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At the moment, my dissertation work is stored on the hard drive of the laptop and at Mozy. Completed sections are also held by my supervisor (and will be sent to the second supervisor as well). Notes and bibliographical information are at present only on my computer and at Mozy. I like Mozy a lot. It's free and automatic and has worked excellently when I've needed to retrieve things. If you don't currently do any backing up, I would definitely recommend it. But I'm not sure I want to put all my eggs into its basket, especially as the dissertation progresses.

Also, my laptop only has 50GB of space on the hard drive. Which is basically okay. I don't store lots of images, music or other large files on it. But it would be nice to clean it up a bit and move some of the things I really don't need easy access to out of the way.

So, I'm looking for a cheap, reliable, not necessarily vast in terms of space, external hard drive. And also for some good, reliable, cheap software which will do the automatic backing up of files.


ETA: Have now found this:

which looks like it might do the job (and is very pretty).
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I've had the laptop for about 8 months now, running Vista with 1GB RAM. This was fine at first but recently it's been getting slower and slower and I have one programme that I couldn't use because it would just bluescreen immediately.

So today I bit the bullet and took it in to Circuit City, paid the money and came home with 3GB RAM installed. Honestly, the computer now works faster than my brain. It's scary! It feels like having a new computer again.

ETA: Why are things never that straightforward with computers?

About an hour in, I suddenly got a dark blue screen with the ominous words 'Hardware Malfunction'. I did what any normal person would do - ignored it. Turned the computer off and on again. It worked perfectly, at the lightning fast speed, for the rest of the afternoon. Put it on hibernate to come home, try turning it back on - nothing. Just the Vaio flash, then no Windows, nothing.

Took it back to Circuit City where another teenager looked at it and shook his head. Apparently my computer (or possibly my version of Vista) won't cope with 3GB. So he took out one of the newly installed cards, and voilá, it works again, though not quite so fast. We're not back to yesterday's level of slowness. I'd say it's now about the speed of my brain, so that's good. Plus I get to return the memory card I didn't need, so it's saved money too.

I think I'm happy. So long as it WORKS this time!
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Brand shiny new laptop! Hooray. Isn't it pretty?


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