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On 28/07/10 14:11, John Williams wrote:
On Wed, 2010-07-28 at 14:05 +0100, Anthony Williams wrote:On 28/07/10 13:54, Paul Sutton wrote:Anyone got any recommendations regarding usb external hard disks, size about 500 to 1 tb would work fine for me, as a back up tool I take it most of these devices should just work with Linux, i see on boxes it says designed for PC / MAC.I've got quite a few Western Digital USB disks of varying sizes (160Gb, 320Gb and 1Tb), and they all work fine with linux. I've never had a problem with them. The smaller ones are powered directly from the USB (WD Passport), my 1Tb disk is powered off a separate mains adapter.Thats certainly worth bearing in mind when you want a smaller 2.5" external drive, some like my Western Digital are powered off a single short USB lead. Others like a Toshiba have a split USB lead that needs two USB connectors to get enough power.
My Iomega 320GB 2.5" drive has a cable like this. I gather it isn't required in some cases, depends if the USB port can provide enough power. Guess it could also depend on the drive in the case too.
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