EDIT: Sorry for typo's. I hate my mom's laptop with a passion. Anyway... so recently, I've discovered that my computer has no storage space in it whatsoever. Brand new, it came with a whopping 60GBs. -_________- 77Gb's if you count the 17 in my backup drive. So I was talking to one of my brothers the other day, and he told me about these things called external hard drives? I never knew about them... but if I have the right idea, they seem wonderful! I found a couple under or around 100 bucks, which should be fine if I get enough Christmas money. So basically, it's like a USB thumbdrive on steroids, right? From what I've seen, it's usually a compact box varying in sizes, and you jsut plug it in through a USB port, and the computer reads it as another hard drive? If so, that's awesome! I looked around in newegg just for the heck of the reviews, but saw that a lot of them had problems with "running out after a month" and such. For me 100 bucks+ is a LOT of money. I really need an EHD that won't be very expensive, and will last me a LONG time. What do you guys have in mind? Please, any help would be appreciated. Links, brands, advice, anything. Some info that might help you... I live near a Best Buy, Frys, Target, and Wal Mart. If all goes well, I will probably have around 100 bucks + anywhere from 30-70 extra. I need a really good brand that will last me. Preferably from Frys, since it's closest. I have a Dell E310, I believe. Also, it would be nice if the drive was at least semi-compact, so I would be able to take it to friend's houses and such. Thanks!