Here is PCWorld’s Pick For The Best External Drive For 2017

July 18, 2017

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of backing up your personal files and imaging your hard drive. An easy way to get started on this is with an external hard drive. If you are looking for a quality drive, PCWorld just performed a review on a batch of external drives and ended up selecting the WD My Passport 4TB as the best external drive for 2017.

Lots of storage for less than the competition, attractive styling, and good performance with small files highlight this USB 3.0 portable hard drive. An excellent bargain. Source: PCWorld

  • Auto backup with included WD Backup software
  • Password protection with hardware encryption
  • Reimagined design
  • Trusted drive built with WD reliability
  • USB 3.0 port; USB 2.0 compatible. SYSTEM COMPATIBILITY: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7. Requires reformatting for Mac OS X operating system.

SOURCE: Amazon – WD 4TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0


Over 6K Positive Reviews On These Seagate Expansion Portable External Hard Drives (USB 3.0)

June 12, 2017

If you go to Amazon and check out the Seagate Expansion drives (1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB) you will find that these drives are carrying a 4.3 star (Best Sellers) review rating, based on over 6,000 reviews. If you are in need of external backup storage, this drive is a good choice. You can also check and compare other external drive choices HERE

The Seagate Expansion portable drive provides extra storage for your ever-growing collection of files. Instantly add space for more files, consolidate all of your files to a single location, or free up space on your computer’s internal drive to help improve performance. Setup is straightforward; simply plug in the included USB cable, and you are ready to go. The drive is automatically recognized by the Windows operating system, so there is no software to install or configure. Saving files is easy too–just drag-and-drop. Take advantage of the fast data transfer speeds with the USB 3.0 interface by connecting to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port. USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 for additional system compatibility. System Requirements: Windows 7 or higher, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds or backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports at USB 2.0 transfer speeds, compatibility may vary depending on the user’s hardware configuration and operating system). Box Contents: Seagate Expansion Drive, 18-inch USB 3.0 Cable, and Quick Start Guide.

SOURCE: Amazon – Seagate Expansion Portable External Hard Drives


Convert Any 9.5mm & 7mm 2.5-Inch SATA HDD/SSD Into An External Hard Drive

December 22, 2016

Now this is what I call a really neat product. It is the Inateck 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (External Case) for 9.5mm 7mm SATA/HDD/SSD drives… What makes this enclosure standout is that it also serves as a 3 port USB (3.0) hub. Makes good use of any old drives you may have laying around.

Inateck

Features:

Automatic sleep function: Features automatic sleep and spin-down, goes into sleep mode automatically after 10 minutes in idle state. LED flashes each three seconds to indicate standby, a single access to the drive restores the operational mode. Sustainable power management and environmental protection ensured.

Features ABS plastic material, contemporary and reliable design; Top-grade Jmicron JMS567 chipset, theoretical USB 3.0 speeds of up to 5 Gbps, downward compatibility with USB 2.0/1.1.

Suitable for 9.5mm and below thickness 2.5-Inch SATA HDD; Converts any 9.5mm & 7mm 2.5-Inch SATA HDD/SSD into an external hard drive for ultimate mobility and convenience.

Tool free, No Reboot and Additional Driver is needed, easy to install and disassemble; Built-in foam pad, protect hard disk effectively.

Compatible with all Windows versions and Mac OS; eye-pleasing HDD LED activity indicator; Support hot-swap,Plug & play.


Geek Squeaks #2015-11 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring: A Quick Study On The Anatomy Of A Good Password and MORE)

August 11, 2015

A Quick Study On The Anatomy Of A Good Password – I plucked the information below from my work security notices about passwords and thought it would be good to share with my readers. It pretty much sums it up nicely about the creation and the composition of a good password.

Did you know the longer the password, the harder it is to crack? Consider a 12-character password or longer. Things to avoid: Names, places, dictionary words. Mix it up. Use variations on capitalization, spelling, numbers, and punctuation. Most importantly, don’t save passwords or use “remember me” especially on public computers.  Make sure your computer is secure.  Never give your password out to anyone and don’t post your password in plain sight.

From my experience I have found that people that use computers (and other devices) on the personal level (such as at home) use very weak passwords, never change them and are very liberal on who has access to those passwords. To solve this problem, I highly recommend that you use a password manager such as S10 Password Vault that will help you manage, organize, store and generate your passwords.

S10 Password Vault

Hope You Don’t Miss Out On This Deal At Best Buy ($49.99) – My Passport Ultra 1TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive – Black … Apparently Best Buy is clearing these out (which are the older models — but still a great buy)… If you miss out, and want one of the newer models, then try this link – CLICK HERE

WD - My Passport Ultra 1TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black - Larger Front

Here’s How To Use A Compass For Better Photography – If you have never visited Backcounty Gallery, then you do not know what you are missing… The site has FREE wallpapers that are to die for if you are a nature lover, featuring photos from the site’s developer (and photographer). If you are wondering, “How does he do that?”; then, read this article, at Backcountry Gallery, “Can A Compass Help You Get Better Photos?‘…

Backcountry Gallery

Have you ever tried going offline for days at a time? I don’t know if I could detach myself from my devices. I am serious, I have never tried it. Found this blog post at the Huffington Post “Why You Need To Go Offline For A Week” where the author explains that “you go completely offline (no internet allowed at all) and off grid (so no phone calls, texts etc.) to have a complete break from technology and communication with anyone you’re not physically with”. I encourage you to read this article to see his end results… I definitely need to go offline, get off the grid and go to hermit land.

