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    Default IDE hard drives

    I have an external USB 3.5" hard drive enclosure that I want to fill with a big drive... but the real whoppers all seem to be using SATA cables these days, and my enclosure uses the old style IDE cables. What's the biggest capacity 3.5" hard drive you can get that still uses an IDE interface?

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    Western Digitial seems to be selling 160 Gbytes IDE drives for under $70 last week or two. According to the CompUSA web site, Seagate is selling a 750 Gbyte disk drive under $300.

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    I not going to say that I know that much about USB-IDE harddrives. But just want to give food for thought.

    160GB harddrive is huge. I would be careful with USB externals in case something happens you might need to back up some of the information once in a while if it's really vital and important information.

    I can't imagine burning data DVD's for 160 GB. Even at 4GB per disk, well I think you can get at what I am saying.

    Also keep in mind the transfer rate of USB (1.1 or 2.0) is usually explained in BITS not BYTES.

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    Helen -- yeah, the Seagate Barracuda 750GB seems to be the biggest IDE drive on the market. And it's not just under $300, it's often under $250. Woo hoo!

    ChicagoGuy75 -- ummm. I honestly don't follow you.

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    All I am saying is please keep in mind that having a big harddrive means backing up more information.

    I have read on some Tech sites that the seek/transfer rates aren't quite as good as a direct connected harddrive in the computer and sometimes stops after 1GB of constant transferring to an USB harddrive.

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    There are more than one way to do a backup of a disk drive. The easiest for Glen is to buy another 750 Gbyte drive and another external case (or just buy an external drive). Backup the stuff that is located on the 1st 750 Gbyte drive to the second 750 Gbyte drive.

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