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  • Dimensions: 1.44" x 4.75" x 6.93"
  • Weight: 2.09 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Expansion drive 4-foot (120cm) USB 3.0 cable Power adapter Quick start guide 1-year limited warranty (AMER)
  • Model #: STEB5000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178742
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Seagate newegg Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive
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  •  Easy and simple to use -...
  •  Drag and drop file savin...
  • Dimensions: 1.44" x 4.75" x 6.93"
  • Weight: 2.09 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Expansion drive 4-foot (120cm) USB 3.0 cable Power adapter Quick start guide 1-year limited warranty (AMER)
  • Model #: STEB5000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178742
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Western Digital newegg WD Elements 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive Black
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  •  Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data ...
  •  Massive capacity
  •  Free trial of WD SmartWa...
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 1.9" x 5.3" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs.
  • Model #: WDBWLG0040HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236807
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SAMSUNG newegg SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive Black
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  •  Sleek design
  •  Compact size and streaml...
  •  SafetyKey protection for...
  • Dimensions: 1.85" x 7.11" x 5.09"
  • Weight: 1.84 lbs.
  • Package Contents: D3 Station External Hard Drive USB cable Power adapter Quick Install Guide Software preloaded on the drive Electronic User Documentation (PDF)
  • Model #: STSHX-D401TDB
  • Item #: N82E16822152420
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Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT5000100 (Black)
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  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • Dimensions: 1.63" x 4.65" x 7.06"
  • Weight: 1.89 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Backup Plus desktop drive 4-foot (1.2m) USB 3.0 cable Seagate Dashboard backup software Power adapter 200GB cloud storage with OneDrive for 2 years (Must activate by June 30, 2017. May not be available in all countries.) Quick start guide NTFS driver for Mac
  • Model #: STDT5000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178501
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SAMSUNG newegg SAMSUNG D3 Station 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive Black
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  •  STSHX-D301TDB
  •  USB 3.0
  •  3.5"
  • Dimensions: 1.85" x 5.09" x 7.11"
  • Weight: 1.79 lbs.
  • Package Contents: D3 Station External Hard Drive USB cable Power adapter Quick Install Guide Software preloaded on the drive Electronic User Documentation (PDF)
  • Model #: STSHX-D301TDB
  • Item #: N82E16822152408
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  • $149.99
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Western Digital newegg WD 2TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBFJK0020HBK-NESN
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  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  •  Automatic backup softwar...
  •  Works great with Windows...
  • Dimensions: 6.7"(H) x 5.5"(D) x 1.9"(W)
  • Weight: 1.96 lbs.
  • Package Contents: External hard drive WD SmartWare software (pre-loaded) USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBFJK0020HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236628
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Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT8000100 (Black)
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  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • Dimensions: 1.63" x 4.65" x 7.06"
  • Weight: 1.89 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Backup Plus desktop drive 4-foot (1.2m) USB 3.0 cable Seagate Dashboard backup software Power adapter 200GB cloud storage with OneDrive for 2 years (Must activate by June 30, 2017. May not be available in all countries.) Quick start guide NTFS driver for Mac
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Hard Drive
  • Model #: STDT8000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178682
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive Black
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  •  High capacity storage in...
  •  USB 3.0 + USB 2.0 compat...
  •  Fits your space and safe...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Average Seek Time: 10.5ms
  • Dimensions: 6.57" x 1.65" x 5.08"
  • Model #: HDWC240XK3J1
  • Item #: N82E16822149521
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital newegg WD 8TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBLWE0080JCH-NESN
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  •  Two USB 3.0 expansion po...
  •  Up to 290 MB/s file tran...
  •  Dual-drive enclosure
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.9" x 6.2" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 5.0lbs
  • Package Contents: External storage WD SmartWare Pro, WD Drive Utilities & WD Security software USB cable AC adapter Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBLWE0080JCH-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236730
