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    Buying an external HDD. Which one is reliable?

    Hi everyone

    I'm in the market for an external 2.5" driver of 1 or 2 TB capacity.

    Now, the question is which make is more or less adequate in terms of reliability?

    Also, heard I should avoid Seagate at any cost as they are notorious for their quality control and a high drive failure rate. Is this correct?

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    Seagate, WD, Toshiba, HGST all good. Everyone has their own opinions and experience of what is good or bad. I use WD stuff for NAS and they've been good however i've used Seagate for years with no issues also. With externals its hard to know which model drive is in the enclosure though making reliability stats pretty useless.

    boxxy

    Seagate, WD, Toshiba, HGST all good. Everyone has their own opinions and … Seagate, WD, Toshiba, HGST all good. Everyone has their own opinions and experience of what is good or bad. I use WD stuff for NAS and they've been good however i've used Seagate for years with no issues also. With externals its hard to know which model drive is in the enclosure though making reliability stats pretty useless.



    Agree with this.

    For every person you get saying Seagate is terrible, there will be 10 more saying they are good.
    For every person you get saying Western Digital are terrible, there will be 10 more saying they are good.
    For every person you get saying Toshiba are terrible, there will be 10 more saying they are good.

    ...you get the idea.
    Just go for the cheapest one, have a backup just in case (just like you should if you bought even the most expensive one). It will be fine

    Tbh they are all good, I'm just biased against Toshiba because most of their products fail on me (2 Laptops 2 hard drives and a micro SD card)

    Original Poster

    Okay, guys, thank you so much for your input. Next time I see a good deal here I'll for it regardless of brand.

    I've had a Toshiba HD fail on me too, None of the other brands though.

    Anyone can tell me if 2.5 sata drive from old laptop with shiney new usb 3.0 caddy will actually support a transfer speed of usb 3.

    Adam786123

    Anyone can tell me if 2.5 sata drive from old laptop with shiney new usb … Anyone can tell me if 2.5 sata drive from old laptop with shiney new usb 3.0 caddy will actually support a transfer speed of usb 3.


    Well, theoretical peak of USB 3.0 is 5Gbit/s (aka 625MB/s). Max sequential of a laptop drive is what? About 120MB/s max. Random access is a lot slower: probably under 1MB/s. (Random speed is why SSDs feel so much faster than mechanical drives.)
    So, unless you get a very poor USB 3.0 enclosure, the limit will the drive not USB 3.0
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