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Lurker the Second
23-06-2008, 16:00:59
I'm going to get an external hard drive to start what I expect will be an extremely tedious task of copying all my music cds. Is there any reason I should care whether it has firewire or esata? I'm assuming the limiting factor on copy speed will be the cd drive, and that USB will cover that handily. Or does my computer illiteracy stand out by that question?

C.G.B. Spender
24-06-2008, 07:58:33
I misread it as "serious business"

I got a simple, cheap USB (2.0) external drive and it works well and reasonable fast. You shouldn't connect it to USB 1 (for example: I had an old USB 1 hub). but will get an error massage in that case.

And yes, it's extremely tedious, I did max. 15 CDs/day. Good thing is you don't have to sit and watch. Read a good book or watch TV while converting.

It also depends on the software you're using. I got the latest iTunes, that's not great, but OK

Lurker the Second
24-06-2008, 13:02:05
Thanks. Did your external drive come with software? I don't understand why some of the drives I have looked at have software of some kind. I always assumed it just acted like a hard drive only on the outside, so I'm clueless as to what the software would do.

C.G.B. Spender
24-06-2008, 13:11:57
It was simple plug and play,no software, pre formatted IIRC, it's a PHILIPS SPE3020CC see
http://www.storageupdates.philips.com/files/hdd/spe3020cc_leaflet_eng.pdf

What I don't like is the switch at the back of the case, front side switch would be easier to access.

C.G.B. Spender
24-06-2008, 13:15:29
I had one similar to those
http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=10979
felt the same, but was slightly louder (vibrating).

Asher
24-06-2008, 15:39:45
It is often cheaper to buy your own HD, then buy your own external enclosure.

Lurker the Second
24-06-2008, 16:40:02
Makes sense. 500 and even 750 GB external drives are pretty inexpensive now, though.

Does anyone here have a Squeezebox? I think I want one of those, unless someone convinces me otherwise.

Sir Penguin
24-06-2008, 22:48:52
Originally posted by C.G.B. Spender
I got a simple, cheap USB (2.0) external drive and it works well and reasonable fast. You shouldn't connect it to USB 1 (for example: I had an old USB 1 hub). but will get an error massage in that case.
That doesn't sound that bad...

SP

Debaser
28-06-2008, 00:09:01
I got an external harddrive for my Mac. It just works.

Asher
28-06-2008, 00:15:48
They just work on Windows too. But good for you for figuring it out.

MDA
02-07-2008, 12:52:41
Originally posted by Lurker the Second
Does anyone here have a Squeezebox?

zmama's got a squeezebox, daddy never sleeps at night

I nearly posted about the flash drives I just bought, but realized that's not what this thread is about :bash:

KrazyHorse
28-07-2008, 20:42:34
Originally posted by Asher
They just work on Windows too. But good for you for figuring it out.

Shit, they "just work" on friggin Linux too (as long as you format them to FAT, not NTFS).

External storage is not exactly bleeding edge...

Asher
29-07-2008, 03:03:55
Depends which Linux you use. It triggers a kernel panic in SuSE on my ThinkPad.

KrazyHorse
29-07-2008, 15:14:29
Really? I've never used SuSe.

I've not had a problem under Ubuntu, Fedora or Scientific Linux (distro based on Red Hat IIRC).

Resource Consumer
04-08-2008, 23:38:29
we get a lot of serial busses in London