external HDDs [few q's]


im looking at one of these type external hdds http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos...8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl/026-0613535-4610817 and i have a few questions.

1. how much wattage/electricity do they use when theyre on?
2. can they be turnt off and/or put on standby?
3. are they simple to use? (eg. like a memory stick (plug n play))

overall im not really looking for a internal hdd so before you say it dont :rotfl: , and all im going to really use this for is data backup and other backup's that are like 2-4gb a peice ;) .

any help greatly appreciated :)

Kazuya Mishima

Active Member
I've got a Buffalo 80 Gigabyte external HD which I use for backups. The operating instructions for it say "average power consumption 17W, maximum 25W" although I only put it on when I require to use it. The model I have can be set to "auto" which makes it come on when the main PC is on. At the moment it is off.

As Mr. D said, you can indeed 'plug and play' , it's just like using a USB stick.

Dr Diversity

I have a WD 80Gb. I works like a memory stick if you have XP or 2000. Will need a driver for Win 98. It has an external PSU which will draw some power even when the unit is switched off on the front panel.

Works well with a good transfer rate, great for backing up

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