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Hi, I need an external hard drive but dont know which one to go for, there are three 500gb ones available on threads on hukd but i dont know much about hard drives. Which of the following would you bu… Read More
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1d, 2m agoPosted 1 decade, 2 months ago
Hi, I need an external hard drive but dont know which one to go for, there are three 500gb ones available on threads on hukd but i dont know much about hard drives. Which of the following would you buy?

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/111979

or

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/124035

or

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/118937/product_info/rb/26240315453

Thanks guys in advance for taking the time to look and help. Manj_007 :thumbsup:
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1d, 2m agoPosted 1 decade, 2 months ago
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#1
I'd go with number 1 - the Mybook premium as it has both usb and firewire (the others dont) and has the usual smart shutdown with PC for energy saving, and arguably a better reputation than maxtors.
#2
I'd personally go for the Western digital one cos it's got firewire and I don't think the others do. If you've got 500gb of stuff to back up it'll make it a lot quicker.
#3
One thing I forgot to mention is all three will be in FAT32 format so you may want to reformat in order to store large individual files (4bg + I think but dont quote me!)
#4
I would go for Iomega as it is cheapest here. As to FAT32, this is the only format I am using for my external drives because I need to transfer files between Windows and Linux machines (not necessarily PCs).
#5
Kommunist
I would go for Iomega as it is cheapest here. As to FAT32, this is the only format I am using for my external drives because I need to transfer files between Windows and Linux machines (not necessarily PCs).


would the brand not make a difference, you recon just do it on price then? How about speeds etc should i be concerned, im using just to back photos and music up. Cheers :thinking:
#6
Well.. here is what I think about it:
1. No HDD is 100% reliable. It'll fail sooner or later. It is good idea not to rely on USB HDD (or any HDD) as a bulletproof backup solution.
2. There are only handful of 3.5" HDD makers in the world: Seagate (own Maxtor now), HGST (Hitachi, also own IBM Deskstar brand), Western Digital, Samsung and Excelstor (Chinese brand and their largest HDD is 160GB).
Which leads us to conclusion that ANY external HDD regardless of brand name will have disk made one of Big Four.
3. The transfer speed is of course an issue but I doubt you would notice significant improvement by going to Firewire800 unless you need to transfer HUGE amount of data, say whole 500GB at one shot. And you will need to buy Firewire800 card, of course :)

As to reliability, I had several faulty IBM/Hitachi, 2 Western Digital drives that failed, 1 Maxtor drive that didn't even manage to survive 1 week and also faulty Seagate Barracuda 9 drive.
#7
Kommunist
Well.. here is what I think about it:
1. No HDD is 100% reliable. It'll fail sooner or later. It is good idea not to rely on USB HDD (or any HDD) as a bulletproof backup solution.
2. There are only handful of 3.5" HDD makers in the world: Seagate (own Maxtor now), HGST (Hitachi, also own IBM Deskstar brand), Western Digital, Samsung and Excelstor (Chinese brand and their largest HDD is 160GB).
Which leads us to conclusion that ANY external HDD regardless of brand name will have disk made one of Big Four.
3. The transfer speed is of course an issue but I doubt you would notice significant improvement by going to Firewire800 unless you need to transfer HUGE amount of data, say whole 500GB at one shot. And you will need to buy Firewire800 card, of course :)

As to reliability, I had several faulty IBM/Hitachi, 2 Western Digital drives that failed, 1 Maxtor drive that didn't even manage to survive 1 week and also faulty Seagate Barracuda 9 drive.


Agree Kommunist...I have had the following experiences with failed HDDs... 2 IBMs,1 Maxtor, 1 WD, and one Seagate...fortunately with the IBMs and Maxtor I was able to retrieve the data but the other two were catastrophic failures.

Since these experiences I have a double backup system ..you can never be too secure because as you say HDDs are prone to failure...although reliability may well have improved with improved technology.

Excelstor drives are built using an old IBM design and should be avoided.
#8
Are internal ones more reliable then?
#9
MANJ_007
Are internal ones more reliable then?
Not really. Normally external drive is the same as internal one, just with pretty (or maybe not so..) case.
Internal drives sometimes carry longer warranty, like in case of Seagate - 5 years for internal and 2 years for external drives.
So, warranty-wise you'd be better off buying external enclosure and using it with internal drive.

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