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#1 LoneGeek

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 11:11 PM

Hello,
I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section...I just received an external hard drive new in the box never opened for free and I was wondering if anyone could tell me how good of a reputation this model has?
Here's the info
http://www.wdc.com/en/library/dual-option/2879-001094.pdf?wdc_lang=en

Edited by MRF71, 08 January 2012 - 11:55 PM.
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 11:31 PM

Well, for western digital hard drives, I would say have a very good reputation, I use them a lot in my builds form myself and customers, never had one fail-I even have some that have been working for like 10 years. As for their enclosures (the external drives have the same type hard drive that come in computers, their just put in an enclosure that allows the portability) I cannot say, Ive never had a WD external drive, though I would hazard a guess that if their enclosures are even half as good as their hard drives, then you have a good external drive. And of course, hey, regardless of quality, the price was right so you really can't go wrong. That being said, the test of time is the best way to find out.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 11:52 PM

Thanks for your reply...I'm gonna leave it running awhile since it's brand new and see if it gets hot.
Now it came with a firewire cable and a usb 2.0 cable, which one is the best to use?
Also, it is formatted as fat32 so shouldn't it be ntfs instead?

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 01:13 AM

thats up for debate, me I go with whatever works best for formatting. As far as the cables go, if you have firewire on your computer it is far faster then USB-when I had an external hard drive (I dont anymore) I prefered firewire, although, you got to make double sure you don't just unplug it, that you go through and disable it before you unplug it. Your supposed to do that with USB to, but for some reason I find you can get away with doing that with USB more often then firewire, but it dont take very long, and like I said-transfer speeds on firewire are far faster, the technology is actually better then USB.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 01:26 PM

Fat32 has a 4GB file size limit. It is more compatible with many media players and other devices.

NTFS can hold larger files.

Which is better depends on your intended use.
DVD images (ISOs) need NTFS.
Storing windows backup images, NTFS
Use with a certain brand of game console, Fat32

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 11:00 AM

Well thanks guys for all your help, I think i'm good now :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:21 PM

One more thing.

Go to amazon.com and look up your model.

There is likely to be many, many reviews from consumers who have had that model in use for some time.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 12:51 PM

The only problem that I have with the WD full size enclosed drives is that most of them don't have a fan. But other than that they are just a normal WD drive, with an enclosure and a circuit board to go from sata to usb/firewire. When it goes out, take the hard drive out and hook it up either inside your computer or with an external sata to USB connector and you may have all of your documents still on it!




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