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my OS is win 7 prof 64 bit and I am running out of external disk space, because of the amount of files, data, MP3s, backups, etc that I keep.  Hope the experts can please suggest a reliable External Disk Drive, that will have its own power supply, about 1 Terrabyte or 500 gigs of space.  Attached is my belarc report so that u could see in detail what I have on the computer. Thank u.
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Depends on a few factors, how much you want to spend, etc, etc?
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400958,00.asp
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I have a 1Tb USB hard drive that I can store material that is archival in nature (not used daily).

I think such a USB hard drive is fine and it does not need to be externally powered. I know they can be externally powered but in my experience, on a good PC, drives powered by the USB port work really well.

Since the drive can be disconnected at any time (powered or not), you want to keep daily files on your main drive and archival files on the external drive.

How big is your main drive?  Mine is 500Gb and I keep 125Gb of virtual machines, 75Gb of documents and files and still have half the drive left over (free space).

Maybe this is a good opportunity to have a larger main drive.
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in response to John Hurst, my main  C drive is 1 TB, of which there remains about 252 gigs of free space.   i know that one of these days I have to sit down and clear all the clutter that i had saved into separate directories, but it will take time and I will get to it one of these days.
This Ext drive that I am trying to get is just to store data files that will be retrieved when the main pc is powered on.
thank u.
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Then I would use a good 1Tb USB external hard drive. Mine is Western Digital. It is easy, reliable and convenient when I need it.
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I prefer using a USB dock, and then you can get any 3.5" or 2.5" SATA disk and drop it into that dock. That is less expensive, as standard disks are cheaper than those that come already inside the USB case. Besides, it is a good idea to have several such disks so you have your backups not just at one location. You should rather have more than one version of backup, and on different media, as every disk will eventually fail, also backup disks. Something like the below should do fine:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1F80CS9741&cm_re=usb_dock_hard_drive-_-9SIA1F80CS9741-_-Product
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by:Mitchell Milligan
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I am concurring with John on this one, an external hard drive should do the trick.  As far as internal or external the drive type makes a difference.  Hitachi is the way to go, they currently have the highest reliability and lifespan.  The second best is Western Digital, followed by Seagate with approximately a 1 in 4 chance of going bad in 36 months.  I would recommend staying away from Seagate, as their quality has significantly declined lifespan than a Western Digital or Hitachi. Check this out: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2089464/three-year-27-000-drive-study-reveals-the-most-reliable-hard-drive-makers.html
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Is the data availability important for you? I mean is it important for you that you do not loose this data?
If yes then instead of using external USB drive use a NAS storage with 2x1TB drives in RAID1 mirror.
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i always suggest to use  usb drives with their own POWER supply for USB 2, since many pc's do not deliver enough power, and often cause non working external drives
that is not a problem for usb3 drives which you may want, for the higher speed )
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"I am running out of space" and "i have 252GB free" seem like an oxymoron!

Its only about a 2 years ago when most PC's were shipped with 250GB!

250GB is a HUGE amount of space!
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awesome wealth of information, thank u.
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@jegajothy  - You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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