

Crooked folks, they are. :angry:

Edit: Newegg also mailed me the warranty!

Edited by Johnny Cool, 24 June 2006 - 06:01 PM.


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Posted 25 June 2006 - 03:09 PM

If you've got the scratch LTO tape is pretty great. No tape sawing back and forth like on older technology and tapes currently up to 800 gigs (assuming 2-1 compression) at speeds of 160 MB/s. That lets you back up all 800 gigs in 90 minutes. Just make sure you keep a copy of your backups offsite.

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 06:45 PM

This small and *portable* hard drive has been stellar. B)

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 06:27 PM

I just ordered an enclosure + laptop hard drive.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817119210
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136007

Got the newest WD laptop drive that has the new shock resistance technology (that the passport doesnt have) and saved $20 over the passport. w00t w00t.

One thing I do like about the WD Passport that one of my coworkers has is the rubber bottom. I bet its smooth on planes and in cars. Also earthquakes.

Edited by The Moose, 06 July 2006 - 06:27 PM.


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Posted 01 January 2007 - 07:19 PM

Just got my 120GB WD PASSPORT (portable HD) several days ago. I can't believe how small it is. I can put it in my front pocket.

Height 0.590 Inches (Max)
Length 5.110 Inches (Max)
Width 3.14 Inches (+/- 0.010 inch)
Weight 0.23 Pounds


I just wish WD could have included a proper leather (or even a plastic) enclosure for this. This portable HD looks and works great.

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 05:47 AM

I can't believe how small it is. I can put it in my front pocket.



Please tell me you aren't going to do that. :shifty:
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Posted 02 January 2007 - 09:52 AM

I just wish WD could have included a proper leather (or even a plastic) enclosure for this. This portable HD looks and works great.

Zippered Koe skin binder? :lol:

How about using an old tube sock? Free and more cushioning than a vinyl sleeve.
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Posted 03 January 2007 - 01:54 AM

You are not helping my cause, Mike. :angry:




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Posted 03 January 2007 - 10:02 AM

You are not helping my cause, Mike. :angry:




:lol:


I didn't say "rolled up tube socks in your pocket" :wink:
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Posted 03 January 2007 - 02:03 PM

True, that changes everything...
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