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Discussion in 'Electronic Devices' started by klaiviel, Oct 2, 2009.
Get a SSD!
Some of them come with a USB port built in! :0
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.
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.
Sorry to revive dead thread. I ended up going with a 500gb WD Elements hard drive. I am not sure if it is against forum rules to post links to good deals and such but I saw this at Dell for $69.99 with free 2nd day shipping and I just couldn't say no. Figured I would share it with you folks. The link follows: http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/System_Drives/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04&sku=A3064922&dgc=BF&cid=7421&lid=197378&acd=10466193-1225267-u0t0f0fp25339c0s558
Wow they changed that price fast. Sorry guys, the price has gone up back to $109.99. It was good while it lasted..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What about a cheap terabyte??
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.
Have traveled a lot with Lacie Rugged drives without any issues. Plus, FireWire 800 is smoking hot but next ones will be eSata.
IoSafe Solo - Fireproof, waterproof external HD.
If you already have your own drive: Sentry Safe Fireproof/Waterproof Data Storage Chest
Both look really cool.
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.
I've got a 1TB My Passport and am EXTREMELY pleased with it! O0
But for Uber Portability - I'm waiting on the upcoming 32GB MicroSD Cards to use with this cheap and tiny Keychain Reader! :smitten:
The major thing to worry about is having your data stolen ...... make sure to use TrueCrypt!
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.
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:
Get a 1TB