I agree with Marvin. They are a great peace of mind and
transportable. Plus you can make incremental backups. If you decide
to get into video, some programs require an external (or additional)
hard drive. FireWire is faster than USB 2 by just a bit, but if you
have a higher-end Mac, you might even have a FireWire 800 port - much
faster. Buying a drive that has multiple connectivity options is a
good idea, especially if the cost isn't that much more. Buy a larger
size than what you'll think you need. It's a mazing how fast 100GB
can fill up when you have high-quality photos and other media. Plus
you can use it to back up other crucial data. Full-size drives are
cheaper than the portable 2.5" drives, but are obviously larger. I
have one full-size and one portable - which is powered by the
On Mar 28, 2007, at 4:13 PM, Marvin Bartel wrote:
>> I need to backup my files and photos on my computer. Right now,
>> on the most important stuff, I burn it to a CD, but I have too
>> much to do everything this way.
>> I'm thinking about buying an external drive for this. I'm sure
>> that an internal drive would probably be faster...but right now,
>> I'm thinking about the ease of installation.
>> Does anyone have any recommendations?
> I like an external hard drive for backup. Connecting it with USB-2
> or Firewire (if your computer has it) is about as fast as using an
> internal drive. External drives are better than internal drives
> for backup because they can be stored off-site so that they are not
> destroyed or stolen by the same thing or person that destroys or
> steals the computer.