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~ Why you need an external hard drive ~
I have heard many horror stories over the years of people having lost all of their digital photographs due to computers/ cameras breaking, being stolen etc.
Since my relationship with digital photography began in 2005, with my first camera phone (my beloved, much missed Sony Ericsson 6610) early in the year followed by my first digital camera (4 mega pixels) for Christmas 2005, I have lost about 20 photographs in total. Although this is nothing compared to the 25,000+ (about 45GB) which I have stored on my computer, I am still saddened to have lost them.
I lost most of the photos when I smashed a flip phone I had in half meaning I couldn't transfer the photos off the phone any more (before phones had micro SD cards). I kept the smashed up phone for a few years after I broke it in case I won the lottery and could see if an important man somewhere could retrieve them for me for a large fee, but that lottery win is still to come and I think the phone has long gone.
I invested in an external hard drive a few years ago to back up my photos and music, but it became evident quickly that my 320GB (which my boyfriend told me in 2006 that I'd never fill) was not going to be enough and I gave it to my sister and purchased this Buffalo 2TB external hard drive!
An external hard drive is perfect to store all of your photos, music, films/videos and even word/excel documents etc. Not only does this mean your documents are all backed up, deleting them from your computer can mean you have more space on your internal hard drive which means it should run quicker.
I keep all of my music on my external hard drive and don't have it on my computer or laptop at all as there is too much of it and it is all replaceable. All of my photos are backed up regularly onto my external hard drive and are also stored on my PC and laptop (possibly even my boyfriend's external hard drive as well) in a very strict filing system (I'm a geek with my photos)!
~ How much is 2TB? ~
A terabyte (TB) is 1000 gigabytes (GB), so obviously 2TB is 2000GB. That is quite a lot of space.
2TB will hold about 1800 good quality movies or
about 720 HD movies or
about 1,050,000 digital photos or
about 570,000 music tracks
or a combination of the above!
~ Why the Buffalo Drivestation Velocity 2TB external hard drive? ~
I would recommend the Buffalo Drivestation Velocity 2TB external hard drive as it is quick, reliable, easy to use and reasonably priced, currently available on Amazon for £93.75.
To use you simply plug it in to a socket and then plug another wire into the USB port on your PC, laptop or MAC and it is ready to use straight away. Your external hard drive will open in a new window and you simply drag and drop documents to copy them to your hard drive or right click and copy and paste them.
I have found that files transfer across quickly and the access rate is 7,200 rpm (which is quick apparently). I have always found it reliable. I have never had problems with the transfer where a file has been corrupted, damaged or part missing or anything like that.
The external hard drive itself is smaller than the one I previously owned. It is 25cmx20cmx15cm - about the size of a paperback novel. It is black and plastic with a piano finish around the front and top. The wires are at the back of the device. It can be stood upright or lain flat. Also the front of the hard drive has a yellow light to indicate that it is on. The hard drive only comes on when it is plugged into a wall socket AND the USB port is plugged in to your computer. It will remain turned off if the plug is in, but the USB is not plugged into anything, which is handy to save energy.
The hard drive makes very little noise, even when it's working hard - you barely know it's there - my laptop is much noisier.
Overall I think this hard drive is great - compact, reasonably priced, reliable, quick and easy to use. I think everyone should have one. I know so many lazy people who are careless with their photos, even of their children and I am incredibly glad that I am not them!!!