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#1 flash900

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Posted 28 December 2015 - 04:03 AM

Is there a reliable source of reviews for external HDs?
 
Amazon is filled with fake reviews. And nearly every product also has so many negative reviews I'd be afraid to buy it.
 
I'm looking for an external desktop HD in the 4-6 TB range for use with Win 7 Pro (or 10 if I decide to get it.)
 
Doesn't have to be the latest and greatest. But MUST be easy to use and reliable.
 
Currently looking at WD brand HDs but open to suggestions.
 
Thanks!

Edited by Queen-Evie, 28 December 2015 - 04:29 PM.
moved from Introductions to the appropriate forum which is External Hardware


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 08:28 AM

Is this what you are looking for?


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 08:49 AM

Yes, I looked at the Seagate, thanks. Undecided between that a WD -- this for example:

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KU686HI?keywords=wd%205tb%20external%20hard%20drive&qid=1451483181&ref_=sr_1_2&s=electronics&sr=1-2

 

Trouble is, there's so many positive fake reviews on Amazon -- and so many other negative reviews.

 

That's why I ask about a reliable source of reviews.

 

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 01:16 PM

Please read the following if you enable encryption on the WD drive. Truecrypt in the article is obsolete. Veracrypt is current and a port of Truecrypt. I think by default encryption is turned on.

 

http://carltonbale.com/western-digital-mybook-drive-lock-encryption-failure-and-recovery/

 

http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-self-encrypting-drive-you-may-already-own/

 

https://community.wd.com/t/my-book-encrypted-files/3522

 

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/10/western-digital-self-encrypting-hard-drives-riddled-with-security-flaws/



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Posted 31 December 2015 - 01:30 AM

Seagate barracuda 3Tb life expectancy is 2 years, confirmed by www.seagate.com customer service. All the tools and applications developed by Seagate are made to detect or recover data. So, they know the junk they have and they make money upon data recovery.


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Posted 31 December 2015 - 01:39 AM

Thanks.



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Posted 31 December 2015 - 09:23 AM

My comments only are in regard to WD drives with the enclosure. Nothing is wrong with a bare WD drive placed in your own enclosure. The WD portable drives solder the usb port directly to the HDD PCB as the USB bridge card is part of the PCB. If the ports should break data recovery is much harder as you cannot simply remove the HDD and place it in a third party enclosure for data recovery. Google  broken WD usb port

 

Here is another article on the WD Essentials external drive and what to do if the USB port breaks. This is why I always believe it is best to purchase a bare drive and put it in your own enclosure.



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Posted 31 December 2015 - 12:03 PM

Looking for simple, ready-to-go......like this (although not necessarily this) --

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KU686HI?keywords=wd%205tb%20external%20hard%20drive&qid=1451483181&ref_=sr_1_2&s=electronics&sr=1-2

 

Any thoughts?...Have you seen any unbiased reviews that would help a consumer choose?



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Posted 04 January 2016 - 07:33 PM

If you intend to have it running pretty much all the time go for a unit with a cooling fan.  One I like is the rosewill, no drive included.  Then research the best drives and put it in.  It can be switched on/off with the system running.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-3-5-Inch-External-Enclosure-Internal/dp/B004AA4E8K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1451953824&sr=8-2&keywords=rosewill+enclosure


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Posted 04 January 2016 - 08:21 PM

External HDs from WD and Seagate don't have fans?



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Posted 04 January 2016 - 09:10 PM

They may have models with fans but many do not!


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 09:03 AM

I want 7200 rpm, usb 3.0 and a fan -- can you recommend a reliable model in the 4-6 tb range?



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Posted 05 January 2016 - 09:19 AM

Below two of many sites that test, IMO go onto as many as you need to pick a winner.  Shoot for performance and warranty, some have 3-5 years. 
 
https://www.backblaze.com/blog/6-tb-hard-drive-face-off/

http://hothardware.com/reviews/6tb-hard-drive-roundup


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 09:24 AM

Thanks. Those tests are nearly five years old.

 

Can anyone recommend an actual product from experience -- I need an external HD in the 4-6 TB range, 7200 rpm, 3.0 USB and a fan.



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Posted 05 January 2016 - 09:37 AM

Just suggestions where to look, I am sure you can find more current ones.  IMO personal experiences to me are not always valid, go with known testing sites.

 

The Roswill will fill the bill, I leave mine hooked up but can switch it on and off when needed.


Edited by OldPhil, 05 January 2016 - 09:41 AM.

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