Because the USB 3 is new I am thinking that is the way to go. I do not have any computers with USB 3 ports at the current time but would like to look into putting, if possible a USB 3 card in this HP Desktop; I know that topic should go to the internal hardware forum but 'thought I'd start here. It would be nice too if the External HD would be compatible with both PC and Apple. I will be shopping for a new laptop soon and am considering an Apple, but WOW they are pricey. As for current needs here they are.
1) I want to back up 3 or 4 computers, This HP Desktop, 540 GB used on a 640 GB HD, Running Vista 64 but might soon upgraded to Windows 7. The Toshiba Laptop in my Signature, my new yet to be purchase Laptop and my Daughters Laptop that has a 500 GB HD. Is it possible to back up more than one computer on a single Ext. HD?
2) I would like to be able to take it with me, be portable because I spend a lot of time away from home in the summer months and the new Laptop will go with me. I am going to look into storing movies, music and inputing a lot of pictures form my summer location.
3) Whatever you guys can bring to my attention, things I have not thought of as of yet.
From browsing this forum I see that a lot of you recommend a cooling fan, that does make a lot of sense. I am considering a 2 TB just because they seem to be a good value and you never know how much data you will be backing up in the future. One with USB 3, and one that is compatible with both Apple and PC, Vista and 7. Plus the multi PC back up idea. Right now I am close to buying a Seagate Free Agent GoFlex Desk. Is Seagate better, than say a Western Digital or Hitatchi,etc? The reason I am here is to listen to suggestions.
Edited by tommymac, 31 January 2011 - 11:53 AM.