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External SATA hard drives are coming

By Julio Franco
Jan 11, 2004
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  1. Models to outperform USB 2.0, FireWire units are expected this year.

    External hard drives offer easy and practical storage, but they aren't as speedy as the internal models - yet. Vendors working on a new technical specification say that the first fast, new models of external drives could ship by midyear.
    Several of those vendors are offering a peek at their plans at the Consumer Electronics Show here this week.

    Read more: PC World.
     
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    I can allready see a few threads with people trying to install Windows on external drives.;)

    Are there any plans to move burners to the SATA format ?
     
  3. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 1,040

    I don't understand the "concept" of having an external drive. It's less convenient, it's just hanging around, it can be knocked over.

    I don't understand...

    "Yoooo duddee!!!"
    "What?"
    "I got a tite hard drive on my computer!!!!!!!!! oooo shoot! oooshhhooot, my computer's got a hard drive!"
    "All computers have a hard drive...."
    "eh?"

    :D :grinthumb
     
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    It's for moving large amounts of data from one PC to another. That was what HDD racks were for in the beginning. USB, Firewire or SATA allow you to do it without having to reboot the machine, that's all.

    I don't think anyone in his right mind would use an external HDD as main drive ( I sure hope not ).
     
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Backups, transferring data to another computer.... I use them on a daily basis. In fact, I sell them! :)
     
  6. Federelli

    Federelli TS Rookie Posts: 382

    It must be confortable moving your harddrive all over the place :D and even better with an easy connectivity such as SATA
     
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    External SATA drive enclosures have been available for at least several months.

    I'm not sure how this can be a new thing.
     
  8. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,384   +15

    I see where your coming from XTR. External is a bit silly, but much better off when moving large sums of data around quick(er).
     
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