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BHN Staff
Saint Petersburg, FL
reply to ispalten

Re: How do you backup your local data?

said by ispalten:

said by BHNtechXpert:

Your friends would be ill advised to do that....tablets will not replace the desktop and the only new systems with expansion problems are the cheaper systems. Anyone buying a system solely based on the Windows 8 option....not a good idea. All new systems come with a multitide of connectivity options and adding a hard drive is hardly a technical process especially network or USB based.

Gary, hardly the case these days... check Best Buy adds, or look at HP for instance... (»www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-o···sktop-PC). You can get an i7 (older yes) in it even, and no USB ports listed? A friend bought this and then asked me what I thought, hard to believe but I was 'polite'.

Wait and see what happens when W8 ships, I'd be surprised if most vendors do not offer a touch screen option as well on normal desktops, but for now, only All-In-Ones. Screen size I think on All-In-Ones are the real plus draw here.

Irv did you bother to read the specs? There are all sorts of connectivity options with this device as is the case with almost any desktop and even mobile device. The only case where this isn't the case might be Apple (and we all know why) and the super cheap devices where they comprised expanability for price.

Internal specs

•Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit]
•Windows 7 Professional [64-bit]
•Windows 7 Ultimate [64-bit]
Processor•2nd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2400 quad-core processor [3.1GHz, 6MB cache]
•2nd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500 quad-core processor [3.3GHz, 6MB cache]
•2nd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 quad-core processor w Turbo-Boost [up to 3.8GHz, 8MB cache]
Memory•FREE UPGRADE to 8GB DDR3-1066MHz SODIMM [2 DIMMs] from 6GB
•6GB DDR3-1066MHz SODIMM [2 DIMMs]
•10GB DDR3-1066MHz SODIMM [3 DIMMs]
•12GB DDR3-1066MHz SODIMM [3 DIMMs]
•16GB DDR3-1066MHz SODIMM [4 DIMMs]
Graphics•Integrated graphics - Intel(R) HD
•1GB AMD Radeon HD 6450A
•1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M
•2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M
Optical drive•Slot-load Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
•Slot-load Blu-ray writer & SuperMulti DVD burner
Keyboard & Mouse•HP wireless keyboard and wireless optical mouse
Networking•Premium Wireless-N LAN card and Bluetooth(R )
•Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Ports•6-in-1 memory card reader, 4 total USB (2.0), Beats audio
•6-in-1 memory card reader, 4 total USB (2.0), Beats audio [with I/O for TV Tuner option]
•1 PCI-Express x16; 2 MiniCards

Knowing consumer tech is what I do Irv...I think I got this covered with all due respect.
~All truth goes through three phases. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident. - Arthur Schopenhauer ~


Clermont, FL

said by BHNtechXpert:

I think I got this covered with all due respect.

You SURE do, I missed the USB entirely.

BTW, I'm no fan of USB or even Networked back-ups. Too slow. Network can be problematic with some back-up utilities too. I use Norton Ghost and it does work with both, but my choice is an internal hard drive.
Irv Spalten

Palm Coast, FL

Eh? 1GbE can support nearly up to 125MB/s, which is nearly at the maximum write speed of my WD Caviar Black drive. It can actually be quite speedy. Add in a RAID array, and you will have the write capacity way beyond GbE, but it still won't be slow by any means.

Again, USB is also relative. Which USB? USB2.0, yeah that's a bit slow now. 3.0? Definitely not slow. It's only 1Gb/s below SATAIII at 6Gb/s. (theoretical.)

Anyway, it depends on the type of USB or "network", it's not really sufficient anymore just to say "USB or network" because those technologies have developed a little.

You can also do nifty things like using managed switches to create a 2GbE backbone between your common LAN and NAS. There are all sorts of options. Another one is powered external eSATA/eSATAp enclosures.