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Good external HD

MKRMKR Registered User regular
edited January 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
My mom is becoming less enamored with the idea of using DVDs as a secondary backup, and has tasked me with finding a good, reliable external HD to supplement her other external drive and RAID. I call upon the collective knowledge of the internets to offer candidate drives.

Speed is not a big deal, and something 200GB+ should do.

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    MushroomStickMushroomStick Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I've had good luck with Western Digitals and horrible luck with Seagates.

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    saltinesssaltiness Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I've always heard to stay away from LaCie.

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    MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Also, if you have a particular drive in mind, speed is good. Her current one backs 50 GB up in 10 minutes. Something close to that is preferred.

    I'm poking through WD Drives and have found a few good possibilities.

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    MushroomStickMushroomStick Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    If you need that kind of speed, I guess look for a drive with esata instead of just usb.

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    MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    If you need that kind of speed, I guess look for a drive with esata instead of just usb.

    The current one manages to do it by using two USB ports. Is that standard, or is it an oddity?

    And can you get an eSATA card? Her desktop is ancient, so won't have an SATA thing on the board.

    edit: She has informed me that speed isn't a big deal, but I still want to explore all options.

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    matt has a problemmatt has a problem Points to 'off' Points to 'on'Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    saltiness wrote: »
    I've always heard to stay away from LaCie.
    I've heard the exact opposite. In fact after balking at buying an external for a year and a half due to failure rates, researching them lead me to buy this 1tb drive. I've had it for a year now, and it's been entrusted with 100 gigs of my music and 2 gigs of pictures, among other things.

    It also exists as a USB 2.0 only interface for $109, and as a 500 gig version for $72.95.

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    TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I have a Maxtor external that has not broken yet.

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    MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I have a Maxtor external that has not broken yet.

    Her current drive happens to be a Maxtor. I knew a guy who used to work there and said they make good drives.

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    Sir Headless VIISir Headless VII Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    MKR wrote: »

    And can you get an eSATA card? Her desktop is ancient, so won't have an SATA thing on the board.

    If you have SATA you should be able to get an esata breakout panel (my motherboard came with one and it is 3 years old). As far as i know its not different from regular sata except for the connector. Otherwise I don't know.

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    MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    MKR wrote: »

    And can you get an eSATA card? Her desktop is ancient, so won't have an SATA thing on the board.

    If you have SATA you should be able to get an esata breakout panel (my motherboard came with one and it is 3 years old). As far as i know its not different from regular sata except for the connector. Otherwise I don't know.

    It doesn't have an SATA connector.

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    rtsrts Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    saltiness wrote: »
    I've always heard to stay away from LaCie.

    This is definitely true.
    I've had good luck with Western Digitals and horrible luck with Seagates.

    I have had the opposite experience.

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