Monday, February 23, 2009

tech-challenged

Dear tech-savvy people,

I want to buy an external HDD.

I know what I want. I want a cheap but durable HDD with at least 160gb capacity. BUT - I don't think I can just walk into a computer shop and say those words without putting a big "DUMB" advertisement across my forehead. Or get lost in tech-talk and buy something I really don't need.

Uh, a little help to make this stupid person look halfway techie, please?

What's the difference between an external HDD and iHDD + enclosure, anyway? Any brand suggestions? I'm torn between Seagate and Western Digital (but only because I kept reading about those two) but if there's another alternative, let me know.

Will HDD work with DVD players with USB slot?

Any other things I should know about? Helpful hints, comments, suggestions? Free HDD?

Love,
Stupid non-techie person

4 comments:

MakMak said...

Buy a Maxtor 300G ExHD. It's cheapest in a store (right side if you're from SM) somewhere in Park Square. Maxtor is one of the better brands. The price is about 4-5K, so probably lower memory = lower price.

MakMak said...

Oh, and I'm not quite sure about WD. I've read some negative feedback about it.

I don't think it'd work in DVD players with USB slots. I've tried it with mine.

oliboy said...

i've been using western digital and haven't had any bad experience so far... i have the 250GB which is quite stable.

you don't need to connect it to a dvd player since you can buy a converter direct to the tv via hdmi cable.

jelai said...

Thanks for the comments! Really helpful, especially this one -

you don't need to connect it to a dvd player since you can buy a converter direct to the tv via hdmi cable.

So that's what the hdmi slot is for? I think our TV has one and I don't know its purpose. :D I probably should read the manual hahaha...

Thanks!!!