What external hard drive

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by alexam, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. alexam

    alexam Senior Member

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    Hi,

    just joined to ask a few questions and gain some knowledge for the experts. I am about to switch my existing hardware for a new Dell 545 with Windows 7 Professional and M.Office 2007 Home & Student as I mainly use word - Excell and Powerpoint. I have a Dell Laptop with Windows 2003 XP Professional, hence the W7 Pro.

    I have read that there have been problems with some external hard drives and W7, so can someone please suggest a good external HD of 500Gb minimum that would be compatible well with W7 - possibly 'My Book' or others?

    Thanks - other questions will undoubtedly follow......

    Alexam
     
  2. Danaw

    Danaw New Member

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    Hi,

    I have been using win 7 since the beta days on both an ASUS laptop & Dell XPS420 and have had no problems with external hard drives.

    I use 3 diffferent ones, an ASUS USB/ESATA, a generic USB enclosure that takes both SATA and IDE drives, and a My BooK with USB/Firewire? ESATA interface.

    This is with Win 7 32 bit. I am in the process of installing Win 7 x64 in the Dell but don't expect any trouble with any of the drives.

    I hope that this helps.

    DanaW
     
  3. alexam

    alexam Senior Member

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    Thanks for the info. Did you add Firewall to the My Book?

    Malcolm
     
  4. Danaw

    Danaw New Member

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    Do you mean firewire or firewall?

    The My Book came with firewire interface, the model is mainlt for Macs but since the ESATA on my Dell doesn't work I prefere firewire to USB as it is faster for straight data trandfer.

    DanaW
     
  5. alexam

    alexam Senior Member

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    Thanks for that. I am considering the 'My Book' and looking at others but need to get one by the time my new PC arrives in about a week's time.

    Malcolm
     
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    Nandoz New Member

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    U can trust Western Digital, It a GOOD choice for Extrnal HD

     
  7. Andrew Jacowski

    Andrew Jacowski New Member

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    there are many hard disk with multiple brand , sata and other , some for computer and some use hd
     
  8. Joe S

    Joe S Excellent Member

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    I would avoid external drives that use hardware encryption. All of the drives from WD that come with Smartware are hardware encrypted. If the circuit board goes bad it is extremely difficult to recover data.
    Joe
     

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