So, I'm getting a new laptop for school next year and I want a bit of extra space as I have a lot of music and pictures and stuff that's been bogging down my current computer. As such, I've been looking for a way to keep the new one, umm, not so full of my crap.
That said, I've been looking at getting an external hard drive. They're huge and not that expensive. I"ve heard a lot of good things about them, but yesterday in my research I came upon a fair number of complaints about them locking people out from the data and having weird issues.
I can't see any reason they would be any less reliable than an internal hard drive. Does anyone out there with any experience dealing with these want to weigh in? Am I missing something? Is an external hard drive a reasonably reliable means of storing files on a computer? I'm looking at getting a Maxtor or Western Digital, most likely.