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#1 wildchild2

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 08:05 AM

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My 40Gig hard drive is starting to fill up so I thought I might get an external hard drive. This is the one I am thinking of getting.
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I am thinking of storing my music files (about 2500 mp3's) on this instead of the computer. If I tell my media player to monitor this drive instead of "My Music", will I be able to play them from here?
Any opinions or advice welcome.
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Posted 28 May 2007 - 09:52 PM

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 06:59 AM

Interesting website, panther, but not very helpful.
I am in Australia!
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 08:38 AM

While I'm not familiar with Australian retail sales, I'd suspect that there are both retailers and online retailers that you can get an external drive enclosure from.

I'm not a big music person (I don't even have the sound hooked up on this PC), but I'd suspect that there may be some lag problems with playing MP3's with the USB drive. But the music player that you use should be able to smooth some of that out without you noticing (sorta like the buffering on video files that're played from the web).
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 08:53 AM

I have about 120 GIGS of music in 1 external drive all in MP3's. The one thing you should be watching for is this
* 5400 RPM HDD
. You should be looking at 7200 RPM HDD which gives an indication of how fast data can be transferred from the HDD.

I have a Seagate 320GB HDD which I purchased locally in a case for EUR.120.00 ( 187 AUD) :thumbsup: Both Winamp and WMP play my music flawless..

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 07:23 AM

Hi guys and gals,
Thanks to everyone for their input. I decided to get this drive and I received it yesterday. It works perfectly straight out of the box. I transferred all my music (2103 files) over to it then, after making sure they were there and accessible, I deleted the files from my computer hard drive.
I am pleased to report then instead of the HD being about 3/4 full it is now showing about 1/3rd full. My computer now seems to be responding a bit quicker after I did a full service cleanup last night.
I am playing the music directly from the usb drive now and I think it is playing even better than it used to off the drive. Maybe the drive being quite full was starting to effect that as well.

I now have another question. I only have 2 usb ports on the front of my computer that I use for a small jump drive and my digital camera uploads but I have 4 spares on the back which are not easily accessible. If I plug the usb HDD into the back of computer, can I leave it plugged in when I turn the computer off and on or would I have to unplug it all the time?

Thanks to everyone for their help!
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Posted 05 June 2007 - 07:50 AM

bus powered hard drives are problematic at best, usb is limited by design to like 200milliamps for all devices,
I would buy a cable extension and leave it plugged into the back of the computer

a powered hub would be even better
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Posted 05 June 2007 - 08:08 AM

The cable that came supplied is plenty long enough to reach the back. It is just a hassle to get to the way I have my stuff setup (see pic) if I have to unplug it all the time.
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That's my new drive sitting on top of the computer box, neat isn't it?
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Posted 05 June 2007 - 11:19 AM

just get an extra cable and leave one plugged in, be sure and power down to disconnect or use the safe to remove feature
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