What is the best external hard drive for powerpoint and videos?

by on August 10, 2009

Q: I am an instructor in the fire service looking for a external hard drive to put videos and powerpoints on. I have around 200 videos on dvd. Each is around 20-60 minutes. I would need a hard drive that is easily portable and easy to use with my laptop. Was wondering what type would be recommended? I am running Windows Vista at this time.

One Response to “What is the best external hard drive for powerpoint and videos?”

    I suggest picking up an external harddrive enclosure like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182180 for $25, from this you can toss in any eSATA harddrive you want and you’re all set. Any 4 or 5 star reviewed harddrive on this list should be just fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010150014%201035915133%201035507776%201035424340%20103530090&name=1TB%20and%20higher&ActiveSearchResult=True

    A few suggestions:
    1) Since it seems like you need a lot of space, I’m going to suggest 1 Terrabyte drives (1TB = 1,000 Gigabytes). Also make sure the drive supports eSATA, (almost everything new does) and is a 7,200 RPM drive (how fast the drive spins) .

    2) Make sure any drive you buy has a 3 year warranty. If the drive fails you can go to the manufacturer’s website and get it replaced for free.

    3) Buy two drives! Hard drives fail, and they get dropped. Buy two drives (maybe even different brands, but the same size) and two enclosures, and keep your work stuff on both and take them both with you. Since all this stuff is mission critical for you, I’d suggest having another copy at home too.

    4) Figure out the dollars per gig. As you shop around and maybe consider bigger or smaller drives, divide Gigabytes of space in the drive by the price. So for our 1TB drives (1,000 / $100) = $10 per gig. This is the best way to comparison shop.

    Hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions!