There are tons of packaged third-party hard drives on the market these days, some of them actually worth the cash when on sale. Often though, these external drives are about 50% higher in price than a bare OEM, non-encased hard drive. Is the extra software and convenience of pre-package external hard drive by vendors like Maxtor, Seagate or Western Digital really worth the extra cost' The answer in short is no.

Recently, I picked up the Vantec Nexstar 3 external drive enclosure. For $30, I had everything I needed to plug an old, space hard drive into my computer via the USB port. With a screw driver and 10 minutes of time, I had my bare hard drive installed and working with my entire household of computer. Yes, all my machines. With a USB connection, I now have a 300GB portable hard drive which I use to back up all the machines in the house. Just plug it into the USB port, copy some files and I'm resting easier at night.

You may not be the type that's comfortable fiddling around inside your PC but don't be afraid of Do It Yourself solutions like the Vantec Nexstar 3 hard drive enclosure kit. If you can change a light bulb, or fix a paper jam, you can do this too. In the end, you'll save some bucks and have your important files, photos and music backed up too. <

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