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338 pages

Home Networking For Dummies

Creator: Kathy Ivens | Computers - 2007-06-18

One of the best things that's happened to network administrators (that's you, because you set up your home network) is the incredible reduction in prices for large external hard drives. You can buy hundreds of gigabytes of storage for under a ...

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

About this book
Having a network in your home increases work efficiency and minimizes confusion. If you want to set up a network in your home but you’re not quite sure where to start, then Home Networking for Dummies makes it easy for you to become your household’s network administrator. Now fully updated with information on the newest technology in networking available, this quick and to-the-point walkthrough will show you how to install Web connections in your entire home, whether by wires, cables, or WiFi. This resourceful guide illustrates: Planning and installing your network The differences between Ethernet cable, phone lines, and wireless technology Configuring computer sharing Setting up and managing users Installing, managing, and troubleshooting the network printer Understanding UNC format, mapping drives, and traveling on the network Working with remote files Securing your network from viruses, spyware, and other baddies Along with the basics, this book introduces fun ways to use your network, including sharing music, keeping shopping lists, creating photo albums, setting up a family budget, and instant messaging. It also provides ways to keep your network safe for kids, such as talking to your child about the Internet, creating site filters, and ISP E-mail filtering features. With this trusty guide your home will be fully connected and you’ll be working more efficiently in no time!



384 pages

Upgrading and Fixing PCs For Dummies

Creator: Andy Rathbone | Computers - 2007-07-30

I cover backup systems in the "Backing Up Your Hard Drive" section, later in this chapter. Although these are ... Stuff to watch out for: External hard drives are by far the easiest way to add extra storage space to your computer. Most PCs come  ...

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

About this book
Covers upgrades for gaming, digital video, and entertainment! Transform your PC into a glitch-free, turbocharged, multimedia machine Want to add punch to your PC? This handy reference helps add power to your old computer. Easy steps show you how to add memory, update your virus protection, get your PC ready for Windows Vista or rev it up as a cool entertainment center capable of recording TV shows or hearing DVDs in surround sound. Move files from an old PC to a new one Upgrade to Windows Vista Get rid of computer viruses Configure a wireless network Add a TV tuner and DVD burner



191 pages

Organize Your Digital Life, How to Store Your Photographs, Music, Videos, and Personal Documents in a Digital World

Creator: Aimee Baldridge | Computers - 2009

Some external hard drives can connect directly to a TV or stereo to play music. videos. and photos. Network-attached storage devices that support the UPnP AV standard can stream media to a network media player attached to a TV or to a ...

Publisher: National Geographic Books

About this book
Now that digital cameras and music players have become so incredibly widespread, a forest of sound and imagery is blossoming in our homes. We’ve got digital pictures in the camera, scans on the computer, JPEGS attached to e-mails, and tunes on tiny players. But there’s also the old-fashioned stuff: photos in shoeboxes, videos in the attic, documents in desk drawers, songs on tape and vinyl. How do you transform all of these different elements into a convenient archive you can store in your computer, easily reach, and actually enjoy? This book delivers basic step-by-step instruction on streamlining and organizing your "digital life" so you can find what you need instantly and create presentations your friends and family will love. In addition, you’ll be amazed at the decrease in household clutter and paper waste. For everyone --from teenagers who thrive on the technical to families with overflowing photo albums and seniors who’d love to collate decades’ worth of letters and pictures --this reader-friendly source has all the answers. These easy-to-follow solutions can truly enhance and simplify the hectic, over-saturated lives so many of us find ourselves leading today.


