Okay, so I’ve got a new computer (HP Pavilion desktop w/Windows7HomePremium64) and it’s past time I set up a good backup system. Since I’m still on dial up I figure the best solution is an external hard drive, yes?
From what I’ve read, Win7 includes a decent backup utility, and thus any plug and play drive will do. Yes?
The external hard drives seems to come in portable and desktop, various sizes. I don’t need the drive to be portable, it’s unlikely I’ll ever move it other than during furniture rearrangement, and I have plenty of spots left on the surge protector to plug it in. OTOH, it looks like the portable drives actually cost somewhat less than the equivalent capacity desktop ones.
From looking at some specs, it seems the portable ones weigh around 8 oz. while the desktop ones are 2 pounds plus. Does this mean the stationery ones are built better or something? Aluminum vs. plastic parts, maybe? Maybe making them more reliable?
And the portable ones are smaller physically, but that doesn’t matter in my set up – I’ve got a biiiig desk.
Is there any reason I should lean towards one kind or the other?
Oh, and are their brands I should look for or avoid?
Thanks for any advice.