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Mister.J

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External HDD question
« on: November 06, 2013, 01:24:15 PM »
Anybody have any experience buying an external hard drive in Japan?

Is the user interface in Japanese?

Is there a simple plug in and play one that works on Macs?  Im looking to buy one under 100 dollars

My search on google turned up old threads from gaijinpot from 2005.

Couldnt find a more recent discussion about this topic from google.
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Re: External HDD question
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2013, 09:13:32 AM »
It's a hard drive, it doesn't have a "user interface".
It will just come up as another drive/device when you plug it in your computer.

They're all plug and play and hat use USB cables.

My advice is to get a "slim" or "portable" drive as they're powered by USB so it's easy to use on different computers etc. full size external drives have their own power supply so you've gotta plug them into the wall which is a pain in the ass sometimes.

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Re: External HDD question
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2013, 11:42:35 AM »
Are you looking for one with some kind of pre-installed backup software or something?  That's the only thing I can imagine would need an interface, and it would probably be in Japanese.  If it's too hard to use, though, you can always remove it and use a different program with the drive.

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Re: External HDD question
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2013, 11:48:31 AM »
User interface as in

one that would encrypt folders.  scan for malware etc.

i ended up buying one online on Amazon.

now i have to return the bufallo one i bought at hardoff.

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Re: External HDD question
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2013, 11:34:15 AM »
If you buy an international brand it should be no problem as they generally will have different language options.  Also almost every external hard drive is plug and play so jut plug it in and go.

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Re: External HDD question
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2013, 04:36:20 PM »
The question about getting a HDD looks answered already, but I wanted to touch on this in case you're buying computers/hardware later and need help.

User interface as in one that would encrypt folders.  scan for malware etc.

A user interface is how programs or software communicate with the user, not an actual program in itself. Graphic User Interfaces (GUI) is the standard on almost every computer today and probably has been since Windows 95 (Microsoft Disk Operating System, or MS-DOS would be an example of a command-driven interface). Items like malware and encryption programs are software, and how you see/access them is determined by your own computer. There are a number of sites online that define each if you're interested. Just food for thought  :-)