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  • Seagate

    Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA1000400)

    Personal Computer (Seagate)
    List Price: $69.99

    System requirements : Windows 8, Windows 7 Operating System
    Drag and drop to save files to the Expansion portable drive
    Offers enough data storage for: Up to 1,000 hours of digital video, Up to 250 two-hour DVD films, Up to 320,000 digital photos, Up to 16,660 hours of digital music
    The drive is automatically recognised by the Windows operating system - no software to install and nothing to configure
    SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds, or backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports at USB 2.0 transfer speeds)


  • WD

    WD 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBU6Y0020BBK-WESN

    Personal Computer (WD)
    List Price: $74.99

    2TB Storage Capacity
    Up to 5 Gb/s Data Transfer Speed
    For Mac compatibility this Hard Drive requires reformatting. Refer to Application Guide for guidance on this
    Adding extra storage for your videos, music, photos, and files
    Formatted NTFS for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Window 7.
    Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data transfers. Massive capacity
    USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
    Easily Reformat Drive for Mac
    Free trial of WD SmartWare Pro auto and cloud backup software
    WD quality and reliability


  • Seagate

    Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0, Silver (STDR2000101)

    Personal Computer (Seagate)
    List Price: $79.99

    Create easy customized backup plans with included Seagate Dashboard software
    Works interchangeably on PC and Mac computers-without needing to reformat
    Compatible with PlayStation 4 (Requires PS4 System Software Update 4.50 or higher)
    USB powered - no power supply necessary
    Quick file transfer with USB 3.0 connectivity


  • Western Digital (Direct Import)

    WD 1TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG0010BBK-WESN

    Personal Computer (Western Digital (Direct Import))

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    Western Digital (Direct Import)

    PS4 external drive for the win

    5/5 Eric Rose (VT United States) - See all my reviews, March 1, 2017

    Xbox One Backup

    5/5 Sam (San Diego, CA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) Works prefectly on my Xbox One, the difference between this and the wd passport is that with the passport your paying an additional fee for the wd backup software. In other words, if you are considering a hd for your xbox one, this is the one! Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 29, 2014

    "1.8 TB" actual, but expected.

    **XBOX ONE OWNERS**This is a nice, compact drive that is lightweight, and can safely be "stacked" on top of a console or PC with no threat of crushing or leaving indents after long periods of sitting. It can easily become inconspicuous, and even in view it is not much of an eye sore. As a matter of fact, it's black coloring goes just fine - sitting on top of my XBox One(top left - DO NOT PLACE THE DRIVE ON THE TOP RIGHT OF THE CONSOLE WHERE THE VENTILATION IS).XBox One owners who have reached their storage limits would appreciate this. It IS practically "PLUG & PLAY". Practically, because you must not plug the drive usb into the console until you have FIRST powered up your console. I plugged - then powered up the first attempt, and the XBox didn't even sense it. Power up the console(give it time to load your home screen), plug in the HD's usb(I plugged it in the "rear" of the console), go to "Settings", then "Storage"... 5/5 Apparition - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBU6Y0020BBK-WESN (Personal Computers) **XBOX ONE OWNERS**This is a nice, compact drive that is lightweight, and can safely be "stacked" on top of a console or PC with no threat of crushing or leaving indents after long periods of sitting. It can easily become inconspicuous, and even in view it is not much of an eye sore. As a matter of fact, it's black coloring goes just fine - sitting on top of my XBox One(top left - DO NOT PLACE THE DRIVE ON THE TOP RIGHT OF THE CONSOLE WHERE THE VENTILATION IS).XBox One owners who have reached their storage limits would appreciate this. It IS practically "PLUG & PLAY". Practically, because you must not plug the drive usb into the console until you have FIRST powered up your console. I plugged - then powered up the first attempt, and the XBox didn't even sense it. Power up the console(give it time to load your home screen), plug in the HD's usb(I plugged it in the "rear" of the console), go to "Settings", then "Storage"... Read more, March 3, 2017
    List Price: $59.80
    Massive capacity
    For Mac compatibility this Hard Drive requires reformatting. Refer to Application Guide for guidance on this
    Free trial of WD SmartWare Pro auto and cloud backup software
    Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data transfers


  • Seagate

    Seagate Expansion 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA2000400)

    Personal Computer (Seagate)

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    Seagate

    Working as intended for PS4.

    5/5 Amazon Customer - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Seagate Expansion 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA2000400) (Personal Computers) I bought the 2TB version and it does work with the PS4 (current version 4.50). At first it said it didn't support it but after I restarted my PS4 it worked. Currently works as intended. There's 1.84TB usable after formatting. It took 19 minutes to transfer 3 games (118.3 GB) over from the internal hard drive to this external hard drive. Will update if anything arises., March 10, 2017

    Good choice, but there are better alternatives. DETAILED info for Wii U, PS4, XBOX owners!!

