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December-28-08

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Posted by Robert Alonso under Advice, Hardware

Many of you received wonderful Christmas gifts like digital cameras and computers. You may be wondering what to do with the thousands of pictures you plan on taking and storing for future generations. The laptop or desktop computer will allow you to store a couple thousand pictures before you run out of space. You should also have a plan in place for maintaining a backup of all those pictures. (A friend of mine lost several years worth of family pictures when his computer’s hard drive failed.)

The answer to ever growing storage needs is an external hard drive. Western Digital makes a very good 1 Terabyte drive, with USB 2.0 connections that typically sells for under $200. This drive has enough space for over 200,000 photographs, or 1,000 compressed movies. My recommendation is that you buy two identical drives and keep two copies of everything. You might even want to keep one drive at a remote location and only bring it home to keep it up-to-date.

Think about it–those pictures of your loved ones are definitely worth $400. If you are a patient shopper, you can even find the drives for about $149. The good news is that they work with both PCs and Apple computers.

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