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Holy grail of external hard drives

Discussion in 'Electronic Devices' started by klaiviel, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. epicelite

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    Get a SSD!

    Some of them come with a USB port built in! :0
     
  2. Narcosynthesis

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    My WD Mybook has so far treated me well, bulky and dependant on power, but cheaper for the memory.

    If you want something as a properly portable drive then the WD passports seem a great option.
     
  3. Synaptic Misfire
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    This is another advantage to rolling your own drive, bare drives have 3 year warranties. BUT no drive warranty covers data loss so backing up the backups is critical. I am currently looking for a good offsite backup company as further redundancy.
     
  4. klaiviel

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    Wow they changed that price fast. Sorry guys, the price has gone up back to $109.99. It was good while it lasted..
     
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    So, I'm totally new to the forums, but my solution was fairly cheap (and waterproof, too). I put a WD passport elite (320 gb I believe) into a pelican 1020 case. I don't think it would be rugged while it's running, but for me that's not an issue. Just thought I'd pass along another option. YMMV.

    Andrew
     
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    I just picked up a WD essential 250GB for $60 at Wal-Mart. I don't even think that's a sale price.

    only bummer is that it didn't even come with a slip case, so now I'm hunting for a good compact case for it.

    -Greg
     
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    Apricorn makes some great, small, rugged external drives. I've been using one for 5 years. Perfect for my extensive travel needs... I'm out of the office traveling to client sites 5 days a week.

    AJ
     
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    I use a Vantec enclosure with an 80GB HDD for work, and the only problem is that some of the older Dells won't recognize it as a boot drive, while the WD passport works flawlessly.

    I EDC a 500GB WD Passport with all my important docs and tunes.
     
  10. Synaptic Misfire
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    Smoke,

    That is true, the WD Passport boards have an emulation built in where the Vantec boards are just a bare bones interface.

    I only use my drive for storage so I did not mention that thanks for bringing it up.

    SM
     
  11. ObiHann

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    Lacie Rugged drives are pretty awesome, lots of padding, shock protection, usb 2, firewire 400/800, up to 500gb storage and powered through the data cable.
     
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    Have traveled a lot with Lacie Rugged drives without any issues. Plus, FireWire 800 is smoking hot but next ones will be eSata.
     
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    I've had a very expensive MacAlly enclosure die on me in just a couple years of normal use (the Firewire/USB board died, not the HDD) so this rather turned me off the idea of "dumb" external HDDs. :shrug: Just went and maxed out the internal drive, this was much more gigs for the money.
    Maybe sometime a "smart" one, with its own LAN, WiFi, torrent, FTP and HTTP downloading and media player functions - but this is rather outside the scope of this discussion.
     
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    I've done my research and read some bad reviews from WD, maybe you guys had other experiences but personally i am going with a Seagate... might want to check it out guys? they have the fewest bad reviews, and my dad who is a Computer Database Administrator at a university swears by em.
     
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    True, I always use full size Seagate drives in my PC - they have a better reputation and a longer warranty! :luck:

    As far as WD My Passports - they seem to be pretty reliable ...... if it lasts for 3 years, I'll be happy ...... by then 10Tb drives will be available or hopefully SSD's would have become affordable! :highfive:
     
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