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I Want To Buy An External Hdd

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#1 mypenry


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Posted 31 July 2007 - 02:02 AM

Well its time for me to buy an External HDD to use for backing up / disk imaging
ive been looking at a Western Digital 250GB My Book 3.5 External Hard Drive USB 2.0 along with some others, but I can’t really make up my mind , I know every one has a personal choice , but normally ‘ one’ type / make some times sticks out
as being a better overall choice , can forum members please let me know their
Personal favourites when it comes to External HDD, due to where I live its more
Simple for me to buy a ready made unit rather than to try and get a unit made up.
I am using Windows XP , 2G Ram, 250GB HDD …

Your views and comments are most welcome for this newbie

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 02:19 AM

I have used several different brands, at different times none stand out for me. I would recommend that you look at storage space per dollar and to stick with Brands Like Seagate, Western Digital, Maxtor(Owned by Seagate), LaCie, and Iomega. If you decide on one ask here if it is any good.

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#3 mypenry

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 03:22 AM

Thanks for the reply, this is what ive seen available here so far
But I am still looking …

Western Digital MyBook 250GB USB 3.5 external drive WDG1U2500 3,820 Thai Baht ( $ 128.42 )

Western Digital 120GB Passport 2.5" External Hard Drive USB2.0
4,360 Thai Bhat ( $ 146.52 )

Western Digital 160GB Passport 2.5" External Hard Drive USB2.0
4,880 Thai Bhat ( $ 164.00 )

Maxtor External Hard Drive OneTouch III 300 GB 9,400 Thai Bhat
( $ 315.94 )

how does the above sound ...?

Thanks Mypenry

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 06:16 AM


I have used Maxtor One Touch (3 of them) and WD My Book. I like the My Book better; pure PnP. 320GB on sale for $ 90 at circuitcity online.


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Posted 01 August 2007 - 06:49 AM

I have just purchased a Western Digital Passport 250 gB drive and it's great! It's small enough to carry around in my pocket, and big enough to hold everything that I need.
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Posted 01 August 2007 - 07:47 AM

Your best bet would be to go with a known reputable brand like other people have suggested, unless you have a particular need to go with some other product (as I had).

I was looking for an ethernet network drive solution, as more than one computer will be accessing the drive (thinking it would be more convenient than moving it around with a USB/FireWire cable, plus it would be a great place to store everyones movie and pic libraries as well as backups)

I tried contacting ximeta.com about their product, because it looks pretty cool. It took them 5 days to get back to me, which seems like a long time for a simple question. I went with a competitor.

I have a Freecom 500GB ethernet & USB capable network drive. I only just got it yesterday, but seems to work fine. Supports remote FTP access and can handle multiple users.

Looking at the support forums on their website, some complaints have been about access speed. I wasnt really concerned because I am using it mostly for backups and images (movies were only a secondary incentive, bit it seems to run .mov files without too much trouble). Although their help forum seems to be single handedly managed by one tech person, their telephone support was more than adequate (at least, the UK branch was).

The Freecom should be shutdown when not in use, as it tends to get pretty warm when in use for a while. That's not a problem for me though, as I only plan to use it intermittently.

Feel free to check them out at freecom.com.

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 09:14 AM

usb drives are so slow, anyone with an extra sata port should go esata, the cases come with usb2 for compatibility

what's the point in having an 8 meg cache 7200 rpm drive connected over an interface that will only do 13-16MB/s sustained

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