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Choosing an External Hard Drive


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#1 slyblackdragon

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 04:41 PM

O.K., so my computer is really starting to crap out on me. I had a slave drive set up to hold my data for times like these, but it died. Now I am looking into getting an external hard drive to backup my data and keep my HD with my OS on it as neat and clean as possible. I am looking for some recommendations. I don't have a whole lot of money to spend on one, but I want the best quality HD I can afford. I don't need a large amount of storage space, but I do want around 250 GB plus just in case I need it in the future.

On newegg.com I see this one and for 400 GB of storage, it seems like a great deal http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136340

Honestly though, I don't know a whole lot on the subject and don't want to buy something that is going to die on my anytime soon.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 05:35 PM

That's a excellent deal compared to prices outside. If your going to look for stability, i'd go for Western Digital, Seagate, or Maxtor. Since your looking for about 250, I'd go with either the newegg link you have there, or a MyPassport, for 250 or 320.

If not, Seagate has 500's.
Maxtor's are pretty much the same as WD, only a bit more pricey. For 70 dollars, a 400 is excellent.
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Posted 07 March 2009 - 08:47 AM

Maxtor's are pretty much the same as WD.


Er... Maxtor is more like Seagate since they now own Maxtor. :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 10:17 AM

Maxtor's are pretty much the same as WD.


Er... Maxtor is more like Seagate since they now own Maxtor. :thumbsup:


Really? Oh wow. Need to keep up with my brands. Anyways, they all work the same way, the only difference would be the style of it and the size of the drive.
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Posted 07 March 2009 - 10:44 AM

Let's see... there are ATA, PATA, SATA, caches of 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, there are transfer rates of 100Mb/s, 150Mb/s, 300Mb/s, there are RPMS of 5400, 7200, 10000, and 15000, then you have your 2.5" and 3.5", and lastly there are longitudinal writing and perpendicular writing, after that their pretty much all the same. :thumbsup:

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 02:58 PM

Let's see... there are ATA, PATA, SATA, caches of 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, there are transfer rates of 100Mb/s, 150Mb/s, 300Mb/s, there are RPMS of 5400, 7200, 10000, and 15000, then you have your 2.5" and 3.5", and lastly there are longitudinal writing and perpendicular writing, after that their pretty much all the same. :thumbsup:


So is this a good buy or not?

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 05:38 PM

Any WD, or Seagate drive you choose, would be a good buy.
They both produce quality products.
Just pick one that has the storage capacity you need, at the price you can afford.
I'm partial to Seagate, due to the 5 yr. warranty. :thumbsup:
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Posted 09 March 2009 - 08:16 PM

I have a WD Passport 250 and have no issues. Pick a size that suits your needs.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 01:43 AM

Yes, Seagate has a 5 year warranty. My HD crapped out after 3 years and they replaced it at no charge. The only cost to me was shipping the HD to them, they covered the shipping for the new one to me. Time to complete entire process less than 10 days.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 04:39 AM

If you would like an external to last a long time remember that drives are fragile devices and externals are not protected by the armor and weight of a PC. They do not like to be knocked down so use it a location where it is not likely to be knocked down and if it does get bumped it will not fall off a desk. I leave my sitting way under my desk away from my feet. It is possible to damage them with static electricity so touch a ground source before attaching or removing connectors. Don't touch the metal parts of connectors. If the manufacture recommends mounting upright do it as laying on the side may overheat them. Some say that the larger drives of 1Tb are not as reliable. There is probably some truth to this as the density factor complicates things but if I needed 1Tb I would buy it. They probably said the same thing about my 120Mb drive that I bought when it was the biggest one out there!




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