What should I look for in a Pocket Hard drive?

HKB December 28, 2010
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What should I look for in a Pocket Hard drive?

  1. Mike
    December 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    This refers to the file system the drive is formatted in.

    This shouldn't effect your purchase decision since you can alway reformat the drive to a File System that suits your needs (details below).

    FAT32 is a more universal file system
    You can read from and write to it from almost any operating system (and devices like a STB, HDD Recorder etc.) e.g. OSX, Windows, Linux, even DOS. The only limitation being that singles files cannot exceed a size of 4GB.

    NTFS on the other hand is Windows proprietary
    As long as you are using Windows there will be no problems using this file system.
    Mac OS X and Linux by default can only read from it, write support is experimental although proven to be reliable

  2. Mike
    December 28, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I guess the most important points ~besides the prize~ are the drive space, physical size and weight.

    Then you should also take a look at the warranty and accessories. Some drives come with only 2 years manufacturer warranty while others offer 5 years or more.
    As for accessories you probably want to know what cables are included (types & length) and software like backup tools etc.

    • Hozefa KB
      December 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks for the reply.
      One more question, what the difference between FAT32 & NTFS?