What are you using to store your mp3s?

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  1. Dan_C

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    My laptop hard drive is filled to its capacity. I wanted to get a new, dedicated external drive for storing my mp3s. That way when I upgrade my laptop (in a year or 2), I can just plug it in to the dedicated hard drive.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for
     
  2. Eric Huffstutler

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    I just burn my mp3's onto CD's as data files. You can get a couple hundred or more per disc and the disc are dirt cheap these days. That way, you won't loose them to a hard drive crash, they won't become corrupt, and you can always transfer them back to a hard drive later.
     
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    Hi Dan,
    I recommend a Firewire external hard drive IF your laptop has a Firewire/1394 out jack. Youcan buy firewire drives from many sources.
    http://www.caldrives.com is one that has some good deals right now. I would suggest their 60GB drive for under $250, 5400 speed 60GB drive is undeer $200.
    Or if you don't yet have Firewire on your laptop you can always get a USB external drive. You might even consider a combo Firewire/USB drive so that you can use USB now and Firewire later. Same company above has a 60GB combo drive right around $250.
    There are many sources for external hard drives, Caldrives is just one that I saw recently.
    Glenn
     
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    Go with a Firewire PCMCIA card and HD. USB is really meant for stuff like input devices. It will work, but it will offer significantly slower in transfer rates than a firewire drive.

    Make sure the drive case utilizes the newer Oxford 911 IDE-Firewire bridge chip.
     
  6. Rob FM

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    I think Firewire is 30x faster than USB 1.0 (Not sure about USB 2.0)

    A Firewire Ext. HD is probably the best solution, but I also do a little bit of what Steven was saying: CD-R

    I get them for .14/ea from Best Buy on sale and they hold 700MB (approx. 180 songs @128kb/sec) I have probably 20 CDs that I can loan out, use at work, or use in Laptops....etc.

    I think the answer for you depends on if your computer is Firewire equipped.....is it?

    ~Rob
     
  7. Darren Lewis

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    A company called ADS make a firewire kit which allows you to put a standard IDE drive into it and convert it to an external firewire drive - useful for upgrading later.
     
  8. Rob Varto

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    I simply use a USB connected HD - It's 20GB and I think it was $115 online.
     

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