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Desktop and Portable External Hard Drives?

An external hard drive is the same type of hard drive as you would find inside a PC or laptop, except that it is mounted in a separate enclosure. It can be used to store information (data) permanently or temporarily, in the same way as a computer’s hard drive.

External hard drives (the actual drive itself) come in two main sizes (physical size), 2.5″ and 3.5″. The 2.5″ drives are the same as you would find in a laptop computer, whereas the 3.5″ drives are identical to hard drives found in desktop PCs. The difference is in the interface that connects the external hard drive to your computer.

Usually, external hard drives connect to the computer via a USB/Firewire cable, most modern operating systems will automatically recognise the hard drive as a storage device, and assign it a drive letter.

The fact that external hard drives are simply placed in an enclosure, means you can usually change the actual hard drive itself without too much effort. This allows you to swap drives between enclosures, so you only have to buy one enclosure for many drives (of the same type).

There are two main types of external hard drives, portable and desktop

Desktop Hard Drive – Desktop external hard drives are normally 3.5″ hard drives mounted in a larger enclosure than its portable counterpart. The enclosure may also have fans integrated to assist in keeping the drive cool during operation, which extends the life of the disk drive. The desktop external hard drive is designed with storage capacity in mind, rather than portability.

Portable Hard Drive – Portable external hard drives are usually 2.5″ hard drives (laptop hard drives) in a slimline enclosure, making them easy to carry. Although they are portable, they are not unbreakable and extra care is needed while transporting them, for example, don’t put them in your back pocket and then sit down!

The Significance Of Using External Hard drive 

LaCie External Hard DrivesA portable or external hard drive is quite a useful piece of equipment. It allows the user to back up or store important information separate from the main internal hard drive, which could become compromised by online or offline activities. Sensitive documents, large music files, DVD images, movies, disk images, and even a backup of the contents of your main internal hard drive, can all be kept securely and safely on an external hard drive. When you are online, you can even leave the external drive turned off.

Another advantage of an external hard drive is that it is portable and operates on a plug-and-play basis. Any computer with USB or Firewire capability will recognize the external hard drive as a storage device, and assign it a letter to designate it. The drive can then be accessed like a normal internal hard drive. It’s a snap to transfer huge files back and forth from work to home, to a friend’s house, or between your desktop and laptop. Just plug in the interface cable to quickly reconstruct a working environment, making your favorite programs virtually portable.

If you have multiple family members using your computer system, consider an external hard drive to keep financial information and other sensitive documents secure. When you are ready to use the computer, you can plug in the external drive and have all your data and programs available. When finished, simply unplug the drive and take it with you to lock in a drawer or other secure location.

LaCie external Hard Drive from TapeandMedia.com 

Lacie Hard DriveExternal disk drives are an essential piece of kit, even if just for backing up everything on your laptop or desk-top hard-drive. If it is just for back up it needs to be inexpensive, as it may be used infrequently, but must also reliable.

LaCie External Hard Drives

The first thing one notices about the LaCie Hard Drive is the layout. It’s not merely good to look at but also provides serious protection. The aluminum case is scratch tolerant. The rubber padded edges are a great shock absorber. All this protection increases the durability of the hard drive. It also minimizes the possibility of data damage through physical damage to the drive.

This device is effective with older OS versions, in both PC and Mac machines. The Fire Wire and USB ports allow greater versatility, compared to other portable hard disk drives.The drive includes a three year warranty.

This is the portable drive of preference for those who travel a lot. Additionally it is the data storage product I would recommend, if you switch between PCs and Macs. In general a robust and versatile solution.

Buy LaCie Hard Drive From TapeandMedia

TapeandMedia.com is woman owned small business with 2 locations – Austin, Texas and Danbury, Connecticut. The company was founded in 2000 and has established a reputation for selling quality media products at discount prices. We are an authorized reseller for the major manufacturers and sell professional quality video, audio and data media and accessories at discount prices

The Lacie Disk-Drives by TapeandMedia.com are good inexpensive back-up disk, which looks good if you dust it regularly and should be compatible with most new computers (although if you have Apple Mac OS X 1.2 or older it won’t work straight out of the box)

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Verbatim InSight Hard Drives

We are excited to carry the new Verbatim InSight Hard Drive!

For a portable hard drive that continuously displays available free space, take a peak at the Verbatim InSight™ hard drive with an Always On LCD that shows the drive’s available free space and personalized name. The Always On LCD display automatically updates when the drive is connected and/or safely dismounted and is easily renamed right from your PC or MAC. Compatible with all USB connections, the InSight™ drive includes a USB 2.0 cable, a Quick Start guide and Nero BackItUp software that offer full system backup/restore functions and optional password security. Compact but big on storage capacity, the InSight™ drive is available in a sleek piano-black finish with capacities of 320GB and 500GB and carries a 7-year limited warranty. With an Always On display, the Verbatim InSight™ hard drive is a plug-and-play external drive that keeps you in the know – even when it’s disconnected.

Check out this great video on the InSight hard drive:


Features and Benefits

  • New! Extended 7-year limited warranty–same price!
  • Sleek piano-black finish adds style and elegance to your PC accessories
  • Features an Always On LCD that display’s a personalized drive name and available free space.
  • View the Always On LCD display without power
  • Identify drive and free space without connecting to a PC
  • Includes Nero BackItUp software*
  • Package Includes: InSight™ Hard Drive, USB 2.0 cable, Quick Start Guide

* Software compatible with Windows operating systems only.

System Requirements
USB 1.1 or 2.0 Port
Windows 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7
Mac OS X 10.1 or higher

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HP Storage Works X510 DataVault

New Product: The HP X510 Data Vault.

HP’s latest storage solution! This product delivers all the simplicity and efficiency you desire in your IT infrastructure without the IT department!!!!

HP announces the release of a new Data Storage Solution geared to the small business and home user. With a price point below $1000 HP’s new X510 Data Vault is ideal for Small Businesses that don’t have an IT staff. It supports upto 10 PC’s or Mac’s and is accessible via wireless connection through your local network and provides up to 6.5TB of storage.

HP also provides you with a 1 Year remote access contract with TZO.com. This allows you to access your data via a secure personalized URL.

The X510 Data Vault uses Windows Home Server a package that is designed for users who don’t want to rely on “Professional” IT support or have a complicated IT infrastructure.

This product is ideal for home and small business users with up to 10 PC’s or Mac’s that allows for centralized storage of files, automatic back-up and the sharing of files. “Store It, Secure It! Share It!”

The X510 does everything that you could want out of a data storage package.

  • It Safeguards your data easily and cost effectively
  • Lets you share data remotely or locally
  • Delivers Complete system protection, including OS and all software and files
  • Secures data in a centralized location with multiple codes
  • Automatic backup of data
  • Comes from a reliable manufacturer with a warranty

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