    I've often complained about Amazon rating system for tech products and external USB hard drives are great example of the problem. Simply, it's saturated market with lots of viable options, while impact of "picking wrong" is quite profound. You can wake up one day and find out that your data is gone. Reviews here don't help much: you read 1 star review saying "drive arrived dead", then you have 5 star review saying "drive is great". Which one to trust? Especially since I would prefer "dead on arrival" HDD to one that dies after 1 year of working.In my case - now that Nintendo Switch is coming - I wanted to download all digitally purchased games I have for Wii U and store them along with save games on one drive. Testing tech components is a hobby of mine and I've decided to go all in - purchasing 3 external HDD drives so I can test how they work and pick the best one. The drives I've tried out are:WD 1TB Black My Passport Portable... 3/5 Nobody - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA1000400) (Personal Computers) I've often complained about Amazon rating system for tech products and external USB hard drives are great example of the problem. Simply, it's saturated market with lots of viable options, while impact of "picking wrong" is quite profound. You can wake up one day and find out that your data is gone. Reviews here don't help much: you read 1 star review saying "drive arrived dead", then you have 5 star review saying "drive is great". Which one to trust? Especially since I would prefer "dead on arrival" HDD to one that dies after 1 year of working.In my case - now that Nintendo Switch is coming - I wanted to download all digitally purchased games I have for Wii U and store them along with save games on one drive. Testing tech components is a hobby of mine and I've decided to go all in - purchasing 3 external HDD drives so I can test how they work and pick the best one. The drives I've tried out are:WD 1TB Black My Passport Portable... Read more, February 21, 2017

    Works with PS4

    5/5 B. L. Baca (Amarillo, TX) - See all my reviews, April 30, 2015
    List Price: $79.74
    Drag and drop file saving for Windows, right out of the box.
    Fast file transfers with SuperSpeed USB 3.0
    Powered by USB port
    Compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
    Easy and simple to use - plug it in and go


  • Seagate

    Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB5000100)

    Personal Computer (Seagate)
    List Price: $120.29

    Compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
    Easy and simple to use - simply plug in the power adapter and USB cable
    Please note: For Mac compatibility this Hard Drive requires reformatting. Reformatting the drive will erase all content unless it is backed up to another drive. Refer to Application Guide for guidance on this.
    Drag and drop file saving for Windows, right out of the box
    Fast file transfers with SuperSpeed USB 3.0


  • Seagate

    Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0, Black (STDR2000100)

    Personal Computer (Seagate)
    List Price: $79.99

    Works interchangeably on PC and Mac computers-without needing to reformat
    Quick file transfer with USB 3.0 connectivity
    Create easy customized backup plans with included Seagate Dashboard software
    USB powered - no power supply necessary
    Compatible with PlayStation 4 (Requires PS4 System Software Update 4.50 or higher)


  • Seagate

    Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0, Black (STDR4000100)

    Personal Computer (Seagate)
    List Price: $119.00

    USB powered -no power supply necessary
    Quick file transfer with USB 3.0 connectivity
    Create easy customized backup plans with included Seagate Dashboard software
    Works interchangeably on PC and Mac computers-without needing to reformat
    Compatible with PlayStation 4 (Requires PS4 System Software Update 4.50 or higher)


  • Seagate

    Seagate Expansion 3TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB3000100)

    Personal Computer (Seagate)

