Hello, I just joined Majorgeeks today. I'm old enough to remember doing my thesis on punch cards but willing to learn technology everyday. I love computers and the related gadgets. Forums with experts like you guys are the way to go. I subscribe to brighthand.com and headfi.com and learned and helped more there than you can believe. So how did I wind up here? I have spent a good 4 -6 hours just trying to answer the question. I want a good external hard drive for backup (one that won't crash in two months ). I have been searching internet links, etc. This all started with this week's COMPusa ad for the Maxtor 250 gb external for $99. The drive has gotten everything from 0 to 10 depending on who's magazine site or link you land. Same with the others. I really couldn't find anything substantial on the previous threads at major geeks. SO....... External -In the 200 to 300 or more gb range for the average guy to back-up documents, music and videos. -Should I wait for the revolving sales at Compusa? -Prefer not to built one, just plug and play. Maxtor, Iomega, Seagate, Western Digital, AcomData, LaCie, IOgear? HELP!