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advice on backup device for 9300

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Old July 8th 03, 11:59 AM
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Thanks Edward

I didn't know a pcmcia version of usb 2.0 was available , will look into it.

"Edward J. Neth" wrote in message
Yes, you can. You need a USB 2.0 PCMCIA card, along with drivers for your
OS if it is otherwise unsupported (Microsoft provides them for 2000 and

but not earlier releases).

"aft" wrote in message
Dear Anthony

Thank you for your very detailed and helpful reply, I have looked into

suggestions and while i find the idea of the hdd very good in

with my requirements, the transfer speed from hdd to the 9300 usb 1 port
seems very slow. I wonder if it is possible to upgrade to a usb 2 port

the 9300?

The CDRW option was the most appealing but again connecting it to the

is a compromise, although this would fit my requierements precisely.

The static devices like the usb memory sticks are very apppealing, I

look to
purchase one to try it out. Although the price per MB is expensive and

not be able to backup much of my artwork. But sounds good for smaller

While you have suggested the Firewire cable, unfortunately this would be
ideal but as it is not as universal as the usb port, it immediately has
limitations. will need to plug in firewire cards in other pcs.

Thank you once again for your help.


"Anthony Giorgianni" wrote in message
I have a 9300 as well. And yes, LS-120s, as good as they were, just

seem to hold up (and the disks are hard to get now anyway). I recently

20 gig Simpletech Simpledrive deluxe. There also are other brands of

units, which essentially are nothing more than the same laptop hard

you have in your 9300 placed in a plastic box (about the size of a

playing cards) with some electronics needed to use both USB/USB2 or
Firewire, your choice.

I use the Firewire cable, though the 9300's Firewire port is NOT

you will have to use the drive's power pack or get a powered Firewire

card if you intend to use the drive away from an outlet.

When plugged in, the drive appears simply as another drive letter in

Explorer (you also can make a desktop shortcut to it, just like a

It supports drag and drop and everything else an LS-120 can do. You

attach the unit to a desktop to transfer files back and forth between

laptop and desktop. The unit comes with a driver that you must install

Win98. For WindowsXP and 2000, you don't even need the driver. Just

the cable and go, right out of the box.

It works very well and are lightning fast. I paid about $120 for the

model on a great rebate promotion at Circuit City. There are units

capacities of more than 20 gigabyte - I think the max was 60 gig the

time I looked. As I said, I'm pretty sure there are brands other than
Simpletech. So take a look around. I got a little camera bag to put

for when I travel.

Other possibilities are CD writers (kinda small and slow), DVD writers
(definitely slow), tape drives (I've never used one) and PCMCIA hard

(though I guess those won't help you connect to a desktop). You also

a second drive for your 9300. And they are making these little memory
devices you attach to your key chain that hold quite a bit. They are

small and attach to the USB port. I saw an amazing one at Wal-Mart

holds 120 MB. It was only $40! Seems great if you are carrying files

and forth between home and the office.

Anthony Giorgianni

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"aft" wrote in message
Hi all

I have a Gateway 9300 laptop, usb ports,firewire etc.

i require a backup device for artwork from 50 mb upto 200 mb

and for general files.

However i would also like to connect it to desktops, ie have


I have been using LS120's but they have not been reliable lately.

any advice appreciated.

Thank you in advance



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