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Old 12-19-2009, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question External Hard Drive Recommendations Please

Hey there!

After a few searches and only coming across troubleshooting threads I was wondering if the good people at the Computer Tech Forums could offer me a few recommendations on some external hard drives. Ones I'm familiar with are Western Digital but seeing as the last one that I owned crapped out with an I/O Device Error I do NOT want to try that brand again.

Thanks in advance everyone!

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Can't you just simply get an internal hdd and put it in an external case?

I have a WD 320 MyBook, and its been working fine for 2 years. But if you don't like WD, go for the Seagate ones. I never owned a Seagate external, but I had several of their internal drives, still works to this day, after 8-9 years..
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I'm not sure I want to put anything together at this time. I'd rather spend the little bit extra and have it all built for me.

Right now, I'm looking at Toshiba and Lacie.

Newegg.com - TOSHIBA 640GB USB 2.0 Rocket Red Portable External Hard Drive HDDR640E04XR - External Hard Drives
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Newegg.com - LACIE Rugged 500GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive 301370 - External Hard Drives

Any word on these two? Any other recommendations?
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Lacie is a great product. I wouldn't go with the Toshiba one, IMO
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Default Re: External Hard Drive Recommendations Please

Getting a enclosure and putting a internal drive in it doesnt require much putting together. Basically you hook up the drive, close the case and it is done. If you have a spare internal drive it will save you a lot of money to just get a enclosure.

I have been using a Buffalo Drivestation External for years now. It has never failed me. I would take a look at them. they are not as well known but i haev had mine for almost a decade with no issues ever.
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I heard of those Buffalo externals. They are rock solid from what I heard.
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Default Re: External Hard Drive Recommendations Please

I'll ask the same question... I want to buy an external HDD and apparently I don't know what brand I should buy... What brand of an external HDD do you prefer? Some people say Seagate is a good brand, but some say Western Digital is better than Seagate, I am quite confused right now of what brand I should buy and I want to know what storage capacity do you guys prefer? 320gb? 500gb? or 1tb?
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I'll ask the same question... I want to buy an external HDD and apparently I don't know what brand I should buy... What brand of an external HDD do you prefer? Some people say Seagate is a good brand, but some say Western Digital is better than Seagate, I am quite confused right now of what brand I should buy and I want to know what storage capacity do you guys prefer? 320gb? 500gb? or 1tb?
Welcome to TF mate.

Both Seagate and WD are good, reliable brands really. I have always used seagate, however, many around here use WD and to a lesser degree Samsung [also good HDDs]. I presonally like seagate because they have never failed me and they come with a 5 year warranty from memory. I think WD come with a 3 year warrenty. Really, either brand its fine.

As for size, well it depends how much you need - thats up to you. But try and get a 7200rpm drive with a 32mb cache, some cheaper ones will have 8mb caches and arent really worth getting.
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Both Seagate and WD are good, reliable brands really. I have always used seagate, however, many around here use WD and to a lesser degree Samsung [also good HDDs]. I presonally like seagate because they have never failed me and they come with a 5 year warranty from memory. I think WD come with a 3 year warrenty. Really, either brand its fine.
Yes, I have used Seagate drives as well as WD. I have only 1 WD external. I have 2 x 320GB AAKS in my main computer, and 2 x 640GB AAKS in my server. Never failed me for 2-3 years now.

My old PATA WD200 (20GB) still works to this day. (been about 10 years)

I never used Samsung, but I haven't heard anything bad about 'em.
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Default Re: External Hard Drive Recommendations Please

There is a bunch of cheap pre made external hard drives on newegg.

Most 500 GB ones can be had for around 55 to 80 dollars.
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