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#1 Slomoz

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Posted 12 July 2007 - 12:57 PM

The problem: My 55 GB hard drive is almost full, mostly with photos.

The solution I'm considering: A DVD burner.

I'm thinking that I can use the DVD burner for general backup, which I haven't been keeping up with because it's such a hassle to figure out how much data I can get onto each CD.

Also, I can transfer the older photos to DVDs and then delete them from my computer.

A possible problem: I only have two USB ports and both are in use with devices that have associated software -- a printer and battery backup.

Since I won't need to use all three devices at the same time, can I plug and unplug devices -- like switch back and forth between the printer and the DVD burner -- or will this "confuse" the computer. (Obviously, it's confusing me.)

Any thoughts or recommendations on any part of this problem would be appreciated, including a brand of DVD burner. (All I want if for is backing up data and photos. I have no desire to burn and/or edit videos.)

Operating system: Windows XP home.
Computer: Dell Dimension 4550 ... about three years old.
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Posted 12 July 2007 - 01:29 PM

If it were me, I'd get a large external hard drive that I can plug in via USB. This way, I could plug it into a usb port, transfer all my photos onto the external drive, then unplug the external drive and put it away until I need to transfer more stuff. HERE is one from newegg.com. It's 250 GB and costs about $75 (without shipping). I have an external drive and I have it plugged into my computer all the time and seldom turn it off. Works great!
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Posted 12 July 2007 - 04:11 PM

You could also use a USB Hub and plug in as many items as you want.

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Posted 12 July 2007 - 04:22 PM

Why not use and internal DVD player, or don't you have any spare room? As far as USB ports, you can always get a USB hub
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Posted 12 July 2007 - 07:55 PM

six USB 2.0 ports


I only have two USB ports


Houston, we have a problem
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Posted 12 July 2007 - 10:57 PM

As DaChew points out there are six USB ports, two in the front and four in the rear. It also has three drive bays inside if you wish to install a DVD-RW internally.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 12:49 AM

Thanks for translating DaChew's post. Y'all are, of course, correct. Do I drink the chlorine before or after consulting my owners manual?

Moving on to stupid questions about drive bays: Is that three that I have including the floppy drive? I mean, I currently have two CD drives and a floppy drive. It didn't look to me like there was room for another drive, but I could easily be wrong about that too. I have no use for the floppy drive, but again, it didn't look to me as if the mounting system for the floppy was the same as for the other two drives.

An internal DVD burner would be preferable to external, but for me to handle the installation, it would have to be straightforward with no ad libbing involved. :thumbsup:

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 12:59 AM

There is an elegant solution for this situation, a DVD-RW will also read and burn CDs. Take out one of the CD Drives and replace it with the DVD-RW. :thumbsup:

Edited by dc3, 13 July 2007 - 01:04 AM.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 06:01 AM

sorry to be sarcastic but with all the talk about hubs, it seemed to be going off track

when I am getting ready to archive some data to cd or dvd I create a new folder then after "tiling windows vertically" I start
moving files to the new folder, by checking it's size I determine when to stop, 650MB for cd or 4 gigs for dvd. After burning and verifying the data was backed up successfully, I edit, select all and delete the folder's contents.

for data backup I would only trust TaiyoYuden, Verbatim or Sony media burned slow on a good burner

Liteon, Samsung or LG dvd burners are the only ones I would consider right now, stay away from crossbranded types like Sony, Memorex, HP, etc.

Try to put the dvd burner on top, jumpered master with the better of the old drives below jumpered slave

Edited by DaChew, 13 July 2007 - 06:03 AM.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 11:04 AM

As I sit here looking at the outside of the case, everything said above makes sense. I found a couple of online howtos with step-by-step instructions that show how to recognize the master/slave relationship. DaChew even anticipated a couple of future questions that were beginning to form in the back of my mind.

I'll let y'all know how things go when I get inside.

Thanks for the help.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 02:43 PM

Nice Catch DaChew I didn't even think to research the computer, In the back of my mind I assumed he was just using all available ports.

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