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Advice needed on buying an external hard drive

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#1 anoft


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:32 PM

I am running out of space on my laptop hard drive rather quickly (picture editing :)) and so I am looking to buy an external hard drive to give me more room. I'm just a little confused on what to buy. 


I need a reasonably high capacity eg.750GB+, that is durable and wont die on me within a year or two. I'm won't be transporting the hard drive much so I am not that fussed about portability. I'm looking for something ideally that costs £100 or less.


I have been told by a colleague who has been in the computing business for around 30 years that my best bet is to get a hard drive that is powered by the mains as it will last longer than a USB powered drive. But I'm still not sure on what I'm looking for. What are the differences?


My laptop is a Acer 5920G that is running Windows 7 32bit.


Any advice or links would be appreciated.

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#2 diggi


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:29 PM

If possible get one that has a fan (heat kills Hard drives) or is well ventilated USB 3.0 Seagate or WD are decent brands


or buy a HDD and an enclosure( with a fan and usb 3.0 of course) and slap it in there, that way you get to choose which hard drive to buy

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:21 AM

Hard Drive: Seagate ST31000524AS Barracuda 1TB - £55.24


Enclosure: USB 3.0 Aluminium External Hard Drive Enclosure - £19.73




Seagate STBV2000200 2TB - £67.98

Edited by killerx525, 05 March 2013 - 07:24 AM.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:37 PM

If I used externals...I'd make sure that there is a power on/off switch...and that, if using a hub...the hub is  self-powered.



Edited by hamluis, 06 March 2013 - 02:40 PM.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:04 PM

I use the Vantec NexStar CX NST-300S2-BK with a game console.  It takes 3.5 inch hard drives but the LED will burn your eyes out.  Thankfully, you don't need to connect those wires.  That model is not USB 3.0, for that you'll need the Vantec NexStar CX SuperSpeed or Vantec NexStar CX SuperSpeed 3.5".



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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:45 PM

Since portability is not an issue, have you considered a docking station?  When you are done backing up what you need, you can remove the hard drive and store it away safely in the OEM package if you want.


I have 3 USB 3.0 docks (one is a dual port HD duplicator but haven't tested that function yet) and have one on each of the systems I use most.

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