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Old February 26th, 2013, 07:27 PM
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External Hard Drive Recommendations

Hey all,

I know I haven't been around the corner much lately, (I am trying to change that I promise), but I really need help, and the sooner the better. I almost lost my files. Something has been going on with my computer the last few weeks and it's been shutting down randomly for no apparent reason. A few days ago it BSOD me and refused to start, refused to recover, etc. etc. Fortunately someone walked me through a few things and I got it back up and running.

My last external was a Seagate and downloaded files from my old computer, but has since refused to work with my new computer (New computer refuses to recognize that the external is even connected to it.) I think it's a loose connection as my S.O. has kicked the cord a couple of times and knocked it over...despite my trying to keep it out of the way and against the wall...

tl;dr: I'm looking for a new External Hard Drive and am looking for suggestions, either why I should or should not get whatever brand.
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Old February 26th, 2013, 08:36 PM
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Re: External Hard Drive Recommendations

I have a seagate USB drive (3TB) and it is just dandy. My local system drive is my working drive but it does not take all that long to move files
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Old February 26th, 2013, 10:26 PM
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Seagate - by far better than Western Digital.

If you want to get fancy, they make a bunch of cool stuff. Net-workable docking stations - Wireless Hard Drives, all kind o stuff. But seriously at our company we replace a ton of hard drives. Seagates are by far the most reliable.
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Old February 27th, 2013, 08:52 AM
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A couple of years ago, I bought a Seagate 2TB external USB drive, when "fast" was USB 2.0, and "cheap" was $300. I used it for a couple of months as my primary backup before it failed and lost all my files. I was able to reformat, and I've been using it since as a "light" backup system--mostly transferring files.

I then purchased a Western Digital 8TB configured in RAID5 (effectively 4TB, with an additional "backup"). I've been using it attached to my Ethernet 1Gb ever since (it also has USB 2.0 and SATA connections), quietly running in the background. It survived my move from Colorado to Pennsylvania just fine. It was also a PCMag Editor's Choice. It was expensive at $800, but a lot has changed since then, and prices have dropped hugely. I did stop using the supplied software after I tried to do a restore but was asked to buy the upgrade in order to do so! I simply switched to Norton Backup, which also gives me 2GB free online storage.

I won't enter a brand name debate. Whatever you get, though, I do recommend the peace of mind of a RAID5, in case one of your internal drives fail and for its expansion capabilities.

Next stop for me is online storage through someone like Carbonite or Mozy for an additional bit of peace of mind.
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I won't enter a brand name debate. Whatever you get, though, I do recommend the peace of mind of a RAID5, in case one of your internal drives fail and for its expansion capabilities.
THIS!... I have a small NAS at home - 6TB of Raid 5 goodness. I would never subject myself to a single copy on a single drive. My .02.
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Old June 25th, 2013, 02:58 AM
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Re: External Hard Drive Recommendations

I am having seagate 500 GB external HDD it is performing well. Seagate is more better than western Digital.
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Old June 25th, 2013, 05:56 PM
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I have two Western Digital external hard drives - one stores 1 TB and the other 3 TB. I bought the 1 TB drive about two years ago and the 3 TB drive last year. They have performed flawlessly on my Dell PC. I also have a Seagate 500 GB external hard drive and it works fine, too. So, having had absolutely no problems with Western Digital or Seagate drives, I can't agree that Seagate is better.

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I will suggest you buy from this website http://www.promotionaldrives.com/ , and quality is awesome.

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