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A fast and reliable Hard Drive

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#1 anajames


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 06:45 AM

Hello all,

I would like a recommendation on which External Hard drive is available for use. I do freelancing and have loads of files on my laptop had an internal 8 gb hard drive which is near to full now. 


Please recommend.



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#2 britechguy


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 10:00 AM

You will probably get almost as many recommendations as there are responders.  I have liked the Toshiba Canvio portable line far better than the desktop units I've had from Fantom and Seagate.


The reality is that there are only three actual manufacturers of HDDs even though legacy brands have been maintained after acquisition for marketing.  The diagram that follows is taken from the wikipedia page on History of hard disc drives (near the end) and List of defunct hard disc manufacturers




Other than looking at test data that's out there you pretty much roll the dice and take your chances.

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 12:25 PM

8GB or 8TB?  If you're talking 8TB, that's a lot of data to risk on a portable solution.  Moving mechanical drives around is normally a recipe for data loss.


How much are you looking to spend on your solution?


An external SSD might be a better option, but the larger you go, the more you spend.  A 1TB external SSD for around $400 would be my sweet spot.  Then have a larger drive at home to store/backup your drive.

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