Computer Backup equipment info needed

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  1. Auburnpoet

    Auburnpoet New Member

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    I have been reading how important it is to backup the information on my computer, in case my hard drive crashes and to protect my data. I have been looking into an external hard drive enclosure to use with some of the old hard drives I have from earlier machines. How can I tell what kind of drives the older ones are, what kind of enclosure to buy, whether or not the old drives will work with my newer machine, and how to erase the older drives so they can be used as storage space? My current PC is a HP 552w and the older drives are from, an HP pavilion 6340, and an HP 513n. The newer machine has Windows XP home and the olders drives have Windows 98and Windows 2000 on them. I am not very computer literate and don't want to spend more than I have to, but I do want something that won't harm my machine for weekly backups. I would appreciate any help I can get. Thanks
     
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    As far as I know most external enclosures will accomodate any 3.5 hard drive. There should be a sticker on the old drive telling what model and size it is. If not, when you hook it up to your system and load windows, right click on the drive and hit properties. This will tell you any info you need. After that just right click on the drive and hit format. It will erase all info. Doesn't matter what operating system was on it.
     
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  3. Mega_Death

    Mega_Death Maha Guru

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    Burning CD's is one of the safest back ups.
     
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