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    Seagate

    Pleasantly surprised

    First off, i was wary of the number of review stars on this drive since A) it's a seagate which seems to get a bad rap as of late, and B) most of the 5-star reviews are vine voice reviews of free products. Over the last year or so i've come to the conclusion that these elite reviewers would rather keep their free stuff coming than provide honest reviews... but who am I to judge... i'd probably do the same.Rant aside, this drive is fast as hell. I was surprised how quickly it comes out of sleep mode (~ 2 seconds vs the 10-15 it takes my old(er) WD 3.0TB drive). I ran a long SMART check that came back clean and i've copied about a TB of stuff over to it. Zero complaints so far... but as others have said, we'll see how it fares in the long-term. If I needed another 5TB right now, I wouldn't hesitate on buying another one of these.Amazon packing was a little sketchy... the air bags stopped the HD from moving horizontally in the box, but not vertically. Other... 5/5 jeremy - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB5000100) (Personal Computers) First off, i was wary of the number of review stars on this drive since A) it's a seagate which seems to get a bad rap as of late, and B) most of the 5-star reviews are vine voice reviews of free products. Over the last year or so i've come to the conclusion that these elite reviewers would rather keep their free stuff coming than provide honest reviews... but who am I to judge... i'd probably do the same.Rant aside, this drive is fast as hell. I was surprised how quickly it comes out of sleep mode (~ 2 seconds vs the 10-15 it takes my old(er) WD 3.0TB drive). I ran a long SMART check that came back clean and i've copied about a TB of stuff over to it. Zero complaints so far... but as others have said, we'll see how it fares in the long-term. If I needed another 5TB right now, I wouldn't hesitate on buying another one of these.Amazon packing was a little sketchy... the air bags stopped the HD from moving horizontally in the box, but not vertically. Other... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 17, 2015

    YES THIS DOES WORK ON THE PS4 for GAMES (Install PS update 4.50)

    I bought this hard drive in February when I read that a soon to be released update for the PS4/PS4 PRO would support external hard drives to install games and applications. Then i waited... well that day is today. PS4 received update, I installed this drive, had PS4 format drive (simply follow the prompts) and there you go. You then have a much needed expansion for your games for the PS4. Yes I had already switched to larger internal hard drive quite some time ago. I installed several games to this hard drive today and there was NO issues. No lag, no slowdown, even when in game movies played... ran great.***** IMPORTANT INFO *****You HAVE to have the PS 4.50 update in order to use this drive. If you do not have the 4.50 update installed on your PS4 then this drive nor any other drive will work to install GAMES. You can still use an external hard drive for photos and music before the 4.50 update. Again you HAVE to have the PS 4.50 update to install games to this... 5/5 DBClutch - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB5000100) (Personal Computers) I bought this hard drive in February when I read that a soon to be released update for the PS4/PS4 PRO would support external hard drives to install games and applications. Then i waited... well that day is today. PS4 received update, I installed this drive, had PS4 format drive (simply follow the prompts) and there you go. You then have a much needed expansion for your games for the PS4. Yes I had already switched to larger internal hard drive quite some time ago. I installed several games to this hard drive today and there was NO issues. No lag, no slowdown, even when in game movies played... ran great.***** IMPORTANT INFO *****You HAVE to have the PS 4.50 update in order to use this drive. If you do not have the 4.50 update installed on your PS4 then this drive nor any other drive will work to install GAMES. You can still use an external hard drive for photos and music before the 4.50 update. Again you HAVE to have the PS 4.50 update to install games to this... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 9, 2017

    3X failed drives..not so good

    1/5 G. Gatdula (Virginia Beach,Va) - See all my reviews, March 27, 2017
    List Price: $89.99
    Easy and simple to use - simply plug in the power adapter and USB cable
    Fast file transfers with SuperSpeed USB 3.0
    Drag and drop file saving for Windows, right out of the box
    Compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
    Please note: For Mac compatibility this Hard Drive requires reformatting. Reformatting the drive will erase all content unless it is backed up to another drive. Refer to Application Guide for guidance on this.


  • Western Digital Bare Drives

    WD 1TB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBGPU0010BBK-NESN [Old Model]

    Personal Computer (Western Digital Bare Drives)
    List Price: $68.80

    Formatted NTFS for Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 operating systems. Requires reformatting for Mac OS X operating systems. Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.
    WD Backup, Option to backup to Dropbox using cloud services, Includes Quick Install guide and USB Cable
    4-inch Form Factor, 1TB Storage Capacity
    3-year limited warranty
    USB 3.0, Password Protection with Hardware Encryption



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