Going Offline

Check out this men’s lithium powered mountain bike – This is an example of how battery technology is improving all of the time. This bike (or scooter) is by X-Treme Scooters (Model XB-300Li)… The Lithium Powered Electric Bicycle has a 300-Watt rear brushless hub motor for power operation. The bike has a key start and a variable speed control twist throttle. The bike can be powered exclusively by the motor, can be pedaled and power assisted, or be exclusively pedaled. Mountain bike components that make the bike great for trail and road riding include a seven-speed Shimano Tourney Gears Shifter System, lightweight 100 percent aluminum alloy frame, fully adjustable seat, and a RST Capa T7 hydraulic front fork for maximum shock absorption. The bike is also equipped with strong front and rear brakes, a battery indicator, a headlight, tool kit, and cargo rack.

Battery Powered Bicycle

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TECH DEAL – WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup

November 30, 2014

Noticed in my Sunday flier (for Cyber Monday), the Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with auto backup for $99.00. Did some research on the internet and Amazon has this drive for the same price with FREE SHIPPING. The nice thing about these drives is that they are truly a portable drive. Simply connect to your computer, backup your files, disconnect from the computer and store the drive off site somewhere (to truly protect your data). I currently own an older Western Digital Portable drive that has served me well; however, this one may be the replacement. This drive comes in a variety of colors (red, black, blue and gray) and is USB 3.0 compatible and backward compatible to USB 2.0.

WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup

(3 Year Warranty)

Size (LWH): 0.82 inches, 3.23 inches, 4.35 inches

WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup

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Good Deal On A Samsung 4TB External Hard Drive (limited days and limited supply)

November 1, 2014

A good friend pointed me into the direction of NewEgg on eBay for the SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5″ Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Bl. Appears the sale on this ends in 4 days and there is a limited supply.

I also did a price comparison below:

Newegg on Ebay – $99.99

What’s On My PC @ Amazon – $137.95 (good place to check for specs and reviews)

Samsung External Hard Drive - 4TB

Features:

  • Provides 4TB of desktop storage for all of your music, videos and photos.
  • AutoBackup personal backup solution
  • Secure Drive for data security
  • SuperSpeed USB 3 Cable
  • 3 years limited warranty

GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring A Windows 8.1 Update Install Marathon On A HP Computer (following a hard drive failure).

April 20, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] A Windows 8.1 Update Install Marathon On An HP Computer (following a hard drive failure) – This squeak is from a personal experience that I will keep short; therefore, a chopped up description.

Windows 8.1 Update

Have you ever ran a marathon and you thought there was no end? To me the experience below was unbelievable and was like running a marathon.

My Father’s All-In-One HP computer, running Windows 8.1, still under warranty, had a hard drive failure. Called HP, patched to India, on the phone for an over an hour to run the diagnostics and listen to them trying to scare me into buying the extended warranty. Hard drive failure confirmed, patched to another person in India who kept telling me how wonderful I was. Hard drive shipped (within 3 days), and installed (in less than 15 minutes); then, the real fun began.

The drive shipped with HP’s Windows 8 recovery software.  My objective was to get the machine up and running, then upgrade to Windows 8.1…

Long story short, started at 6 pm and finished after 1 am.  Over 7 hours to run the recovery, download all of the Windows updates, and download/install Windows 8.1.  The time involved did not include the other tweaking required to get my Father’s PC back to the point he originally was at (i.e. printer install, third party software installs, cosmetic changes, etc…).

I am definitely, at my next visit, going to image the disk…  Has anyone else experienced this?

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MORE GEEK SQUEAKS

[MICROSOFT OFFICE] Microsoft Launches Cheaper Office 365 Personal – First unveiled last month, Office 365 Personal lets you run Microsoft’s cloud-based document creation and editing suite on one PC or Mac and one tablet for $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year. Office 365 Personal is available online, at Microsoft stores, and through online and retail partners… @PCMag

[REMOTE PC ANDROID APP] Chrome Remote Desktop – Securely access your computers from your Android device. On each of your computers, set up remote access using the Chrome Remote Desktop app from Chrome Web Store. On your Android device, open the app and tap on any of your online computers to connect… @Google Play

[COMPUTER ACCESSORIES] Vantec CB-ISATAU2 SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter Supports 2.5-Inch, 3.5-Inch, 5.25-Inch Hard Disk Drives – The SATA/IDE-USB Adapter gives you the flexibility of connecting almost any type of drive to your computer via USB.  SATA, 3.5-inch IDE, 5.25-inch IDE, and 2.5-inch IDE drives are all supported and can be easily hot-swapped to your system.

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Vantec CB-ISATAU2 SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter

The included external power adapter will allow you to power your drives outside your system giving you the ability to quickly add or swap between drives without opening your case.  The SATA/IDE-USB adapter incorporates 3 interfaces to one USB adapters… @Amazon

[COMPUTER BACKUP SOFTWARE] FREE Backup Software Protects System & Data of Your PC – Back up your most important files and folders on a regular basis. Create a system image to keep Windows and applications safe. Back up entire hard disk or specified partitions, or just cloning them. Save time and effort with automatic, incremental, and differential backups… @AOMEI

[WEB APP] Zenpen – A minimalist writing zone by Tim Holman, to get you into that zone, where you can focus on the writing – with none of the distractions… @ZenPen

[HOW TO] Windows 8.1 Update tip: Clean up that disk space nowNow that you’ve had about a week to play around with the update—which brings the taskbar to the modern UI, among other welcome additions—the next few days present a good time to clear up extra space on your hard drive by getting rid of some Windows Update files.How much space you’ll recover depends on whether you’ve ever run the Disk Clean-up utility, and the number of different Windows versions you’ve ever run on your PC… @PCWorld


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