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Western Digital newegg WD Elements 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive Black
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  •  Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data ...
  •  Massive capacity
  •  Free trial of WD SmartWa...
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 1.9" x 5.3" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs.
  • Model #: WDBWLG0050HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236808
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  • $279.99
  • $269.99
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SAMSUNG newegg SAMSUNG D3 Station 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive Black
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  •  Super speed USB 3.0, Sle...
  •  Compact size and streaml...
  •  SafetyKey protection for...
  • Dimensions: 1.85" x 7.11" x 5.09"
  • Weight: 1.36 lbs.
  • Package Contents: D3 Station External Hard Drive USB cable Power adapter Quick Install Guide Software preloaded on the drive Electronic User Documentation (PDF)
  • Model #: STSHX-D501TDB
  • Item #: N82E16822152425
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Buffalo Technology newegg BUFFALO DriveStation 4TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive Black
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  •  Use with Time Machine to...
  •  USB 3.0 support with USB...
  •  Unique design reduces no...
  • Dimensions: 4.72" x 1.53" x 7.36"
  • Weight: 2.03 lbs.
  • Package Contents: DriveStation USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Quick Setup Guide USB 3.0 Cable AC Adapter Warranty Statement
  • Model #: HD-LC4.0U3
  • Item #: N82E16822165571
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Seagate newegg Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive
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  •  SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and ...
  •  Easy and simple to use -...
  •  Drag and drop file savin...
  • Dimensions: 1.44" x 4.75" x 6.93"
  • Weight: 2.09 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Expansion drive 4-foot (120cm) USB 3.0 cable Power adapter Quick start guide 1-year limited warranty (AMER)
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Solid State Drive
  • Model #: STEB3000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178740
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  • from $129.99
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Western Digital newegg WD 4TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN
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  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  •  Automatic backup softwar...
  •  Works great with Windows...
  • Dimensions: 6.73" x 1.93" x 5.47"
  • Weight: 2.27 lbs.
  • Package Contents: External hard drive USB cable AC adapter WD SmartWare Pro software Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236626
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Seagate newegg Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive
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  •  SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and ...
  •  Easy and simple to use -...
  •  Drag and drop file savin...
  • Dimensions: 1.44" x 4.75" x 6.93"
  • Weight: 2.09 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Expansion drive 4-foot (120cm) USB 3.0 cable Power adapter Quick start guide
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Hard Drive
  • Model #: STEB2000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178739
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  • from $114.99
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Western Digital newegg WD 3TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBFJK0030HBK-NESN
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  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  •  Automatic backup softwar...
  •  Works great with Windows...
  • Dimensions: 6.70" x 5.50" x 1.90"
  • Weight: 2.23 lbs.
  • Package Contents: External hard drive WD SmartWare software (pre-loaded) USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBFJK0030HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236627
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Western Digital newegg WD 12TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBLWE0120JCH-NESN
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  •  Two USB 3.0 expansion po...
  •  Up to 290 MB/s file tran...
  •  Dual-drive enclosure
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.9" x 6.2" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 5.1lbs
  • Package Contents: External storage WD SmartWare Pro, WD Drive Utilities & WD Security software USB cable AC adapter Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBLWE0120JCH-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236731
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives 2TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive Black
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  •  2TB, USB 3.0 & eSATA int...
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 4.75" x 1.75" x 7.75"
  • Weight: 2.50 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Gforce3 External Hard Drive Drive Stand Power Supply USB 3.0 Cable User Manual
  • Model #: GF3B2000EU
  • Item #: N82E16822510050
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $129.99
  • $9.99 Shipping

FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives G-Force3 Pro 2TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive Black
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  •  2TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 9.00" x 3.80" x 10.80"
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • Model #: GF3B2000UP
  • Item #: N82E16822510022
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $139.99
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FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives G-Force3 8TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B8000U Black
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  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  8TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Dimensions: 4.75" x 1.75" x 7.75"
  • Weight: 2.40 lbs.
  • Package Contents: G-Force 3 External Disk Drive, Drive Stand, Power Supply, USB 3.0 Cable, User Manual
  • Model #: GF3B8000U
  • Item #: N82E16822204152
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $439.99
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Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 3TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT3000100 (Black)
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  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • Dimensions: 7.06"(L) x 4.65"(W) x 1.63"(D)
  • Weight: 1.89 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Backup Plus drive Power adapter Seagate Dashboard pre-loaded on drive Quick start guide NTFS driver for Mac pre-loaded on drive 4-foot USB 3.0 cable
  • Model #: STDT3000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178460
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

SAMSUNG newegg SAMSUNG D3 Station 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive Black
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  •  SafetyKey protection for...
  •  SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (MAX)...
  •  Sleek design
  • Dimensions: 1.85" x 5.09" x 7.11"
  • Weight: 1.64 lbs.
  • Package Contents: D3 Station External Hard Drive USB cable Power adapter Quick Install Guide Software preloaded on the drive Electronic User Documentation (PDF)
  • Model #: STSHX-D201TDB
  • Item #: N82E16822152409
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT4000100 (Black)
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  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • Dimensions: 7.06" x 4.65" x 1.63"
  • Weight: 1.89 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Backup Plus drive Power adapter Seagate Dashboard pre-loaded on drive Quick start guide NTFS driver for Mac pre-loaded on drive 4-foot USB 3.0 cable
  • Model #: STDT4000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178461
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives GreenDrive3 2TB USB 3.0/2.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive Silver
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  2TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  Sturdy black aluminum ca...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • Package Contents: GreenDrive3 External Hard Drive, Drive Stand, Power Supply, USB 3.0 Cable, User Manual
  • Model #: GD2000U3P
  • Item #: N82E16822204147
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $139.99
  • $129.99
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FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives G-Force 2TB USB 3.0/eSATA Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive Black
  (3)
  •  2TB, USB 3.0 & eSATA int...
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Dimensions: 4.75" x 1.75" x 7.75"
  • Weight: 2.50 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Gforce3 External Hard Drive Drive Stand Power Supply USB 3.0 Cable User Manual
  • Model #: GF3B2000EUA
  • Item #: N82E16822204126
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  • $159.99
  • $139.99
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Western Digital newegg WD 6TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBLWE0060JCH-NESN
  (4)
  •  Two USB 3.0 expansion po...
  •  Up to 290 MB/s file tran...
  •  Dual-drive enclosure
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.9" x 6.2" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 4.8lbs
  • Package Contents: External storage WD SmartWare Pro, WD Drive Utilities & WD Security software USB cable AC adapter Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBLWE0060JCH-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236729
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives Gforce/3 4TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B4000U Black
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  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  4TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.75" x 1.75"
  • Weight: 2.40 lbs.
  • Package Contents: G-Force 3 External Disk Drive, Drive Stand, Power Supply, USB 3.0 Cable, User Manual
  • Model #: GF3B4000U
  • Item #: N82E16822510042
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $249.99
  • $209.99
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FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives G-Force 1TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive Black
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  •  1TB, USB 3.0 & eSATA int...
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 4.75" x 1.75" x 7.75"
  • Weight: 2.50 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Gforce3 External Hard Drive Drive Stand Power Supply USB 3.0 Cable User Manual
  • Model #: GF3B1000EU
  • Item #: N82E16822510049
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $129.99
  • $119.99
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Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 2TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT2000100 (Black)
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  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • Dimensions: 7.06"(L) x 4.65"(W) x 1.63"(D)
  • Weight: 1.89 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Backup Plus drive Power adapter Seagate Dashboard pre-loaded on drive Quick start guide NTFS driver for Mac pre-loaded on drive 4-foot USB 3.0 cable
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Hard Drive
  • Model #: STDT2000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178459
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives G-Force3 3TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B3000U Black
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  •  PC+ MAC compatible
  •  3TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.5" x 1.375"
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • Parts: 3 years limited
  • Labor: 3 years limited
  • Model #: GF3B3000U
  • Item #: N82E16822204105
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  • $152.99
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External Hard Drives

External hard drives are ideal for backing up your hard drive or storing additional media separately from your main hard drive. Photos, videos, and digital music have all become so popular in recent years that people need a place to put it all. CDs and DVDs do not have the capacity to hold PC backups and are not all that convenient. However, the prices of external hard drives have come down so much that they are perfect for backing up your important data.

The two most common interfaces for hooking up external drives to your computer are USB and FireWire with eSata now becoming popular also. USB has been around for years and are standard on just about all computers today while FireWire ports are newer and if you use a digital video camera with your computer you probably already have one. In terms of access speeds the latest eSata standard offers the fastest connection however that comes with a price. USB 2.0 and Firewire can cover most of your general needs without having to upgrade your system with a new eSata card. Any of the interfaces will do the job however be sure to purchase an external hard drive with the same type of port that your computer has.

Your backup drive should have a capacity at least as big as your computer's largest hard drive. That will leave you with plenty of room to back up your important files or mirror/clone your current drive. You can also buy an external hard drive case and mount an internal hard drive inside it. This method will give you a choice of brands and models, and if anything goes wrong with your internal hard drive, you can simply install the external one inside your computer to replace it.

Considerations for External Hard Drives

One drawback to using external hard drives for backups is that they are still relatively new for home computer use. They come with Windows drivers; should Windows fail, you will not be able to access your external drive through DOS. There are DOS drivers available but they can be difficult to find and most manufacturers do not provide support for them. This isn't a frequent occurrence, just something to keep in mind as you select your external hard drive.

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