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[Recomend On] Need an External Hard Drive

The_SpaniardThe_Spaniard It's never lupinesIrvine, CaliforniaRegistered User regular
I've reached the point I believe where 300gigs of internal disk space is not enough and I'd like to get a 500gig external drive to store all my movies, ipod music, game files that aren't in use, pictures, etc. I've never actually purchased an external HDD before so I'm not sure what I should get. The only though I have in mind is that I shouldn't go for one of those fanless ones if I'm going to be running it all the time since it will heat up and burn out without one.

So a couple of things to keep in mind, I'm looking at roughly 100 bucks as the budget, it needs to have a fan because I've been told fanless burn out if you use them continuously as I plan to, that is unless you can convince me otherwise. Tomorrow is Labor day so they should be some good deals, so if you know of any in store deals that I could run in and grab that would be great, otherwise I'm glad to just order one online and wait to save money.


Thanks a lot guys, and as always I appreciate whatever help and advice you can give.

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    Desert_Eagle25Desert_Eagle25 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Look at the LaCi EHDDs. Also, don't get combos - buy your own HDD and an External case.

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    The_SpaniardThe_Spaniard It's never lupines Irvine, CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Look at the LaCi EHDDs. Also, don't get combos - buy your own HDD and an External case.
    *brain explodes from lack of knowledge on the topic or links*

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    Desert_Eagle25Desert_Eagle25 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
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    The_SpaniardThe_Spaniard It's never lupines Irvine, CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Very interesting, though tell me, why would I want to get this instead of something I can just buy and plug in? I mean if I'm going to get a regular HDD and buy an enclosure for it I might as well just stick it in my case right? Hrmm well if I do buy that HDD and stick it into my tower what the hell difference would it make?

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    ginguskahnginguskahn Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I think generally buying the enclosure yourself makes it slightly cheaper plus you can choose the drive that goes in there (quiet/big/fast etc). Even with a pre-enclosed one you can usually pull the drive out of them pretty easily.

    The only real difference is if the drive is internal its less portable and also runs off your cases psu where as an external drive would have its own (unless its a 2.5" drive and caddy, these are usually powered off the usb as well).

    I would recommend Lacie as well if you go external

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    The_SpaniardThe_Spaniard It's never lupines Irvine, CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    That enclosure looks nice, but doesn't have a fan.

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    Desert_Eagle25Desert_Eagle25 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Then go through the Newegg link and find one you do like. Or, if you don't wanna look, there's this Rosewill one. But ya know, it doesn't need to have a fan. I mean, it's nice, but with an efficient aluminum enclosure, you should be fine. I have x2 1.0TB enclosures with no fan, and they run fine. Turn them off when you don't use them, and turn them on when you do. Even iff you want it to run 24x7 though, a good LaCie or icy dock will do you well. Do you think regular HDD's have fan's running on them all the time? Not really, and neither do they have an aluminum heatsink (a good EHDD enclosure acts as a heatsink) drawing heat away from them, so either way you're in fine shape.

    Very interesting, though tell me, why would I want to get this instead of something I can just buy and plug in? I mean if I'm going to get a regular HDD and buy an enclosure for it I might as well just stick it in my case right? Hrmm well if I do buy that HDD and stick it into my tower what the hell difference would it make?

    You DO realize that an external HDD is just a regular HDD stuck into a proprietary enclosure right? Buying separately not only saves you money but ensures that the HDD is a quality one. What, you want some crappy generic one? Or do you want a Seagate Barracuda? And as for you last question, that's for you to answer. You want an external HDD, thats what this thread is about. If you want to make it internal, that's your business. Why does anyone want to have an external HDD? I don't give a shit what you do. I'm just here to help you with setting up a good EHDD because I do it regularly for work and myself.

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    The_SpaniardThe_Spaniard It's never lupines Irvine, CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Then go through the Newegg link and find one you do like. Or, if you don't wanna look, there's this Rosewill one. But ya know, it doesn't need to have a fan. I mean, it's nice, but with an efficient aluminum enclosure, you should be fine. I have x2 1.0TB enclosures with no fan, and they run fine. Turn them off when you don't use them, and turn them on when you do. Even iff you want it to run 24x7 though, a good LaCie or icy dock will do you well. Do you think regular HDD's have fan's running on them all the time? Not really, and neither do they have an aluminum heatsink (a good EHDD enclosure acts as a heatsink) drawing heat away from them, so either way you're in fine shape.

    Very interesting, though tell me, why would I want to get this instead of something I can just buy and plug in? I mean if I'm going to get a regular HDD and buy an enclosure for it I might as well just stick it in my case right? Hrmm well if I do buy that HDD and stick it into my tower what the hell difference would it make?

