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My simpltech will not let me back up

I have had my Simpletech for almost a year and its been working fine but the other day it stopped letting me back up and my mac time machine wont reconize it either. It keeps popping up a window saying needs repair and that i need to back it up soon because its giving min. function. I can get to all the info i have backed up but cant back up anymore. I still have 71 gigs still left on it so that quit a lot still left for back up... Help Please... with the economy the way it is i cant aford to another one and i cant aford to lose the stuff on it... Thanks Roc

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The Only solution is to buy a big external hard drive prefurably not the one you have currently have go for the maxtor range as they are better quality in service for external devices and mak sure they are Sata drives which have better durabilaty and speed over Eide device hard drives and alot quieter and self power down when not in use and don't over heat as much with the other drives go for the cheapest one that has both usb 1.1/2.0 capabilaties this will make sure you have the correct speed for data transfer.

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