My computer is just over two years old. It is a Pentium-III, 733MHz system with 256Mb of RAM and a 20Gig hard drive.
While this is fairly slow compared to many of the new computers on the market, it generally does everything i need.
One problem i am starting to face, however, is a lack of storage space. When i first bought the computer, 20Gb seemed like a massive hard drive. But now, with a bunch of mp3s and some other stuff, it’s not looking so great.
What brought this all to a head was my purchase of a new digital camera - my awesome Minolta Dimage 7Hi. Once i have taken my pictures and loaded them onto my computer, i put many of them through Photoshop in order to fix them up a bit. Also, in order to make it easier to work on them later, i like to save them as Photoshop documents, or at least as TIFFs (rather than lossy jpegs). Anyone who has worked with PS documents and TIFFs knows how big these files can get, and storage is now becoming a problem.
Rather than burning every single document onto CDs, i would like more storage space, and was wondering if anyone could give me advice about external hard drives. I was just looking on the Best Buy website, and they have a bunch of external drives (Acomdata; Maxtor; Pine; Western Digital) ranging from 20 up to 200Gb. I would probably like something in the 60-100Gb range. I know it would probably be better just to buy a new computer, but i don’t think i can afford that right now. If anyone has any experience with external hard drives, their advantages and their pitfalls, i’d appreciate your input.