So, I've been having problems with my Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop (from 2003) where when I turn on the computer, after the Dell splash, I hear an annoying and loud beeping, much like a fire alarm. After a little while it stops, and usually loads to Windows, as long as it is plugged into a power source (sometimes it doesn't boot all the way, but that's another story and, with your wisdom, may be the result of my problem...).
Here's the deal. I handed my laptop over to a technologically advanced friend and he physically cleaned out the inside (because apparently it was disgusting. Whoops.) and used a contact cleaner to make sure everything was spic-and-span. Apparently, after doing this, he has reported that there is no more beeping when it is turned on. Yay!
The bad news...he said I am low on memory...VERY low...about 2 gigs. He said I need to empty out my trash, delete my music, and get rid of programs and other stuff I don't need.
So here's my question...I plan on backing up my large amount of pictures stored on the computer with CDs, however, I was wondering about external hard-drives. Would it be wise of me to purchase one and transfer the memory? Is there any brand that's better or more suggestable over others? Any information would be greatly appreciated as I don't know how much longer it's going to last!