08-19-2017 12:36 PM
I have several backup drives nearing capacity so I was looking into getting a newer/larger one when I saw some products labeled "expansion" drives. Is there a difference and if so, under what conditions is one advisable over the other?
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08-20-2017 07:16 PM
The only real difference would be between internal and external drives. Internal hard drives would go inside of your computer and have no USB connection. External hard drives will come in an enclosure with a USB/SATA/Firewire/etc connection.
Expansion/external/backup drives are just different terms for the same thing. As long as it's a box that has a power/usb connector on it, it's what you're looking for.
08-21-2017 03:12 AM
08-21-2017 08:59 PM
Seagate I've noticed uses this term quite often and then you have Microsoft labeling an external drive as an expansion. I think back in the day when Toshiba introduced the idea, it confused everyone. It just has to do with extending the capability of your storage capacity without opening up the hardware.
It's more suitable for backup because rarely anyone uses a second internal drive, unless you're a hard core gamer or a dual booter and want to have two drives, one for games and the other for the OS.
08-23-2017 10:37 AM
I wonder if Backup drives come with additional software to go after the operating system files.... Kinda like drive imaging software....