This overlooked, but extremely important little computer gadget has been sitting on my desktop for a while and deserves some recognition. Like many things in our everyday lives it goes unnoticed, or taken for granted until an emergency or some sort of situation arises. Take telephones for example, yes, I am talking about those old fashioned land-lines. They sit there, ignored for our cell phones, until that little gadget gets dropped in the dog’s water bowl – then what do I, uh, we reach for? Yep, old faithful.
I shopped around a bit before deciding on the Seagate 200gb Push button Backup External Hard Drive, considering factors such as price, size of the unit, storage capacity, user-friendliness and tech support. The price was definitely right and the 200gb model was plenty of storage for me – that handles 64,000 digital photos, 3330 hours of music, 200 hours of digital video, or 50 two-hour movies. They also make units up to 750gb, which stores 240,000 digital photos, 12,495 hours of digital music, 750 hours of digital video, or 375 games.
The unit runs very quietly (my laptop makes more noise!) and stays cool. The back-up software, Bounce Back Express, is very easy to work with and I have had no problems. My first backup did take some time to run, but subsequent backups have been relatively quick since only the new changes are backed up. You can connect and disconnect the unit without shutting down your computer, which is very nice. Keep in mind though, that if you do not keep it plugged in, or at least plug it in on a regular basis, it cannot back up your stuff and be ready to save your life! The unit is also stackable, should you want to expand your storage. You get the standard one-year warranty, but more importantly you get free tech support for life!
Here are the specs for my unit, as shown on the box:
7200 RPM, 8MB cache, 350 Gs non operating shock resistance, Less than 27 acoustic decibels, 3.5 inch hard drive, horizontal dimensions (7.125?d x 6.5?w x 2.25?h), vertical dimensions with pedestal (7.125? d x 3?w x 6.75?h), weight 2lb 9.5 oz.
PC users: Available USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port or Windows-certified FireWire port. Microsoft Windows XP, Me, 2000, 98SE
Mac users: Same as above (USB,FireWire). Mac OS X, OS 9.2.2 and higher.
My unit came packaged with USB cable, FireWire, AC adapter, power cord, quick start guide and bundled software cd.
In my opinion, the External Hard Drive Backup is a must for everyone who uses their computer to store everything from their treasured photos and videos, to music, or even dull, boring tax records. Even though you may not want to think about it, think about it. It is inevitable – computers crash, files get lost, lightening strikes. Whether this model is for you is your own personal decision, but it is certainly very wise to protect yourself from the unavoidable casualties of the computer world!