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External Harddrives

SirUltimosSirUltimos Don't talk, Rusty. Just paint.Registered User regular
I searched and didn't find a thread on this, so hopefully this isn't a duplicate.

I'm looking into getting an external HDD for my laptop. Space is running out very quickly and since my laptop is my main computer it would be nice to have some more room for media and whatnot. I'd also love to be able to backup important data from both my laptop and desktop onto my external HDD, and in addition have some extra space for my quickly diminishing desktop.

So do you have any advice for what to look for? My budget is fairly small, only $100-$150 CDN. I'm not looking for a huge amount of space, even 500GB would be more than enough. Are there any particular brands that I should avoid? Any that I should pay extra attention to? Anything else in general I need to know about external drives?

Thanks for the help.

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  • freakish lightfreakish light butterdick jones and his heavenly asshole machineRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I love my MyBook.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136175&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Hard+Drives+-+External-_-Western+Digital-_-22136175

    People will recommend that you get an internal drive and an external enclosure, but the thing I love about this pure external over the internal/external combo I have is that it spins down after about ten minutes of not using it, to conserve drive life. I barely ever even turn on my other one because I know that if I forget to turn it off it can be spinning and getting hot for hours on end.

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  • BushiBushi Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Seconding the recommendation on the MyBook. I've bought three of them, and they're been some of the better externals I've owned.

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  • PlasticLackPlasticLack Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I've had problems with the MyBook (it was one of the older ones with the green circle on the front instead of the blue strip), and I've heard other similar complaints. The hard drive in mine didn't have a problem, but the power supply ended up dying in like 10 months. It's always good to have multiple methods of backing up anyway, so you might want to buy a couple.

    I'm personally going with the hard drive + enclosure route. This thing seems badass: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153071

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  • BushiBushi Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I was actually going to link that same enclosure when you mentioned going the hard drive/enclosure route. I've been tempted to buy one of those for like a year, but I already have four drives of various sizes hooked up one way or another. Having that much of the bare drive exposed would make me a little nervous though.

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  • PlasticLackPlasticLack Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Yeah, it does seem a little odd. But I figured that I'm using it just for backup, so I throw in the hard-drive, run the backup job, then take the hard drive back out and put it back in the anti-static bag. A lot of the reviews on Newegg rave about it, so what the hell!

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  • ArcSynArcSyn Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Yeah, I've been eyeing up the Vantec NexStar 3 model. Anyone use that one? I have an internal SATA drive that's unused right now that I want to hook up to my new laptop which has eSATA and the Vantec seems to be one of the cheaper, but more reliable (from reviews) models available with eSATA.

    The docking station style open ones are pretty cool too, but I don't really see the need for them, even if they are about the same price. I think I'd feel better having an aluminum enclosure.

    21Wh%2BekAqgL._SL500_AA200_.jpg $40 at Amazon.

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  • fshavlakfshavlak Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I have a Western Digital MyPassport and it's been solid. Got a deal at Circuit City on it, it's a 320gb model.

    I wanted a drive that got it's power through USB so I didn't have to deal with a separate adapter.

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  • HranjHranj Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I have a 640gb MyBook that I got on Black Friday for 60 bucks. The thing has been great and I haven't had a problem with it yet. It even matches the lights on my Antec 900.

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  • ShensShens Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Due to the My Book love in here... I bought one. THANKS A LOT FOR MAKING ME SPEND MONEY.

    (I have no self control.) D:

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  • silverback1138silverback1138 Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Shens wrote: »
    Due to the My Book love in here... I bought one. THANKS A LOT FOR MAKING ME SPEND MONEY.

    (I have no self control.) D:

    Hey, I have a 500GB Mybook and not only that, I just had to get a 1TB one which should get here in a couple of days. I've gone with both WD and Seagate HDD's for the past 8 years and I'm extremely happy with both brands. What's kinda funny is right now, my desktop has 3 Seagate internal drives while I have 2 Passports(One for media playback and the other as my laptop's storage drive) and 2 Mybooks.

    You'll be happy with your Mybook. I use mine as a backup drive and media storage. Especially if you're in an area where your ISP is metering your d/l's and you have some digital copies of games like a Steam account, it's useful just in case you need to reinstall.

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  • freakish lightfreakish light butterdick jones and his heavenly asshole machineRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    ArcSyn wrote: »
    Yeah, I've been eyeing up the Vantec NexStar 3 model. Anyone use that one? I have an internal SATA drive that's unused right now that I want to hook up to my new laptop which has eSATA and the Vantec seems to be one of the cheaper, but more reliable (from reviews) models available with eSATA.

    The docking station style open ones are pretty cool too, but I don't really see the need for them, even if they are about the same price. I think I'd feel better having an aluminum enclosure.

    21Wh%2BekAqgL._SL500_AA200_.jpg $40 at Amazon.

    I have a NexStar CX. The power light was broken when I got it, so I always forget to turn it off because I don't remember it's on. And it gets pretty warm because there's no fan built in, but I can't comment on that specific model.

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  • Dark ShroudDark Shroud Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I've been looking at External Enclosures. This one looks interesting to me: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817366019

    I just want to throw this out there. The Western Digital Green drives seem to do an amazing job in these things. Since they do spin down when not in use among other things they produce way less heat and use a lot less energy.

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  • fshavlakfshavlak Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I've been looking at External Enclosures. This one looks interesting to me: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817366019

    I just want to throw this out there. The Western Digital Green drives seem to do an amazing job in these things. Since they do spin down when not in use among other things they produce way less heat and use a lot less energy.

    Looking at the reviews on newegg, I wouldn't purchase that enclosure.

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  • Dark ShroudDark Shroud Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    fshavlak wrote: »
    Looking at the reviews on newegg, I wouldn't purchase that enclosure.

    That's the reason I haven't actually purchased it. It looks cool but the issues just can't be overlooked. It's also cheaper at tigerdirect and has a bit longer discussion on the problems.

    I'm looking for cases for a couple of old HDs I'm pulling out of a PC that I'm giving to my mother. The first is 250gig SATA 133 that's only going to be used for back up. The other is a 300gig SATA 150 that I'm actually going to use for porting data around. I've found a couple of decent $20 cases that I'm liking that also have good reviews.

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