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Advice with Portable Hard drives

jupe17 Avatar
6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
Hi,

My cousin has been looking for a portable hard drives for weeks now and I thought I'd buy him one as a Christmas present...However I am not very hardware/computer savvy and one trip to my local PC world has had got me absolutely confused.

I just know I want to get him a 2.5" drive that chrages thru USB also and either a 320 or a 500 GB one. He has a Lenovo laptop with Intel processors (2/3 GB RAM). He needs it mostly for backing up his office work (lots of MS files - ppts, xls, word docs) and is also looking to use it to backup for his hugeeeeee music/movies collection.

I was looking at the IOMEGA and SEAGATE product range and I saw so many models

IOMEGA - Select / Prestige / Ego
SEAGATE - Freeagent / Expansion / Replica

Can someone advise me on what is the difference between all these models and which one would be the best choice for the gift?

My apologies if I've sounded a little thick in my post.

Thanks in advance,
Cheers
Jupe
jupe17 Avatar
6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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#1
>My apologies if I've sounded a little thick in my post

Not at all, you sound as though you have done a lot of research and are asking the right questions.

You say he wants to back up his work related stuff, and also his huge collection of movies and music.

If that is the case I think he needs TWO external hard drives.

A small 2.5" one for his work. These USB powered hard drives are usually quite small (250Gb etc). This he can carry around with him while he is working if he wants.

And a larger 3.5" one for his music and movies. This he is likely to leave at home so it does not matter if he needs to plug it into the mains. Also 3.5" drives are available in 1 terrabyte, 1.5 terrabyte and I think even 2 terrabyte.

You should be able to get a 1Tb external drive for around £50 or £60.
#3
Define a "lot" - a word document is around 30 KB, aka 0.03 MB, which is tiny, frankly - all the work i've done in the last 5 years including a lot of picture weighs in at.... 250 MB. Aka 0.25 GB.

All of my music (2,467 tracks, or 143 hours in various different qualities) comes in at 17.2 GB.

I have 99 films on PC, ranging from DVD to 1080P content and again that comes in at 138 GB.

I could fit all of my music, pictures, videos and work on a 250GB drive with ease tbh, even if you doubled all of that it'd still fit on a 500 GB portable HDD.
#4
I have a Seagate Expansion 500Gb harddrive (3.5" not 2.5").

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-gb/products/external/expansion/

According to their web site they are "basic drives".

Which I guess means they dont come with any backup software or other features.

The Seagate FreeAgent seem to push that they are a "fancy design" so look nicer than the Expression.

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-gb/products/external/freeagent/

The Seagate Replica seems to have some backup software built in.

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-gb/products/external/replica/
#5
Jakg
Define a "lot" - a word document is around 30 KB, aka 0.03 MB, which is tiny, frankly - all the work i've done in the last 5 years including a lot of picture weighs in at.... 250 MB. Aka 0.25 GB.

All of my music (2,467 tracks, or 143 hours in various different qualities) comes in at 17.2 GB.

I have 99 films on PC, ranging from DVD to 1080P content and again that comes in at 138 GB.

I could fit all of my music, pictures, videos and work on a 250GB drive with ease tbh, even if you doubled all of that it'd still fit on a 500 GB portable HDD.


Or for the former you could just get a say a 4gb even a 8gb usb flash drive, then get a external hard drive for the rest.
Or dependent on size needed and if portability needed just get a portable 2.5 hard drive.
#6
Jakg
Define a "lot" - a word document is around 30 KB, aka 0.03 MB, which is tiny, frankly - all the work i've done in the last 5 years including a lot of picture weighs in at.... 250 MB. Aka 0.25 GB.

All of my music (2,467 tracks, or 143 hours in various different qualities) comes in at 17.2 GB.

I have 99 films on PC, ranging from DVD to 1080P content and again that comes in at 138 GB.

I could fit all of my music, pictures, videos and work on a 250GB drive with ease tbh, even if you doubled all of that it'd still fit on a 500 GB portable HDD.


Thanks a lot.. You've actually got me thinking.. He's worked for around 10 yrs now so I dont expect him to have a lot of heavy work related files... maybe outlook but still should be less than 5 GB.....Yes, he does have a lot of music (dunno how many) and around 100 movies in his collection which I guess is split between his PC and laptop...as you so rightly pointed out, all this should not take him more than 200 GB so even doubling that, I think I will settle for a 500 GB drive....

Thanks a zillion...
#7
dcx_badass
A 250GB will be fine, they don't charge as they don't have batteries. And just get the cheapest, they're all basically the same.


I always suspected they were all the same and this was pretty much a commodity product... but when you're not the expert, you always dont know for sure.... thanks for the advice...I guess I'll just take your advice and go for the cheapest 500 GB option across brands....Thanks again !!
#8
guilbert53
I have a Seagate Expansion 500Gb harddrive (3.5" not 2.5").

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-gb/products/external/expansion/

According to their web site they are "basic drives".

Which I guess means they dont come with any backup software or other features.

The Seagate FreeAgent seem to push that they are a "fancy design" so look nicer than the Expression.

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-gb/products/external/freeagent/

The Seagate Replica seems to have some backup software built in.

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-gb/products/external/replica/


Most of these sites have content which flies mostly over my head... besides they all look too sales-y or have these marketing pitches that I'm so scared of... TBH, i'm into sals and marketing myself which is why the apprehension probably :thumbsup:

Anyway thanks for the links again... actually found some useful stuff there...
#9
dcx_badass
A 250GB will be fine, they don't charge as they don't have batteries. And just get the cheapest, they're all basically the same.


^^^ This.

Don't get two separate ones, it's a waste of time, money and space.
#10
500gb 2.5" Western Digital

£64 but i'd say closer to £70 if you want it delivered by Xmas with faster postage.
#11
thesaint
^^^ This.

Don't get two separate ones, it's a waste of time, money and space.


or alike my recommendation, get a flash drive (decent one) for work files, unless they actually need to move the films/music/etc around. Thus its even smaller and will undoubtedly fit everything on.

Even my Blackberry 8900 Curve which i use as a mass storage device only has 1gb card in it but is plenty for all my essays, research, images, etc.

But with anything depends on usage of the user.
#12
The main functional difference between the ranges of drives if that the more expensive ones will usually have faster connections like Firewire and eSATA as well as the slower USB. However they're not going to be useful unless the machine you're using it with has a firewire or eSATA port. Firewire has always been fairly rare and eSATA is pretty new but without knowing which particular Lenovo laptop he's got it's hard to say whether they'd have them.

USB is perfectly acceptable for small file transfer and large file backup though, so I wouldn't worry about it.
#13
EndlessWaves
The main functional difference between the ranges of drives if that the more expensive ones will usually have faster connections like Firewire and eSATA as well as the slower USB. However they're not going to be useful unless the machine you're using it with has a firewire or eSATA port. Firewire has always been fairly rare and eSATA is pretty new but without knowing which particular Lenovo laptop he's got it's hard to say whether they'd have them.

USB is perfectly acceptable for small file transfer and large file backup though, so I wouldn't worry about it.


Thanks a tonne... that actually explains to me the functional diff....

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