A reader wrote me this week to ask:
I knew there was something else I had on my mental list for you.
I think I am in the market for an external hard drive to back up my files.
I have downloaded Karen’s Replicator as you suggested in one of your recent newsletters.
I now need a destination to save my files to, external to my desk top. I do it now periodically to the laptop, but want something else.
I have reviewed your Computer Tips web pages on backing up and external hard drives.
Your advice to get one with a USB connection is right on.
30-40 gigs would be plenty big for what I have.
Can you aim me or do you have a link where I could buy on the net via you?
Thanks for writing, Jack, and for wanting to give something back for getting my free newsletter!
You’ll find it really hard to find one as small as 30-40GB today.
The smallest regular external drivve that I’ve seen advertised in a long time is 160GB. These will use normal desktop-type hard drives and will have a power brick that plugs into the wall.
There are some really small GB sizes today — they have notebook drives in them and are about paperbook size — and are usually designed to plug into your PS2 ports or 1 or 2 USB ports to get their power.