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Need external hard drive recommendations

Crazy Jamie Avatar
6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
I am on the hunt for an external hard drive for my girlfriend's iMac, and come seeking recommendations from you fine people. Unfortunately I am simply not really in the know in this area and can't tell a reliable brand from a dodgy brand, and all that internet searching seems to bring up is bad reviews for virtually all the brands (whether or not this is an industry trend I don't know).

It needs to be at least 500GB and AC powered would be fine considering it will be sitting on a desk. Reliability is the main requirement, so whilst I have noted a few on here recently (the 1TB Iomega from Comet caught my eye because I have a 500GB Iomega that has been going forever) I am more than willing to spend a bit more to guarantee reliability.

So you recommendations please, people. I offer rep for helpful answers, for it is all I have to give.
Crazy Jamie Avatar
6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
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Don't buy Lacie, Freecom or Iomega, their enclosures contain random makes of hard drives (which ever was the cheapest to them that week).

Seagate comes highly recommended, also they tend to be a little more expensive. My portable Seagate FreeAgent Go drive came with a 5year warranty.

Here are the mains powered desktop versions...

Seagate FreeAgent 500GB USB Hard Drive - £51.27 delivered
Seagate FreeAgent 1TB USB Hard Drive - £71.50delivered
#4
Thanks for the suggestions, guys. Has anyone got any comment to make on the Western Digital Elements drive?
#5
I went ahead and ordered the 500GB Seagate one that Summoner recommended. Thanks to all three of you; you have been repped.

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