    You DO realize that an external HDD is just a regular HDD stuck into a proprietary enclosure right? Buying separately not only saves you money but ensures that the HDD is a quality one. What, you want some crappy generic one? Or do you want a Seagate Barracuda? And as for you last question, that's for you to answer. You want an external HDD, thats what this thread is about. If you want to make it internal, that's your business. Why does anyone want to have an external HDD? I don't give a shit what you do. I'm just here to help you with setting up a good EHDD because I do it regularly for work and myself.

    I appreciate all the advice I'm just thinking out loud on a lot of this since I'm new to buying external HDDs. I've always built a PC with a single HDD and then if I wanted some memory to cart around I'd just buy a memory stick or a tumb drive. I don't plan on carting this HDD around, but I'd like something to offload all my crap onto so I can reserve my main HDD for game installs and apps. Would it be a decent idea at least to get that HDD and enclosure for now and then down the road if I feel like it slap it into the PC?

    I just know that as long as I'm home that HDD is going to be running, sure I'll turn it off when I leave the house, but it's going to be running for extended lengths of time 5 days a week and then 48 hours straight through every weekend. So are you sure it will be ok without a fan, just to make sure.

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    ginguskahnginguskahn Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    You should be fine to put it internal at a future point.

    I run my external drives without fans and I never turn them off, touch wood, never had a problem. In fact the only one that does have a fan is so annoying I am tempted to rip it out, the risk would be worth it for piece and quiet.

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    Desert_Eagle25Desert_Eagle25 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Then go through the Newegg link and find one you do like. Or, if you don't wanna look, there's this Rosewill one. But ya know, it doesn't need to have a fan. I mean, it's nice, but with an efficient aluminum enclosure, you should be fine. I have x2 1.0TB enclosures with no fan, and they run fine. Turn them off when you don't use them, and turn them on when you do. Even iff you want it to run 24x7 though, a good LaCie or icy dock will do you well. Do you think regular HDD's have fan's running on them all the time? Not really, and neither do they have an aluminum heatsink (a good EHDD enclosure acts as a heatsink) drawing heat away from them, so either way you're in fine shape.

    Very interesting, though tell me, why would I want to get this instead of something I can just buy and plug in? I mean if I'm going to get a regular HDD and buy an enclosure for it I might as well just stick it in my case right? Hrmm well if I do buy that HDD and stick it into my tower what the hell difference would it make?

    You DO realize that an external HDD is just a regular HDD stuck into a proprietary enclosure right? Buying separately not only saves you money but ensures that the HDD is a quality one. What, you want some crappy generic one? Or do you want a Seagate Barracuda? And as for you last question, that's for you to answer. You want an external HDD, thats what this thread is about. If you want to make it internal, that's your business. Why does anyone want to have an external HDD? I don't give a shit what you do. I'm just here to help you with setting up a good EHDD because I do it regularly for work and myself.

    I appreciate all the advice I'm just thinking out loud on a lot of this since I'm new to buying external HDDs. I've always built a PC with a single HDD and then if I wanted some memory to cart around I'd just buy a memory stick or a tumb drive. I don't plan on carting this HDD around, but I'd like something to offload all my crap onto so I can reserve my main HDD for game installs and apps. Would it be a decent idea at least to get that HDD and enclosure for now and then down the road if I feel like it slap it into the PC?

    I just know that as long as I'm home that HDD is going to be running, sure I'll turn it off when I leave the house, but it's going to be running for extended lengths of time 5 days a week and then 48 hours straight through every weekend. So are you sure it will be ok without a fan, just to make sure.

    It will be fine, most definitely. I'd say have it be an internal. I have 5 internal SATA's and the x2 external 1.0TB drives i cart around home and work. Theres nothing wrong with having more than one internal, or external for that matter. Just make sure the EHDD enclosure(s) are(is) eSATA and not USB, cause USB is slower than stanard HDD data transmission. eSATA is much, much faster.

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    DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Then go through the Newegg link and find one you do like. Or, if you don't wanna look, there's this Rosewill one. But ya know, it doesn't need to have a fan. I mean, it's nice, but with an efficient aluminum enclosure, you should be fine. I have x2 1.0TB enclosures with no fan, and they run fine. Turn them off when you don't use them, and turn them on when you do. Even iff you want it to run 24x7 though, a good LaCie or icy dock will do you well. Do you think regular HDD's have fan's running on them all the time? Not really, and neither do they have an aluminum heatsink (a good EHDD enclosure acts as a heatsink) drawing heat away from them, so either way you're in fine shape.

    Very interesting, though tell me, why would I want to get this instead of something I can just buy and plug in? I mean if I'm going to get a regular HDD and buy an enclosure for it I might as well just stick it in my case right? Hrmm well if I do buy that HDD and stick it into my tower what the hell difference would it make?

    You DO realize that an external HDD is just a regular HDD stuck into a proprietary enclosure right? Buying separately not only saves you money but ensures that the HDD is a quality one. What, you want some crappy generic one? Or do you want a Seagate Barracuda? And as for you last question, that's for you to answer. You want an external HDD, thats what this thread is about. If you want to make it internal, that's your business. Why does anyone want to have an external HDD? I don't give a shit what you do. I'm just here to help you with setting up a good EHDD because I do it regularly for work and myself.

