Kariudo wrote:your computer should work with almost any external hard drive, though the usb 1.1 (or 1.0) is going to slow down your transfer speeds (most usb devices now use usb2.0 . A usb2.0 device will work in a usb1.1 port)
if you're having trouble detecting the external HD, you may have to install service pack 2
BasharOfTheAges wrote:USB 1.0 has transfer speeds of 187 kB/s for low-speed and 1.5MB/s for full speed compared with USB 2.0's 60 MB/s transfer speed and a SATA HDD's 150MB/s or 300MB/s data rate.
You're looking at transfer speeds of 100 to 200 times slower than with an internal SATA Hard Drive.
TaranT wrote:When you tried your friend's external drive, did that drive have its own power supply? I've had older PCs where the USB port did not supply enough power to run even a small laptop drive. Situations like that require that the external case have its own power cord in addition to the USB cable.
If you have a desktop (not laptop) with a spare PCI slot, one of these would help:
There are similar products for laptops, like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6815124011
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