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USB Hardrive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ffreeloader, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. ffreeloader

    ffreeloader Terabyte Poster

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    I bought a little 5 GB Seagate usb ST650211U-RK hard drive yesterday. This is a handly little gadget. It's the first one I've had so I don't have much to compare it with but it seems to be pretty fast. I transferred some fairly large files to it in just a short time.

    The main reason I bought it was so I would have the ability to keep electronic copies of my resume and cover letters with me at all times, but also so I could use it to install Linux on laptops that don't have cdrom drives. That's the reason I bought one with the capacity I did. Otherwise I would have just purchased a little 128 meg usb pen drive.

    What is everyone else using along these lines?
     
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  2. zimbo
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    i used to have one of those when i was working... now i got nothing.. they took it away from me when i stopped! :( going to get a 1GB one from Kingston because they nifty!:biggrin
     
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  3. ffreeloader

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    Are you referring to a pen drive that has a memory chip?
     
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  4. Luddym

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    I have a USB penstick that ive had for years.

    It's only 128 Meg, I got it when they first came out, so I could copy files to and from work (as we disabled the use of floppys).
     
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  5. zimbo
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    yes but before i had one these 5GB HD ones... with the blue light?
     
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  6. ffreeloader

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    Yeah, this one has a blue light, but most usb devices, such as this and usb wireless devices, have a blue led to indicate activity.
     
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  7. Bluerinse
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    I am thinking of getting a USB pen drive now, as a dealer I can get a 4GB one of $128AU, which is pretty cheap I think.

    At the moment I use an external USB cradle with a standard 120GB HDD in it. That is what I use to back up customers data and install apps on laptops with no CD ROM and cart around my own troubleshooting tools etc.
     
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  8. Mr.Cheeks

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    I carry my DVD with my appz, but if the users has no dvd writer, i also carry my jump drive (1gb pen)... if i have to do imagining, i have an external 40b usb harddrive, which is the dogs nuts for the amount i paid for it... i even found drivers that allows it to boot up, but as they are meant to be universal, they sometimes work and sometimes dont....
     
  9. Nelix
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    I have 2 x 1GB usb pens, the first one (integral) I bought then discovered that it would not fit into some laptops due to it being a little bulbus so I bought a second (Kingston). I also have an enclosure that holds a standard 160GB harddrive, I don't tend to use this much now that I have a USB Laptop HDD enclosure, currently containing a 40 GB drive which I find sufficient.

    Nelix
     
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  10. hbroomhall

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    I have a 8GB hard drive USB card from Lacie. Really nice.

    I keep all the Service packs and Autopatcher files on it!

    Harry.
     
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  11. Boycie
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    I use a 1GB Kingston stick. I think it cost me £21 delivered from ebuyer.

    Si
     
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  12. Baba O'Riley

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    I've got a Freecom external 250GB USB drive that cost just over £100 at the time. It's got some nice features like switching itself off if it stop recieving a power signal from the USB port. Dead fast as well. I use it for scheduled backups of my PC.
     
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  13. Nelix
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    Dont all USB devices have this feature????
     
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  14. Boycie
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    I think so.
    I know my Lacie external USB/Firewire drive boots when you plug the USB wire in the computer.

    Si
     
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  15. Baba O'Riley

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    Ah, your are thinking of devices powered by the USB bus are you not? This one is externally powered so in theory, could stay on forever.
     
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  16. fortch

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    Besides the Treo with a 1GB SD, I use a 2GB Flash Voyager. After years with a 256, then 512, and finally a 1GB, running various versions of Linux (DSL, etc.), I decided to go to 2GB. Then, make it bootable with XP, using two files from 2003 SP1. So, now I have a 1GB Linux 'live' thumb, and an XP one as well.

    I love these things :D
     
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