    I appreciate all the advice I'm just thinking out loud on a lot of this since I'm new to buying external HDDs. I've always built a PC with a single HDD and then if I wanted some memory to cart around I'd just buy a memory stick or a tumb drive. I don't plan on carting this HDD around, but I'd like something to offload all my crap onto so I can reserve my main HDD for game installs and apps. Would it be a decent idea at least to get that HDD and enclosure for now and then down the road if I feel like it slap it into the PC?

    I just know that as long as I'm home that HDD is going to be running, sure I'll turn it off when I leave the house, but it's going to be running for extended lengths of time 5 days a week and then 48 hours straight through every weekend. So are you sure it will be ok without a fan, just to make sure.

    Given your uses, you'd probably do better just getting another internal drive.

    But if you do decide on an external, I've had good luck with AMS VENUS enclosures. Big, aluminum, and with a fan. I had a laptop at the time, so I couldn't just add a second hard drive.

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    OremLKOremLK Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I have a SeaGate 250gb external. The reliability has been flawless (I've had it 1-2 years, don't remember when exactly I bought it) but the seek time is bad (it goes into standby and has to "boot up") and every time it comes out of standby it makes a weird sound in my speakers. Been doing this since day one. Don't know if it's bad shielding or what, but there you go.

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    The_SpaniardThe_Spaniard It's never lupines Irvine, CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Alright, so I have 110ish gigs free. Think I should hold off till I hit around 50 before grabbing a new drive to pop into my PC?

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    Desert_Eagle25Desert_Eagle25 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Alright, so I have 110ish gigs free. Think I should hold off till I hit around 50 before grabbing a new drive to pop into my PC?

    Yea. Unless you're popping in data constantly like me (200-300gb in a day and deleting it the next) then you'll be fine. Wait till you hit 40-50 then add an extra.

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    DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    DIY.

    enclosure (or one of those fancy new HDD docks are cool)

    +

    HDD

    only benefit of premade ones are they sometimes come with decent backup software and look nice

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    The_SpaniardThe_Spaniard It's never lupines Irvine, CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I'm getting advice from a bunch of cats!

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    StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    What's wrong with barracudas?

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    Desert_Eagle25Desert_Eagle25 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    What's wrong with barracudas?

    Eh, nothing. Barracudas are awesome?

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    Dark ShroudDark Shroud Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Why hasn't anyone mentioned Firewire 800 yet? It's far superior to USB in data transfer, doesn't tie up the CPU, and unlike eSATA you can daisy chain them. Also, Firewire 1600 & 3200 have been approved. They're going to use the Firewire 800 connector, but are compatible back to 400 speeds.

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    DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Why hasn't anyone mentioned Firewire 800 yet? It's far superior to USB in data transfer, doesn't tie up the CPU, and unlike eSATA you can daisy chain them. Also, Firewire 1600 & 3200 have been approved. They're going to use the Firewire 800 connector, but are compatible back to 400 speeds.

    Because eSATA is far superior to Firewire for external hard drives, and odds are he'd need an extra add-in card for Firewire, whereas for eSATA you just need a cheap backplate connector (and for USB2.0 he'd need nothing).

    He's looking for one hard drive, I don't think he cares about daisy-chaining devices. Honestly, Firewire isn't doing too well right now outside of high-end video cameras.

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    Dunadan019Dunadan019 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    he really doesnt need an external drive and should just buy another internal one for 50 bucks.

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    PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Have a pair of FreeAgent Pro eSATA drives, and they're champs. Silent, cool, and fast.

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    The_SpaniardThe_Spaniard It's never lupines Irvine, CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Dunadan019 wrote: »
    he really doesnt need an external drive and should just buy another internal one for 50 bucks.

    And where could I get a good 500GB internal drive for 50 bucks?

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    Desert_Eagle25Desert_Eagle25 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Dunadan019 wrote: »
    he really doesnt need an external drive and should just buy another internal one for 50 bucks.

    And where could I get a good 500GB internal drive for 50 bucks?

    No where, he wasn't reading your posts.

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    Dunadan019Dunadan019 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Dunadan019 wrote: »
    he really doesnt need an external drive and should just buy another internal one for 50 bucks.

    And where could I get a good 500GB internal drive for 50 bucks?

    i dont know why you would need 500GB but heres a 500 for 70 bucks

    i was thinking you would want an extra 250-320gb or so, i got the feeling you werent using space especially fast.

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    Dark ShroudDark Shroud Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Dunadan019 wrote: »
    he really doesnt need an external drive and should just buy another internal one for 50 bucks.

    And where could I get a good 500GB internal drive for 50 bucks?

    500GB SATA3 Hard Drive 7200RPM 16MB Buffer @ $54.99.

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