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    Can anyone recommend a reliable reasonably priced portable hard drive

    My son is off to Durham university and I want to get him a portable hard drive that's reliable and reasonably priced. Also what size would be best he will be backing up his work in case his laptop goes wrong, he kills it or gets pinched. Any suggestions would be gratefully received. Thanks

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    I use a 1TB Toshiba one for my Mac Time machine backup and have never had any issues. Cost me £35 from Tescos.

    Continue looking for a portable hard drive, but as another layer of safety also look into cloud based storage. Many free services out there from very reputable companies such as Google, Dropbox and Amazon.

    How much 'work' will be backed up? Or will 'other' stuff like movies and music etc. end up on the drive? The reason I ask is that a USB stick would be the best, cheapest most portable option. Documents (coursework/photos) wouldn't take up much space so a reasonably sized stick (8gb/16gb/32gb) would suffice. Even a couple in case one got lost! I did post a deal for a cheap 64gb stick (£7.50) at Wilko stores presently - if you had a local store and they have stock, of course.

    If you want bigger, then maybe an SSD with a cheap USB caddy. Can take punishment better than a standard type spindrive as it's solid-state - just like a USB stick.

    All the best, Phsy.

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    Phsycronix

    How much 'work' will be backed up? Or will 'other' stuff like movies and … How much 'work' will be backed up? Or will 'other' stuff like movies and music etc. end up on the drive? The reason I ask is that a USB stick would be the best, cheapest most portable option. Documents (coursework/photos) wouldn't take up much space so a reasonably sized stick (8gb/16gb/32gb) would suffice. Even a couple in case one got lost! I did post a deal for a cheap 64gb stick (£7.50) at Wilko stores presently - if you had a local store and they have stock, of course.If you want bigger, then maybe an SSD with a cheap USB caddy. Can take punishment better than a standard type spindrive as it's solid-state - just like a USB stick.All the best, Phsy.


    Thanks for your suggestions knowing my son everything will go on it. The problem with usb sticks is he has a habit of losing them and the SSD have much lower storage space and cost a lot more than a portable hard drive

    I use a simple script that runs several times a day to transfer files to an 128GB SD card always in the laptop. Unless he works with very large files, this should be more than sufficient.

    Lugging a USB drive around everywhere is not just cumbersome but also dangerous. Shocks and jolts will destroy the drive whilst give a false sense of security. Consider solid state for every day usage and the external drive as a nightly dump or weekly backup.

    ipswich78

    Continue looking for a portable hard drive, but as another layer of … Continue looking for a portable hard drive, but as another layer of safety also look into cloud based storage. Many free services out there from very reputable companies such as Google, Dropbox and Amazon.



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    always have more than 1 backup. preferably one on local media and one on cloud storage, at least for important things.

    Berni967

    Thanks for your suggestions knowing my son everything will go on it. The … Thanks for your suggestions knowing my son everything will go on it. The problem with usb sticks is he has a habit of losing them and the SSD have much lower storage space and cost a lot more than a portable hard drive



    I wouldn't have said that - well, maybe 5 or 6 years ago! Prices are a lot less today than you'd think. I bought a 60gb SSD for just over £18 and a £2something 2.5" SATA case and Bob's your Uncle! I did click lucky though...

    For a quick example on Ebay:

    ebay.co.uk/itm…814?hash=item51e46f98b6:g:rWsAAMXQDnpTYR~4

    Not too bad a price for a ready-to-rock stable backup platform. Looking around, you could do better and pick up a 60gb drive for around £20:

    ebay.co.uk/itm…112?hash=item2a5e868310:g:DksAAOSw~otWgNqq

    Then bung it in a cheap £3 SATA case:

    ebay.co.uk/itm…542?hash=item2ec92c22de:g:tRQAAMXQWnVR5FU~

    Ok, it might not be the fastest example but it WILL get the job done.

    Hope that helps, but as others have mentioned - it's always a good idea to have more than one plan of attack. Especially if it's coursework. Wouldn't want to lose it all in one fell swoop. That's why a separate backup to cloud/usb/sd is worth considering.

    My daughter has a western digital passport drive which she uses to back up her uni work.

    Buy an Anker Hdd case, add a cheap SSD, its very low power, won't break whilst being moved, and is not going to go out of date as fast as hard drives.

    Why are people recommending SSDs as a backup? OP said it's for backing up just about everything, so 60GB SSD is gonna get full within a matter of hours. Also you don't need the speed of a SSD for backups, it's pointless.

    Not sure what size drive you want OP, or your budget but here's a few to choose from.

    £80 Samsung 3TB USB 3.0/2.0 Desktop Hard Drive - This requires plugging into mains for power.

    £60 Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 - Does not require a mains plug, it runs purely off USB power.

    £47 Transcend 1TB USB 3.0 Military-Grade Shock Resistance Portable Hard Drive - Powered by USB.

    £45 Toshiba 1TB USB 3.0 - USB powered.


    I would recommend getting a USB powered drive, rather than one that requires a mains plug, they are much easier and less hassle.

    1TB isn't overly huge these days if your son is gonna put movies/tv shows etc on it or he takes lots of videos/photos so keep that in mind!

    Edited by: "PenguinsForAll" 25th Aug 2016

    Best way to backup his work up would be using the cloud (google drive or dropbox) + 8GB usb stick (buy a couple because they are very cheap), anything else is an overkill.
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