You would make a lousy client Mickey! You wouldn't need me at all.With all the recent discussion with Doug it had got me to thinking about need to get another HD to use as a back-up drive where I could store an image of my principal drive.
Did some looking on-line, New-Egg, and did some looking between Seagate and WD. From all the owner reviews it looks like in general the WD drives have a better reputation.
Wasn't looking for a pocket model as this is for my desktop machine. Larger capacity and lower prices. Stopped by Fry's last night as they typ have sales on HD's every week. Sorta had my mind set on getting a model with triple IO interface Vs the single USB so common nowadays. No sale this week and prices seemed high compared to what I saw list on New-Egg. Later I stopped in to Costco and saw they had WD 500G ext drives, one of their My Book models. Had the 3 IO's USB/1394/SATA. Came with 3 yrs warranty. Price was $100. I walked out with one. Price was 60% lower than at Fry's and somewhat cheaper than New-Egg.
Drive came with cables for USB & 1394. Plugged in the power supply, hooked to the desktop and all was well with the world. Upon booting, could read/write data to the drive. Drive is quiet and cool.
Drive comes with drive formatted to FAT and I wanted to use NTFS. Not an issue. Ran DOS command convert.exe. Entered in short command to say which drive I wanted to convert and in 2-3 min all done and data that came on the drive, still intact.
Now have a cloned image of C: & D: Will update the image every week or two. I do a daily bkp of all files that change and they have been stored on the 2nd drive in the machine. A copy of those files have been copied to the new ext drive.
I feel more comfortable now that in addition to the bkp files and have an image of C: so if it goes out, I'm only an hr or two away from having a new replacement drive and fully back n operation.
Oh, while in Fry's I saw 2G thumb drives, Kingston, for $10.