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External Hard Drive, Which To Go For?

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  1. cpaaddict

    cpaaddict Supreme Member

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    hi all. am looking to buy a external hard drive. but i dont know jack about computers etc. but i want a decent one that does the job and will not delete my shit..

    also bare in mind im in uk so cannot go buying just anything.

    do any of you have any input on what to get? have been browsing amazon.co.uk and seen many but i just dont know which to choose...
     
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    mic141414 Regular Member

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    one of the best brand i was told by a guy working on a computer store is Western Digital
     
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  3. MrsE

    MrsE BANNED BANNED

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    If I were you, I'd get over to a department store (walmart, meijer, kmart, target, circuit city, best buy) etc....

    they have 500GB external hdd's for like $130...

    I got a 300GB for $80 for my laptop, and moved EVERYTHING from my laptop to this tiny little hard drive, and it's EXTREMELY fast now...

    It's only got 1gb ram, but with all the free space, it seems like 4 gb's...

    :D
     
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    seagate are very dependable
     
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    seamusmcaffrey Registered Member

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    i have a toshiba, one of those little "portable" ones that don't require a power cord, just runs on USB. i bought a 300 gig one; holds all my music and lots of movies.. loads fast and everything. i don't remember how much i paid but prices have come down for them since then; it's a good choice. sleek little black thing.
     
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    chucklechuck Registered Member

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    He did say bear in mind that he's in UK

    Check out ebuyer - My preference would be the 1TB Western Digital at £87.99. I seem to remember that maybe you do a lot of Youtube promotion so there'd be plenty of storage room for you. But you can check out the reviews.

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  7. iphaxor

    iphaxor Newbie

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    i have a western digital 500gb external, ive dropped it a couple times an it still runs great!
     
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  8. calisupplier

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    I use Seagate FreeAgents. I have about 10 that I use as server backups with no problems.
     
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  9. georgesmith08

    georgesmith08 Newbie

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    well i prefer seagate

    reasons:
    well its a reputed company
    it gives u 5 years warranty
    u have good service
    have more service centres world wide

    :D
     
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    yeah..western digital is the best.....:)
     
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    I got THIS the other day. I only got it for storing movies on but it seems alright :)
     
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  12. terkat

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    Hi Dan,
    IMHO you should stay with the Seagate series of Drives, as they offer the best support WW.. I have been a MCSE & A+ Tech since 83', and have been through the myriad of drives over the last 25 years.

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    # Seagate FreeAgent 1TB External Hard Drive USB2.0 -
    RetailQuickFind Code: 143877 |
    Mfr part #: ST310005FDD1E1-RKstar rating 16 reviews Free Delivery 88.29

    Just my opinion!
    All the Best
    TER
     
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  13. cpaaddict

    cpaaddict Supreme Member

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    thanks guys. much appreciated. so its either western or seagate.. hmm tough choice haha
     
  14. aardanyul

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    i find hard drives are pretty simple and theres not much difference among them. I have a toshiba 120 gig and it works brilliantly.
     
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    aardanyul BANNED BANNED

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    what i mean to say it cheaper isnt really that different.
     
  16. Belexandor

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    Western Digital is a great brand that I use almost exclusively.

    Seagate is also good and they usually offer three to five year warranties on their drives. I know for a fact that swapping out a bad drive with them is a very, very easy process. They've never given me any shit.
     
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    My favourite so far is the Western Digital Elements 500GB USB 2.0 for storage purposes. It's simple, cheap and relatively reliable depending on how you're going to use it. Cost me 67€ here in Scandinavia, so should be around £50 in the UK.

    Another good one is the Western Digital My Passport 250GB which goes for around the same price as the Elements. It's a small 2.5" mobile harddrive that draws all it's power from the USB port. The WD Elements has to be plugged to the grid to get power. I use the WD Passport as a travel backup harddrive for my laptop.
     
  18. flow

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    You can't just take the advice of 'get a western digital'... every drive from every HD company is going to vary. Some fail a lot, some don't. I did quite a bit of research using Newegg's ratings-- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218 -- This one came out on top for my desired capacity/price but my main concern was reliability-- but you'll need to buy an enclosure for it-- installation is easy.. slide it in, screw it down.

    If you care more about reliability, get two HDs and set them up in a raid-1 array (where you have 2 500GB HDs that mirror eachother-- you only have 500 gigs but it's backed up).
     
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    That's excellent advice for fault tolerance, more people should do this on their home PC's. A RAID 1 will mirror in real time, and if one disk in the array crashes the array will continue to function so you can just replace the failed disk without missing a beat. There's a very slight hit on disk writes, but reads will be faster with split seek.

    Disks are cheap, so if you can afford it get an internal drive for a RAID and a big external for file storage do it. I prefer Seagate slightly over WD now, but just stay away from Maxtor.
     
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  20. Butler

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    I have a 1TB Western Digital, never had any problems with it. Although next drive I get, which will be in a month or so, will be a 1TB Seagate. It has more than enough connections on it, something like 1 eSata, two firewire and one 2.0 USB, so I can have it connected to my PC, Xbox and can also plug it into my laptop without removing cables and switching around.

    It also depends how much space you need, I have 1TB since I rip Blue Ray disks and have a ton of movies, TV episodes and music. If it is just regular files then I would suggest a Western Digital Passport, they go from 160GB to 500 I think.