Re: 2 External USB HD for XP and ME
It would have helped if he mentioned his end goal. That is whether backing
up a few files, a small transfer, or say a complete backup, a huge transfer.
My experience with USB2 is it is not extremely fast, not near as fast as
internal drive. And if connecting via LAN or running a LAN HDD it will be
still slower on a 100Mb. Depending upon MOBO onboard or ability to add,
Gigabit LAN would offer more hope if speed is needed.
You mentioned buying a box to put that super fast SATA in but did not make
it clear what interface on the box. I'll assume USB2 as that is the slant of
the thread, but would like to through in Firewire and external SATA.
NONovice did not let us know if his MOBO has built in Firewire or the
ability to add a card for it or the SATA external. If at least one of his
systems already has Firewire then he might want to consider a dual interface
external box, USB2 & Firewire.
And what seems to be the latest thing is external SATA. A few MOBO have it
built in, but this subject I do not know in depth, and I consider it worth
researching as to reliability, etc. since it is so much faster.
Although mentioned, the roadblock at 137GB HDD, a quick check of the Seagate
manual for my last drive says that can be overcome with an addin card for
systems XP pre SP1 and earlier. And that may be so of SATA as well, but I
have no experience that way. My experience with SATA has not been good
because WME has no drivers for it and my MOBO maker provided no drivers for
my onboard SATA. It does seem to work fine under XP SP2.
Since I have the room, I may check out one of those addin cards myself since
I'm dual booting , but it won't be for awhile.
"Patrick Keenan" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> ="New Orleans Novice" <ReadingLearningWriting@gmail.com> wrote in message
>> I have 2 PC's. 1 with XP with an External USB HD. The 2nd PC has Win
>> ME. Is there such a thing as an External USB HD that will work with Win
> Sure. Many of them, if not most.
>> Where, when and how can I purchase it and install it?
> There are two issues. The first is the file system - FAT or NTFS. If
> the external drive is formatted NTFS, you won't access it with ME. So,
> you have to ensure that the drive is formatted FAT32. You will be
> limited as to the size of files you can copy to this drive. For FAT32,
> the limit is around 4 gigabytes.
> The second issue is simple, you install the ME driver that comes with the
> external drive or case. The driver is for the circuitry of the case, not
> for the drive. It won't allow you to access NTFS volumes from WinME.
> The way I approach the external drive issue is to choose a case that I
> like, which will be around $25 - $45, and then a drive that I think I can
> trust; and where I am, a bare half-terabyte SATA3 disk is under $90.
> If you do need to access NTFS volumes from ME, you can do this over a
> network connection. Connect the external drive to the XP system, share
> the drive, then go to the ME system and map the drive to a letter.