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#374035 - 04/23/12 12:13 PM Need an external hard drive
tomtuttle Offline
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I keep an external hard drive at the office as offsite backup and to hold my music library. Well, my WD mybook gave up the other day.

Suggestions for cheap, quiet, reliable?

I like to ask you guys to shop for me.

Many thanks.
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#374038 - 04/23/12 01:11 PM Re: Need an external hard drive [Re: tomtuttle]
fredk Offline
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Tom. Most consumer drives are quiet, cheap and reliable. The noisiest will be high performance/fast drives. Stay away from those and you will be OK.

If you want the most quiet for your $, go to silentpcreview.com and take a look at their ratings.
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#374042 - 04/23/12 01:26 PM Re: Need an external hard drive [Re: tomtuttle]
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I think I just got a Western Digital "Elements" external storage drive with not all the crap autobackup software that comes on most of them. Cheap and lots of storage.
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#374052 - 04/23/12 03:16 PM Re: Need an external hard drive [Re: tomtuttle]
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Tom, how big a drive do you need? I seem to have 8~10 externals floating around...mostly Maxtors in the 200~300GB range.
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#374095 - 04/23/12 11:03 PM Re: Need an external hard drive [Re: tomtuttle]
INANE Offline
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I picked up x2 Toshiba 1TB 2.5 portable USB drives for my uncles server backups. They seem to work fine. I like their enclosures, small with rubber edge, feels solid.

They don't make em anymore but perhaps there is a newer model of them out.
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#374108 - 04/24/12 12:43 AM Re: Need an external hard drive [Re: tomtuttle]
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I've had externals on a couple of occasions. The drives themselves seem okay, if a little slow due to the interfaces I've had for them, but the enclosures have developed problems that killed them. I think the ventilation on one of them wasn't designed too well, and I can't remember what broke too easily on the other.

I haven't needed to transport that much data anywhere for a while, but I just use internal drives with a hard drive dock (I have this one right now) if the need arises. It's not pretty, and it's not quiet, but it serves my purposes better than the normal external setup.

If you're going to be transporting it around, I'd look at getting something more rugged than the cheapos, but I'm really not sure what the options are for that. Probably more than you want to spend.

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#374125 - 04/24/12 11:19 AM Re: Need an external hard drive [Re: tomtuttle]
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I've gone though a couple WD drives (IE: they died a silent death). I've had a Seagate Free Agent for years without a single hiccup. So either the Seagate is more reliable, or I just got lucky with it, for once.
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#374128 - 04/24/12 11:52 AM Re: Need an external hard drive [Re: michael_d]
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I have been using Seagate drives in my NAS - I had one failure within a couple of months of purchase, but since that one was replaced under warranty I have been problem free for at least 3 years. In fact just checked my NAS status and it has been continuously up for 127 days, 14 hours and 25 minutes as of this post. grin I use the DLink DNS 323 in RAID1 configuration - separate backup to a single drive stored offsite is supposed to be done monthly, but realistically is done semi annually.
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#374136 - 04/24/12 12:45 PM Re: Need an external hard drive [Re: tomtuttle]
ClubNeon Offline
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Not external, but I use Seagate drives exclusively at home and work. There's probably about 50 spinning around me somewhere. I had one out of all of those start to grow bad blocks about a week after install, and one other stop spinning after 1.5 years (2 year warranty on this SAS model). Both replaced without fuss, for $9 Seagate even cross-shipped replacements, with a return carton.
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#374139 - 04/24/12 12:54 PM Re: Need an external hard drive [Re: tomtuttle]
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+1 Seagate so far. Although I'm not religious about buying them. My last internal drive was a WD just because of the sale at the time.
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