HP laptop 8.1 w/ USB 3 1T HD
I forgot to change the subject before I posted after I ruled out a WD ext HD. I guess the subject should be Still Confused or How To Make a Decision.
Sorry, my last post must have been too long winded and rambling. I'm reading my Muellers' on USB and 1394b and doing more google research.
I also need to purchase an ext portable HD for my sister's computer as well as one for me. I was looking at WD passports until I found this answer at WD's support site - "We can only guarantee drive capacity. We cannot guarantee a particular internal hard drive model, data interface, rotational speed, or cache size in the external hard drive enclosure."
So now I'm back to looking at LaCie's and Seagate's. A portable G-drives's review said it was only OK on speed, but I've never been able to translate tested speeds w/ how long I sit at the computer waiting for a backup to complete. Another review was in favor of G-drive.
I've always chosen 7200 rpm over 5400 rpm for both int HD and ext HD. Both my LaCies' and older WD's are 7200 rpm. My reading a long time ago said it mattered. I guess I'll try and stick w/ that spec. I'd also like it to have a power cord. Maybe if the port won't power the ext HD it might not transfer data either, but I had a supposedly USB2 powered rxt HD that did work w/ the power cord but not thru the USB cable provided or any cable I tried.
I've never had a drive over 500 GB. Has experience w/ larger drives shown any speed or reliability issues w/ increasing terrabytes in portable vs desktop? My sister will need at least a 1T ext HD and adding T's doesn't seem to increase the price much.
Does anyone have any reccs on a recent portable drive or a brand they've found reliable? We are just doing data backups. No video editing, no large movie files.
I am beginning to think that I need to get two portable drives for frequent backups and a large capacity desktop ext HD to backup all our old ext HD's and our recent bu's.
Edited by MaryBet82, 20 June 2017 - 09:43 AM.