Tech Buyer's Guide: Storage Devices & Media
External had drives are the fastest and most reliable option for saving and transporting your files. They offer fast data transfer, large capacities, and the ability to work directly on files when the drive is connected to a computer. All students need an external hard drive — incoming freshmen will use the drive to back up the files on their computer. Returning students will use them to save their work as they use computers in the classsrooms and labs.
External Hard Drives
There are two main types of external drives -- portable or desktop.
Verbatim SureFire & LaCie Rugged Firewire+USB Portable Drives
Verbatim & LaCie Quadra Firewire+USB Desktop Drives
USB Flash Memory Devices
USB Flash Memory devices plug into the USB ports of both Mac and Windows computers. Small enough to clip on a keychain, with no moving parts, these work great for copying documents and transferring files to or from a computer. Don't save files directly to these, though, or you will run into problems. Different capacities are available; find one that holds 1 to 4 GB or more.
Although you cannot save files directly to optical discs they work very well for making backups of your important data. DVD-R or DVD+R discs can store up to 4.2 GB of data on each disc. The newer dual-layer DVD drives can save up to 8.5 GB of data on DVD+R DL media.
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May 4, 2010