First External Hard Drive - Good Value, Good Perfo
I'm not a computer geek, but I know enough to know that I should have a proper backup of the important files on my laptop. After doing my research, I settled on the Buffalo MiniStation 500 GB hard drive, based largely on the positive reviews on other sites, as well as the great price here on Buy.com. I was really looking for something user friendly, something that I could simply plug in and backup my data. Installing the software was relatively easy, but there are a lot of mini-components in the software that I wasn't quite sure what to do with. My first attempt at a backup was only a partial success -- it had been running for a couple hours, and I wasn't sure if it was actually working properly, so I killed it. Eventually I read through the manuals -- something I had hoped to avoid -- and figured out the easiest way to backup only the folders and files that I was most concerned with. I followed the directions, and while it did take a couple of hours for the actual backup, I am now confident that I have a complete backup of my important files. Other things - it looks good, it's silent while working, it's small and very portable, does not get hot, comes with lots of manuals. Overall it could be a little bit more user friendly -- especially for those of us who are not as technologically savvy -- but it did its job, seems to be a great value, and I'm satisfied with my purchase. I would definitely recommend this product.
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