external hard drive recommendations

By bonzo341
Dec 24, 2005
  1. Hello all,

    Forgive my ignorance, but I would appreciate some suggestions for a new external hard drive. (Actually, it's a bit of late Christmas shopping.) I need a USB 2.0 hard drive that is backwards compatible with 1.1. It doesn't need to be massive--I'm thinking in the vicinity of 80GB--but the faster it is, the better. I'm considering spending something in the range of $100, give or take 30 bucks.

    I would be grateful for any advice. Thank you for your time and patience.

    Best regards,

    Matt Jaynes
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    If you are a bit of a handyman, you can build one yourself rather cheaply:
    Described here is a 200GB for just under $85.-
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    you can buy a USB to IDE converter for less than $20 on ebay. You can build a simple hard disk housing out of plywood for a few bucks also.

    OR you can buy an external hard disk adapter..... but they cost more.
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