Hi all, I'm currently in the market for an external hard drive, the problem is that I don't know much about them, thus the creation of this thread. First, let me give you some background on why I've come to need one. When I was in college I had a school issued laptop where I stored all my music. When I graduated, I was able to keep the laptop. Unfortunately, that laptop died within a year after graduating, leaving me with no songs. Fast forward to now. I'm looking to start an itunes library from scratch, but I have a problem in that I don't have my own personal computer, per se. I currently use a collection of computers (mostly my work issued laptop). However, I cannot store music on my work laptop (nor would I want to, as I would lose it if I ever changed jobs and had to return my work computer). Thus, my current plan is to buy an external hard drive, download itunes to my work computer and another computer I have access to, but to download the actual songs from itunes onto the external hard drive via a USB connection. Theoretically, that would make my music library portable, being able to access my songs from whichever computer I plugged my external hard drive into, correct? Is that even possible? Recently, I've been doing alot of research on external hard drives. Here's a list of things I would like in any purchase: - Easy to use. I'm not a technical guy. I'm not looking to install any software on a computer just to use the external hard drive. In my mind, the perfect external hard drive for me would mirror a jump/thumb drive -- plug it into the USB port, the computer recognizes it, and drag and drop files. - The ability to create folders. - Reliability is hugely important. I don't want to lose my library again. - I'm not looking to spend much more than $100. As I mentioned, I've been doing some research on hard drives (which has basically consisted of me going on Amazon's best selling list ). Here's three drives I've been looking at (I realize two of them are probably the same drive sans the storage space): [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Iomega-Prestige-Desktop-External-34275/dp/B001D7REJ4/ref=pd_ts_e_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics"]Amazon.com: Iomega Prestige 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive 34275: Electronics[/ame] [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Portable-External-Drive-HDDR320E04XW/dp/B002CM3N2Q/ref=pd_ts_e_4?ie=UTF8&s=electronics"]Amazon.com: Toshiba 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive HDDR320E04XW (Vivid White): Electronics[/ame] [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-500-Portable-Hard-Drive/dp/B002BW6DBU/ref=pd_ts_e_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics"]Amazon.com: Toshiba 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive - Liquid Blue (HDDR500E04XL): Electronics[/ame] Like I said before, I'm pretty clueless about this stuff, so any help you might be able to offer would be greatly appreciated. Just to reiterate, my sole purpose for this drive is to store my itunes library. For those of you who have itunes libraries, what are some of the best practices you guys have used in regards to safe guarding your downloads? One last question. I have an iPhone, which is where I will be downloading these songs. Say, for a moment, that my drive crashes, but all the songs on the drive were on my iPhone. If I went out and bought another computer/hard drive, would I be able to transfer my music from my iPhone back onto a new computer/hard drive? Again, sorry for all the questions, I'm just extremely paranoid about losing my library again. The computers I will be using with this drive are PCs that run Windows XP and Windows Vista. Again, thank you in advance for all your help, it is greatly appreciated.