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Old 11-03-2009, 08:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I desperately need another External HD. What brands do you use and trust? I've seen some many conflicting reviews online for different brands, its hard to tell what's reliable and at a good price.

Thinking of getting this: WESTERN DIGITAL 1.5TB Elements External Hard Drive USB 2.0 Black : External Hard Drives, Data Storage & Backup | Dell

But then saw some bad reviews.

Maybe this: Fantom GDP1000EU GreenDrive External Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 16MB, eSATA, USB 2.0 at

Or this: Iomega 34579 Select Desktop Hard Drive - 3.5", 1TB, USB 2.0 at


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I actually like the Buffalo Series.

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I have one IOMEGA, working for three years now and still good, and two WD, one has two years and the other one year, both kicking.
Never tried the Buffalo ones.

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I recommend a dock instead of a stand-alone unit. that way you can pop in a SATA drive and use it, eject it, and pop in another. I have a ThermalTake dock and love it.

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I recommend a dock instead of a stand-alone unit. that way you can pop in a SATA drive and use it, eject it, and pop in another. I have a ThermalTake dock and love it.
What's the benefit of that versus the externals?
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I had the same issue a month ago on trying to decide for an externalHD for a new notebook, I went with the Hitachi SimpleTough. I have to mention that this HD is by far the most indestructible external hard drive Ive seen, capable of surviving drops of up to 10 feet and up to one ton of pressure. With a built-in USB cable, two-tiered data security package, and an impressive three-year warranty, I have no issue recommending this external hard drive to shoppers looking for space and security.

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