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External hardDrives

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Gun Shark, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. Gun Shark

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    I am looking for a 1tb external hard drive for my music and videos along with backing up my computer. I am pretty computer literate but can't seem to find the right one. any suggestions? I am staying away from simple tech drives because I had a bad experience with them a year ago. I currently have windows Vista Home premium 32 bit OS.
    The price range is from $100 to $200.
     
  2. Iomega has a nice selection Firewire/USB external drives. I have used their stuff before with good results. I just got a USB floppy drive for my laptop and occasional use on my Desktop, give them a try.

    A little more than you specified but worth the extra money for quality.

    Try Double Safety for the backup utility I think it is a great value for the money.



     

    Last edited: Dec 31, 2008

  3. dusty9

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    I gave up trying find one that was completely suitable for me, so I bought the parts and built my own. I settled on a Rosewill RX358-3 enclosure. It is for 3.5" SATA hard drives, has both USB and eSATA ports, a 80mm fan, aluminum body, and AC power adapter. All these are features I wanted. Then I just bought a 3.5" SATA hard drive of my choice and installed it and partitioned it as I wanted. Nothing difficult at all and it is working perfectly so far. After a lot of research I ended up with Acronis True Image 11 software. So far, so good.

    All this is available from Newegg and within your budget (barely).
     
  4. S.T.A.R.

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  5. itisbruno

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    There are smokin deals to be had there if you keep yer eye out.
     
  6. Today at office depot in newport news I purchased a western digital 1tb for 97.00 and 10 clickit 250gb portables for 45.00 each.
     
  7. DoubleWide

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    I have a Maxtor 4 One Touch. I reformatted it to Fat32 for use with my PS3 and PC. It has usb2 and 2 firewire. Works great.
    My friend has a Western Digital and is very happy with it. The Maxtor just had a better warranty.

    I won't buy IOmega after the way they handled the click of death suits. People relied on their faulty backup products and lost data. IOmega resolved it by giving people coupons if they wanted to purchase another Zip drive. Not a free zip drive. Not some cash if they wanted somebody else's product. A coupon for only a little off of the product that just lost all their data. :steamed:
     
  8. daves21gti

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    +1 for western digital!!! I picked up a 750gb drive from tigerdirect about a year and a half ago and love it!! No problems at all... I would sugest you stay away from any seagate drives, I have never had much luck!
     
  9. robstar

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    Go to www.macsales.com... don't be afraid... their drives work in PCs too.

    I have two dozen or more of their Mercury Elite drives, plus I've replaced various factory drives with drives from them. The service and products (all brand name) are great. They even have online videos on how to replace drives.
     
  10. d3athp3nguin

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    If you can't find a good one from one of the above, just get a SATA hard drive and then buy a decent enclosure.

    I use a small Seagate FreeAgent Go, which is awesome. Their 3.5" desktop version is a little weird though- it's bigger than it needs to be and the base is really awkward. I am an advocate of keeping those drives horizontal as long as they have ventilation. I've seen a vertically-oriented 3.5" external drives get completely bricked because someone tipped them over and they fell over like 4 inches. That was a Western Digital MyBook too, which is built like a brick *****house!

    But yea- if you can't seem to find the "just right" hard drive, then simply roll your own. You also won't be paying for the packaging and shiny enclosure of the pre-made USB externals.
     
  11. IndyGunFreak

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    Most of the time, if you have to buy the Drive and the Enclosure, its cheaper to just buy the external drive. If you already have a hard drive laying around though, an external enclosure is a great idea. I've got two 500gig WD SATA drives, that I put in the enclosure below, and it works great... I actually got one in Blue, and one in Black. Blue gets backed up every other day or so, Black more like once a month. The mirror finish on them really looks great.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1337267&CatId=2777