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Posted 29 March 2010 - 08:07 PM

I have some questions about external hard drives. I have gone online to find the answers to my questions but I could not find the answers that I need.

Here they are: What is the difference between a “Portable” and “External” hard drive? I asked the guy at OfficeMax and he said it was the size and that a portable is smaller than an external hard drive. As I was looking at them they looked about the same size to me. Is there an advantage of one being better than the other?

Is a Portable faster or slower to copy information from your desktop hard drive than an External Hard Drive?? I looked at the HITACHI SimpleDrive III box but there was no information as to what speed the external hard drive was. Is there a speed difference between the two?

Can you password protect an external hard drive so that others can not see the information that you have on it?

If you know of any links that would be of help to me I would appreciate them.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 09:31 PM

Portable Drives vs. External Drives

There are two different types of stand-alone storage products: those aimed at maximum mobility, and ones that cater to high capacity or performance. High performance external storage devices increasingly connect via eSATA to alleviate the aforementioned USB 2.0 and FireWire bottlenecks, and some models even implement RAID technology to increase data safety, performance, and capacity.

In contrast, portable drives for mobile users don’t have to provide maximum performance, but they need to be light, small, and flexible. All of the drives we tested can be operated via the power provided by a USB 2.0 port, so they don’t need an additional power supply. They do not get hot, and they’re more than acceptable from a noise standpoint.

However, their style, software bundles, usability, and warranty differ a lot.


More: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/portab...e-hdd,2272.html

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 04:46 PM

Broni thanks for taking the time to answer my question. I do appreciate it.

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 08:10 PM

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