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post Jan 11 2010, 05:30
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My first post, so be gentle – I am so-so literate about computers but will get lost in more heavy details. Using the search option, I have poured over the forum for the past 24 hrs trying to get pointers to help me create a back up drive for my CD music collection which I want to save as FLAC files…and well, I am getting confused so let me just ask for help. Here is my situation:

I have an 8 yr old Dell Laptop – Inspiron 8200- with a 60GB HD. 46BG are used. USB 1 (I guess USB 2 did not exist back then).

GOAL: I have 300 or more CD’s and would like to burn those directly onto an external HD - not rip an album to my Laptops HD, then export to the External HD - that should take more than twice the amount of time needed since I would constantly have to delete the FLAC album files from my puny laptop HD. I will probably store them in single album folders to make it easy to move specific content to a PMP. I am not tied to that idea though.

PURPOSE: To be able to pull the FLAC files from the external HD directly onto a Portable Music Player and album at a time or individual songs from different albums. Currently, I have a 2GB Samsung P5 (can only hold 20 or so FLAC files at a time, the sound is really nice, believe it or not) but will be getting (probably) the Corwon S9 32 GB before long.

I will get a new Laptop later this year with a 500 GB HD, but would like to get started storing my music now, perhaps then I can use the external HD as a simple back up for the FLAC files, importing maybe half of the music on the new computer.
My girlfriend bought me a 320 GB Western Digital Passport Essential. I am returning it after having trouble disabling the infernal ‘WD Sync’ – even following instructions on the WD website, I continue to loose data…and/or now when I send albums to it, they apparently go there…but disappear. If I try again, I can’t use the same Artist-Album convention as it says the file already exist…but I can’t find it. One great big headache. The ‘Sync’ idea is not for me, I just want an external storage place. BTW I am using the free Express Rip from NCH software for this...works great when I rip straight from CD to my laptops HD.

Does anyone have an idea of how I can better go about this or does this look like a reasonable plan?
Can anyone recommend a 500 GB (that should be enough, but 1T is affordable) external HD that would be ideal for this? I am really soured on the WD at the moment. I've been eyeing either a Seagate Freeagent Go or an Iomega eGo - PC World Mag 02/2010 gives the mac version their top honor for Top Portable Hard Drives. Just started searching so neither may be what I need.

I have seen a lot of people here willing to share their experiences so I am hoping some of you will continue to do this - even if you have not had the issues I am beset with but just have some good advice to share. It will be appreciated.

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post Jan 11 2010, 13:29
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QUOTE (Leavenfish @ Jan 11 2010, 12:30) *
BTW I am using the free Express Rip from NCH software for this...works great when I rip straight from CD to my laptops HD.

Ditch this and use EAC or dbpoweramp.

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- Leavenfish   Need Advice On An External BackUp Plan for FLAC Files   Jan 11 2010, 05:30
- - A_Man_Eating_Duck   Having only one copy of your FLAC's does not m...   Jan 11 2010, 07:39
|- - Soap   QUOTE (A_Man_Eating_Duck @ Jan 11 2010, 02...   Jan 11 2010, 11:55
|- - fatfassbinder   As an external hard drive, I recommend Seagate Exp...   Jan 11 2010, 13:30
|- - Leavenfish   QUOTE (fatfassbinder @ Jan 11 2010, 06:30...   Jan 12 2010, 04:45
|- - Mike Giacomelli   QUOTE (Leavenfish @ Jan 11 2010, 22:45) Q...   Jan 12 2010, 05:50
|- - DonP   QUOTE (Mike Giacomelli @ Jan 11 2010, 23...   Jan 12 2010, 16:52
- - twostar   QUOTE (Leavenfish @ Jan 11 2010, 12:30) B...   Jan 11 2010, 13:29
- - Innuendo_   I'm going to put forth an idea that is going t...   Jan 12 2010, 16:16
|- - pdq   QUOTE (Innuendo_ @ Jan 12 2010, 11:16) I...   Jan 12 2010, 17:06
- - trout   I also suggest a drive enclosure or dock, and bare...   Jan 12 2010, 18:25
|- - Leavenfish   Thanks for all the good advice. One thing I was al...   Jan 13 2010, 05:20
|- - Glenn Gundlach   QUOTE (Leavenfish @ Jan 12 2010, 20:20) T...   Jan 13 2010, 06:19
|- - maggior   QUOTE (Leavenfish @ Jan 13 2010, 00:20) T...   Jan 13 2010, 18:41
- - A_Man_Eating_Duck   QUOTE (Soap @ Jan 11 2010, 23:55) QUOTE (...   Jan 13 2010, 19:36
- - Teknojnky   I used to use an i8200 and it should have a firewi...   Jan 13 2010, 20:46
- - viktor   you can't do serious tasks with a laptop. seri...   Jan 13 2010, 23:35
|- - greynol   QUOTE (viktor @ Jan 13 2010, 14:35) for r...   Jan 13 2010, 23:43
|- - viktor   QUOTE (greynol @ Jan 13 2010, 23:43) QUOT...   Jan 13 2010, 23:49
- - greynol   Naw, it seemed like you had the results from some ...   Jan 13 2010, 23:59

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