External hard drive

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  1. meath man

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    Looking to buy an external hard drive for my Dell 9300 laptop. Do youse reckon this is good value:...?
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=115248&TabID=1&source=1&doy=20m4

    This is probobly a stupid question, but how does an external hard drive actually work when connected to a laptop......? for example how would it work with windows media player - if i had a song saved on the external hard drive but not on the main hard drive, would it appear as normal in windows media player etc.....
     
  2. icemanonline

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    That is good value.....and with Maxtor being run by Seagate now :D you my even get 5 year warranty, U never no!

    I got a 3.5 external and fitted my own new ide HDD in with the 5 year warranty which worked out a little more but if the drive fails out it comes, new drive in and we all march on....:smashin:

    hope that helps

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  3. wormvortex

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    The external HDD appears just like a CD or flash drive with data on it or when browsing the root of the C: drive. You can even set WMP to add the files from the external drive to the libary so you can browse and listen to the songs without manually looking for them.
     
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    If your using Windows XP make sure the drive is formatted in NTFS and not FAT32

    EDIT

    Just thought I'd warn you that when you format the HDD you will lose a certain amount of storage capacity

    The higher the gig the more you lose

    I lost 7Gb or 4% on my 160Gb HDD

    Bloody swizz yet the manufacturers can get away with it
     

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