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External Hard Drive Compatibility -- XP

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#1 Captain Pike

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 09:30 AM

I have a couple of (okay a bunch) of Windows XP systems. I would like to buy an external hard drive. I assume I'll go the USB route due to its ease and compatibility. My main system has a Intel Duo Core processor with the serial ATA type hard drive interface, whereas my other systems employ IDE, older, parallel technologies.

I'd like to be able to copy gobs of data, like movies, onto an external hard drive, which I could take with me and plug-in to my older machines away from here. They talk about "high-speed USB 2.0" technology. How do I know if I have it on this machine? How do I know the drive will work on my other machines?

Anybody got any good ideas about the right way or the right type of extra hard drive for me? I don't need the extra hard drive to perform the duties required by, say, the Windows memory cache, swapfile type capability. I'd like to be able to watch a movie over this interface, using Windows media player. My other computers have regular Pentiums and will support watching a movie which is stored on a flash drive, for example. What should I do? I also have an extremely limited budget.

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