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Best External Hardrive?
« on: June 16, 2013, 05:29:30 AM »
I just bought this one and I would like to hear your thoughts about it.  And what harddrive would you have picked instead.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145873

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Re: Best External Hardrive?
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2013, 06:05:21 AM »
What is it being used for?
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Re: Best External Hardrive?
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2013, 07:13:18 AM »
What is it being used for?

porn.

Edited because you forgot to capitalize the first word in your sentence. WTF is wrong with you. English Syntax, noob.

Edited because I did it on purpose and if you ever modify another one of my posts I will purge your unclean existence from the internet; Scorched Earth style.

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Re: Best External Hardrive?
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2013, 09:52:04 PM »
Ah no no no.  Quite the contrary.  Just to backup my Christian music and funny video files (just data). Its a 7200 rpm with 1 TB and I got it for only $69.99.

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Re: Best External Hardrive?
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2013, 09:05:57 AM »
What is it being used for?

porn.

Edited because you forgot to capitalize the first word in your sentence. WTF is wrong with you. English Syntax, noob.

Edited because I did it on purpose and if you ever modify another one of my posts I will purge your unclean existence from the internet; Scorched Earth style.

I was under the impression that he'd been given the last warning about this stuff... several times over.

As for the topic, I would have picked an internal drive instead (yadda yadda WD caviar yadda yadda) and bought backup space from a provider. Backups are best kept in storage *not* in the same room the computer is in.

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Re: Best External Hardrive?
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2013, 09:41:47 AM »
As for the topic, I would have picked an internal drive instead (yadda yadda WD caviar yadda yadda) and bought backup space from a provider. Backups are best kept in storage *not* in the same room the computer is in.

True, but without proper upload bandwidth such a backup can be a bit cumbersome (nevertheless, I backup my stuff to a remote server with only a 780 kbps upload connection as well).



As for the external hard drive itself: never heard of HGST before, but apparently it was a Hitachi owned company which now belongs to Western Digital. Do you prefer 2.5" drives or 3.5"? The one you posted is 2.5".

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Re: Best External Hardrive?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2013, 10:06:21 PM »
As for the topic, I would have picked an internal drive instead (yadda yadda WD caviar yadda yadda) and bought backup space from a provider. Backups are best kept in storage *not* in the same room the computer is in.

True, but without proper upload bandwidth such a backup can be a bit cumbersome (nevertheless, I backup my stuff to a remote server with only a 780 kbps upload connection as well).



As for the external hard drive itself: never heard of HGST before, but apparently it was a Hitachi owned company which now belongs to Western Digital. Do you prefer 2.5" drives or 3.5"? The one you posted is 2.5".

Well actually Spooky, I'm pretty new at picking these drives out.  I chose this one because of cost, speed and the reviews it got on newegg.

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Re: Best External Hardrive?
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2013, 03:01:08 PM »
What is it being used for?

porn.

Edited because you forgot to capitalize the first word in your sentence. WTF is wrong with you. English Syntax, noob.

Edited because I did it on purpose and if you ever modify another one of my posts I will purge your unclean existence from the internet; Scorched Earth style.

Edit: do it faggot, you are about as scary as a wilted daffodil

Edit: Banned.

porn indeed

haha, and you couldn't have done this a few months ago when the community was more active? behaviour like that reveals his true nature, and I would imagine this was done out of boredom (no more activity=no more drama).
 
anyway, we use a lot of Lacie Ruggeds at work, which I've always found great and solid as a rock.  When I was at uni (many moons ago) I bought a 500GB WD MyBook out of necessity which is not designed to travel well, but it's been through many moves and even been dropped a few times and continues to soldier on (don't you hate that feeling when you drop a piece of delicate equipment, and you don't know if it's broken yet, and you'll only know when you come to test it)

But yes, I agree with the others, for home backup on one machine, I'd have just added another internal drive.
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Re: Best External Hardrive?
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2013, 03:35:28 PM »
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Re: Best External Hardrive?
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2013, 05:21:37 PM »
Ah no no no.  Quite the contrary.  Just to backup my Christian music and funny video files (just data). Its a 7200 rpm with 1 TB and I got it for only $69.99.

That's actually a pretty good deal.
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Re: Best External Hardrive?
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2013, 09:20:56 PM »
As for the external hard drive itself: never heard of HGST before, but apparently it was a Hitachi owned company which now belongs to Western Digital. Do you prefer 2.5" drives or 3.5"? The one you posted is 2.5".


All else being the same, a 3.5" HD will tend to run cooler than a 2.5" HD simply because it has more mass to sink the heat from the moving parts and a bit more tolerance on the internals.  I haven't bought a mechanical HD now in over 3 years due to moving to SSD for workstation builds.  My NAS at the house has 2x 1.5TB Western Digital greens in it, which are only 5400rpm and spend most of their lives in dormant sleep mode for power conservation.  I've seen that WD now has the 3TB+ "red" drives going, but I've seen so many reviews of epic failure and DOA that I think they are pushing out prototype technologies to the consumer before they are really ready.
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Re: Best External Hardrive?
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2013, 12:05:20 AM »
I'd like to hijack this topic (and whilst I enjoyed the subtext deeply) and ask, what's the best fairly low capacity (say 64GB) SSD on the market for the lowest cost. I'm repairing a laptop that may well be used for when I emigrate and will only really use it for a linux distro, I'll just grab a caddy and put my main PC storage drive into it for my media and data.

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Re: Best External Hardrive?
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2013, 12:14:40 PM »
I would go with one of the lower end Kingston drives.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-Technology-SV300S3B7A-60G-Upgrade/dp/B00A7J925I/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1372154694&sr=8-2&keywords=kingston+ssd+60gb&tag=s6010000201-21

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-Technology-Solid-State-Adapter/dp/B00A35X6GM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372154694&sr=8-1&keywords=kingston+ssd+60gb&tag=s6010000201-21

I picked amazon UK, because i seem to remember you being from there, feel free to pick any other local distributor. Now there's a catch here, both of those are excellent in performance, but they use Sandforce, which means they have a shorter lifespan than other drives. The older V200 which i linked has cycle rating of 192 terrabytes, while the newer V300 only 128.

For what it's worth, one of my SSDs is sandforce based (an OCZ Vertex 3) and it's been working for about 3 years with no issues. I've also helped build systems with them and they're all fine so the limited cycles are not an issue as far as i'm concerned.

The Samsung made ones also a good choice, but i can't find any smaller than 120GB.
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Re: Best External Hardrive?
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2013, 01:47:06 AM »
I'd like to hijack this topic (and whilst I enjoyed the subtext deeply) and ask, what's the best fairly low capacity (say 64GB) SSD on the market for the lowest cost. I'm repairing a laptop that may well be used for when I emigrate and will only really use it for a linux distro, I'll just grab a caddy and put my main PC storage drive into it for my media and data.


• Plextor M5 Pro
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• Intel SSD 520
• Kingston Hyper-X (Kit)

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Re: Best External Hardrive?
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2013, 08:07:11 AM »
• Plextor M5 Pro
• OCZ Vertex 4
• Samsung SSD 830 (Kit)
• Intel SSD 520
• Kingston Hyper-X (Kit)

The Samsung SSD 830 is being phased out, you'll only find remaining stock. The newer one (but technically not better one) is the Samsung SSD 840.

And I'd avoid OCZ at all costs, not matter what ;P