questionswhich external hard drives? please help....less…

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A refurb with a 90 day warranty? I'd pass as well.

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Just a note of caution, It appears that all of these drives are refurbs with only a 90 day warranty. Personally I would never trust my data (especially backups) to a refurb hdd. If it has failed once before you can guarantee it will again.

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So far then...just pick one of these as a backup, ignore them for the tablet or DVR.

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There are external hard drives that are externally powered.
These are the ones with both the usb and the 120v power cords. ;+}
There are a lot of devices (tablets, etc) that don't like powering up other devices off their ports.

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@tbgolladay: I am so glad you mentioned the tablet. I missed that the first time I read the question.

@morriea: Never mind about the tablet. I don't know if you can use an external with that or not.

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I've been looking at backup drives for my computer also. Best Buy has the Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB on sale for $59.99. They may only have it in blue, but who cares. The reviews I've seen have been very good. It is USB 3.0/2.0 and is powered by the USB connection. Here's the link:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+Digital+-+My+Passport+Essential+500GB+External+USB+3.0/2.0+Portable+Hard+Drive+-+Pacific+Blue/1251548.p?id=1218242901808&skuId=1251548&st=1251548&cp=1&lp=1
I don't know about a drive for a tablet or a DVR. Don't most DVR's have a list of the drives that are compatible? You'll probablt have to pick one of those. Good luck.

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Good news and bad news. Good first. You should be able to use any of those drives (I like the Passport series) with your Asus. It will be drawing power from the USB port, so your battery life will go down while the HD is plugged in. And now the bad news...you can't use a USB powered hard drive with Dish receivers, and all the ones on 1saleaday are usb powered. I have a Dish receiver and use a WD external drive, a My Book 500GB. Even a 500GB drive will hold hundreds of hours of HD video, so there's no need to get a terabyte. Oh, and they make a model that's specifically for DVRs. It costs more (I believe) and is completely unnecessary. Any usb2 hard drive with its own power supply will be fine.

edit: That's what Dish technical support told me, at least. I never tried any other drives, so I could be mistaken.