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  1. The specs say it supports up to 250 GB. Why it stops at 250 GB I have no idea--or maybe they are using that figure due to the biggest drives available now?
  2. Thanks for the very helpful replies, guys. It looks like the ADS Dual Link is "the one". I see that has them on backorder. Thanks again!
  3. Hmmm, wow, very interesting. I will have to sift through all those replies and make a choice.
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    Giving up on Antivirus software

    Wow, lots of arrogant-sounding advice here. Lots of "unless you're an idiot, you don't need AV protection" sentiments as well (and don't tell me I'm off-base with that interpretation; words very much like that were used in one particular post). While some of the people who brag about never using AV protection say they have had "only one or two viruses for as long as I've used computers", I have never, EVER had a virus, worm, trojan, or other malware activate on my system. I have downloaded perhaps two or three of them over the years, but I've never activated one--whether or not it would have done harm. This isn't because I haven't been around long enough, or because I don't download software. Saying "shucks, I got a virus once, but it didn't do any harm" is missing the point. Saying "gee whiz, I can reformat" is just as bad. The reason is simple... what if your next malware isn't a virus, but a remote-access trojan (RAT)? What then? You'll do your proud reformat after some 14-year-old scumbag has scoured your entire system? I run PC-cillin 2003, and I detect no performance loss whatsoever. Maybe I could detect a minor slowdown if I tested with two identical systems side-by-side, the only difference being the presence or lack of PC-cillin. Maybe. But even then, the minor slowdown would only apply to application launch. Show me the benchmarks that prove otherwise. I do understand the frustration, and the ill will. I've suffered with crap AV software. I suffered crash after crash with Panda, weird system behavior and lack of reliability with Norton, nonexistent trojan detection with EZ Antivirus, and so on. But I didn't give up entirely. You guys who advise against running AV protection are being irresponsible, as far as I'm concerned. You should run AV (and sometimes also AT) software on any system that ever has new software installed on it--no matter how safe you think the source of that software is. The reason isn't because "well, I'm a moron; I better use AV protection!", but rather because any responsible security approach involves layers. And "gee whiz, Mah, I think that shareware site is legitimate" does NOT cut it.
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    Registry Cleaner

    I've tried most of the registry cleaners that are available, and most are totally unimpressive. Jv16 PowerTools is no exception; it isn't particularly thorough. The best cleaner--by far--that I have come across is RegVac. This utility is shareware, but you can always run it, then remove it, or whatever. It will remove entries everything else misses. And it uses simple, standard, compatible REG files to backup whatever it removes. The RegVac interface does suck, and the author made it look totally ridiculous with the latest version (2.0) by using a goofy "Mac look". But it does its job very well nonetheless. or Even with all that said, I have to agree with drwtsn32. Registry cleaners are not necessary, and if you use them, you better know what you're doing. To backup the Win2K/XP registry, use ERUNT: ERUNT
  6. Yes... I forgot to mention the size requirement. I would need it to support "large drives" as well. Looking at these models: hard drive enclosures appears there is something magical about >200 GB drive support. The reason I am hesitant to just read, click, and buy an enclosure is that I know some people have had trouble with them, such as cheap construction, difficulty installing the drive, and so on. Then there are other considerations... Some may have a power switch, others not. Some have DC wall warts, others have an AC plug, with the converter inside the unit itself (which is far preferable to me).
  7. I'm looking for an external hard drive enclosure that supports both USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394. * The hard drive to be used is 3.5" IDE. * Price should be no more than ~$75 USD. I know such enclosures exist, but it's awfully hard to choose one online. Any real-world experiences you could offer would be most appreciated.