Advice on external USB hard drives

  Khun Rob 10:44 12 Jan 04

I want to add an external hard drive and favour USB. It seems cost effective to buy an Hitatchi/IBM Deskpro GXP (IDE) 180GB and to instal this in a separate enclosure that contains the USB interface. From what I can see this option gives me good capacity, a quality hard drive and a speedy interface, all at a reasobanle cost over buying a purpose made USB drive.

Can anyone tell me why they think this is not a good solution?

Many thanks

  temp003 11:04 12 Jan 04

No reason why you shouldn't. It's a good compromise. Many so-called external USB drives are not native USB drives anyway, i.e. they are really IDE drives housed in a USB connectable case, same as what you now have in mind. Native USB drives may perform slightly better but I suspect more costly.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 11:23 12 Jan 04

Aldi are flogging a Seagate 160 Gb HD/USB for £119.


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