Re: External drive does not show in My Computer
- From: Walt Thatcher <thatcherw57@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2008 17:23:20 -0600
"Anna" <myname@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"JS" <@> wrote in message news:OlR6XR9VJHA.2576@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Also you find this useful.
I use it prior to shutdown for my internal drives.
(actually run it twice and then shutdown the PC)
Have not tried Sync on external drives.
I don't use USB drives and do not want to find out the hard
way like some users have that they can not longer access
their files on a USB drive.
Despite the great prices lately, a USB drive is not the
place where I would choose to store my image backups.
If you have multiple computers and users you might consider
adding Sync to a batch file that runs as part of the shutdown
process. It's just might reduce at least some of the USB problems.
I might just add that with the enormous increase in SATA-based PCs (both
desktops & notebooks) over the past five years or so, we strongly recommend
(wherever possible) the use of external enclosures that provide for a
SATA-to-SATA data connection between the enclosure and the PC. (These
enclosures will nearly always be also equipped with USB connectivity).
Who is this "we" that you often refer to??
The advantage here with desktop machines - and it's a significant advantage
in our opinion - is that through a SATA-to-SATA connection either via an
eSATA port incorporated on the motherboard (if so equipped) or with an
inexpensive SATA (or eSATA) adapter affixed to the backplane of the computer
case, the user has the advantage of very fast data transfer speeds as
compared with a USB external HDD.
And significantly, since the system will treat the external SATA HDD in that
situation as an *internal* HDD, one has the added benefit of having a
bootable device as well when using a disk-cloning program and cloning the
contents of one's "source" drive to the SATA "destination" external HDD.
This is a decided advantage over a USBEHD since that device is not bootable.
The advantages noted above can also be obtained when using a SATA-based
laptop/notebook PC. In this case the ExpressCard with one or two eSATA ports
will serve the same purpose.
As you may know from my previous posts we are strong proponents of using
removable HDDs in our desktop systems.
There's that "we" again.
Using that hardware arrangement (in.
our view) one gets the best of all worlds with that configuration.
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