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  Quote Randy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Hard drive prices
    Posted: 03 Feb 2012 at 7:55am
That's a very good sign.
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Feb 2012 at 4:22pm
Still waiting for SSD to drop like crazy. Or maybe I'm crazy for expecting them to drop...
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Feb 2012 at 6:20pm
Mebbe when hard drives ramp back up?
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Feb 2012 at 7:27pm
Dunno. I'm waiting to see what all happens with those crazy Iranians...
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  Quote Bob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 7:01am
Tell me if this will work - I have an external SATA case I acquired over the years and I have a desktop with a SATA HDD in it sitting on it's side and out of commission.  My laptop has an eSATA socket ... If I get an eSATA to SATA cable and cannibalize the HDD from the desktop, is there any reason that wouldn't work as an external backup drive?
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 7:04am
Yup, that should work. It most won't be hot swappable but then I never hot swap anyway, just too fraught with potential problems.
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  Quote Bob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 10:56am
The external case had a cable with it.  All hooked up and it appears fine.  I haven't done any backing up but everything is seen and apparently normal.
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 7:43pm
Actually it is hot-swap with the laptop eSATA connection. Just like a USB.  At least mine on this Toshiba laptop is.

You have a cable that fits your laptop? I had to wait to use mine till I ordered one online. All I had was regular SATA cables with the "L" shaped connection, instead of the eSATA one. (On the right in this pic.)

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  Quote Bob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 8:00pm
What came in the box was not eSATA.  Turned out to be an odd looking female connect into the external drive and and a USB connect to the laptop.  My laptop does have an eSATA receptacle but the external has an odd plug I'm not familiar with.
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 9:15pm
I'll try and look tomorrow and see if there's any numbers or such on mine. 
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  Quote Bob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Mar 2012 at 11:29pm
It is like this cable (although cricut is Circuit).  The one on the left connects the external drive and the one on the right is a standard USB.
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 3:47am
Ah...OK...it's a regular USB case.

They do make combination eSATA/USB enclosures. With or w/o cooling fan. I have one w/fan that I use for image backups.
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 3:48am
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  Quote Bob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 6:58am
Yeah, I'm learning.  I hadn't really looked at the external case much .... still in the box.  My early thoughts on this were that I was connecting a hard drive directly to a computer.  What I have here is just another USB device connected. It'll do until I figure out what I'm doing I suppose.
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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 4:39pm
The eSATA is nice....a lot faster than USB. At least USB2. 
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Apr 2012 at 8:56am

Looking better.

Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARX for $119 @ Amazon. I had put it on my wish list a while back and it's dropped from $139 since then (can't recall exactly when I put it on).

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  Quote Randy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Apr 2012 at 5:47pm
Yep, that's encouraging.
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Apr 2012 at 5:50pm
Don't know if it's true but there was a rumor of a 2tb drive at Newegg for $10 less. If it did exist it was gone by the time I got there. Regardless prices are going in the right direction.
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jul 2012 at 7:27am

Not much ink on this but it looks like prices are really coming down.

Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARX

$99. Sigh, plus tax for Texans.

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  Quote Bob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jul 2012 at 7:52am
Online tax - I saw a news item that sounds like all online purchases will soon be taxed.  Actually I can see the logic in such a tax but that doesn't make me like it any better.
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