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    Help with1tb external harddrives

    I found these three:

    Western Digital MyBook Essentials 1TB Hard Disk Drive £129.97 (special offer - how good?)
    direct.tesco.com/q/R…spx

    Western Digital MyBook World 500GB 3.5" Network Drive £149.97 - half the gigs for more cost?
    direct.tesco.com/q/R…spx

    Western Digital MyBook World 1TB 3.5" Network Drive £209.97
    direct.tesco.com/q/R…spx

    Question about network drives - do they only have Ethernet Interface or do they have usb too? Do they only connect via Router or the computer?

    I'd be interested in connecting it to the router (I have Bebox) so that the computer does not have to be on and so I can access it from anywhere - is this the idea?
    But also if I need to take it some where and plug it into another computer will it have usb?

    I'm also interested in it have an external sata connection, I believe these are faster than usb and will become more prominent.

    I've also heard some network drives, this brand I think, stop certain file transfers - is this true?

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    Hi Darken, I'll try to give you a breakdown of the three drives you've identified:-

    The first one (Western Digital MyBook Essentials 1TB Hard Disk Drive £129.97); this drive is a USB ONLY external drive which means that you will not be able to just plug this into a router and share the data stored on it over a network. it runs at a max of 480mbits/s which is 60 megabytes a second.

    The second drive (Western Digital MyBook World 500GB 3.5" Network Drive ); less storage, yes, but this one allows connection via ethernet (it'll plug into your router/switch/hub) and it also lets you attach another external storage drive (non-ethernet) into a USB port on the back. the transfer rates on this are standard ethernet speeds (10/100/1000 Mb/s capable). i don't think it will just plug directly into a standalone PC though.

    The third is identical to the mybook world 500gb but with double the storage capacity.

    to summarise, the first is your best bet if accessing over ethernet/internet is not necessary or if you don't mind setting up file sharing on your system and leaving it on all the time. The second or third drive is more suited to network access, but if you need to move this to a different location you'll have to connect it to another system's router, and may need to do a little configuring.

    I hope this has been some help, and i'll keep an eye on this thread should you need more info.

    Have a nice one!

    P.S. You will probably be able to connect a PC directly to the 2nd/3rd drive using a crossover ethernet cable.

    rawskane;2940935

    Hi Darken, I'll try to give you a breakdown of the three drives you've … Hi Darken, I'll try to give you a breakdown of the three drives you've identified:-The first one (Western Digital MyBook Essentials 1TB Hard Disk Drive £129.97); this drive is a USB ONLY external drive which means that you will not be able to just plug this into a router and share the data stored on it over a network. it runs at a max of 480mbits/s which is 60 megabytes a second.The second drive (Western Digital MyBook World 500GB 3.5" Network Drive ); less storage, yes, but this one allows connection via ethernet (it'll plug into your router/switch/hub) and it also lets you attach another external storage drive (non-ethernet) into a USB port on the back. the transfer rates on this are standard ethernet speeds (10/100/1000 Mb/s capable). i don't think it will just plug directly into a standalone PC though.The third is identical to the mybook world 500gb but with double the storage capacity.to summarise, the first is your best bet if accessing over ethernet/internet is not necessary or if you don't mind setting up file sharing on your system and leaving it on all the time. The second or third drive is more suited to network access, but if you need to move this to a different location you'll have to connect it to another system's router, and may need to do a little configuring.I hope this has been some help, and i'll keep an eye on this thread should you need more info.Have a nice one!P.S. You will probably be able to connect a PC directly to the 2nd/3rd drive using a crossover ethernet cable.



    Forgot to mention in the last post, if you are considering external SATA (eSATA) the drives above are not what you are looking for, and in addition, you would probably need to install an eSATA PCI Card in your tower (unless your motherboard already supports it) to connect to an eSATA drive, and i don't think there are any routers out there that support eSATA as yet, so file sharing would have to be set up on your machine.

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    rawskane;2941475

    Forgot to mention in the last post, if you are considering external SATA … Forgot to mention in the last post, if you are considering external SATA (eSATA) the drives above are not what you are looking for, and in addition, you would probably need to install an eSATA PCI Card in your tower (unless your motherboard already supports it) to connect to an eSATA drive, and i don't think there are any routers out there that support eSATA as yet, so file sharing would have to be set up on your machine.



    Okay thanks, just saw this. Actually the second point of plugging a second harddrive into the usb of another ethernet hardrive is good, didn't know you could do that.

    Shame esata routers don't exist yet! Tech is slow (or the people making the money don't want us with even easier solutions)! Mind you I'm sure there are routers with usb connections but they're more expensive and seem rare.

    rawskane;2940935

    The first one (Western Digital MyBook Essentials 1TB Hard Disk Drive … The first one (Western Digital MyBook Essentials 1TB Hard Disk Drive £129.97); this drive is a USB ONLY external drive which means that you will not be able to just plug this into a router and share the data stored on it over a network. it runs at a max of 480mbits/s which is 60 megabytes a second.The second drive (Western Digital MyBook World 500GB 3.5" Network Drive ); less storage, yes, but this one allows connection via ethernet (it'll plug into your router/switch/hub) and it also lets you attach another external storage drive (non-ethernet) into a USB port on the back. the transfer rates on this are standard ethernet speeds (10/100/1000 Mb/s capable). i don't think it will just plug directly into a standalone PC though.



    Well in theory, USB performance isn't great so 30MB/s is about the best you'll get in practical terms. Assuming your network isn't connected via gigabit ethernet throughout you'll only get Fast ethernet speeds, I don't know what these are in practice but lets be generous and call it 10MB/s. Wireless g networking will give you about 2.5MB/s.

    Normal hard drives can acheive about 50-90MB/s depending on the size of the files being transfered, eSATA can handle anything up to 300MB/s.

    A router with eSATA would be pointless for speed purposes as it's going to be connected to a network that's at best a third the speed of USB. eSATA might be more reliable for heavy use, but if you're going to be using it heavily you probably want the extra speed of direct connection anyway.

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    I suppose. We have Bebox which I think is a 22MB line. But I connect to it via wireless so only get 54Mbps (although thinking about it I'm sure I've seen downloads going over 1MB..) Anyway I thought if I connect the harddrive to the router downloads/torrents etc will go faster, as they won't have to be transmitted to my laptop to then save on a harddisk there (assuming the downstream is larger and my laptop wir-fi the limit).

    On the other hand routers wiith eSata would be future proofed

    Darken;3266653

    I suppose. We have Bebox which I think is a 22MB line. But I connect to … I suppose. We have Bebox which I think is a 22MB line. But I connect to it via wireless so only get 54Mbps (although thinking about it I'm sure I've seen downloads going over 1MB..) Anyway I thought if I connect the harddrive to the router downloads/torrents etc will go faster, as they won't have to be transmitted to my laptop to then save on a harddisk there (assuming the downstream is larger and my laptop wir-fi the limit).On the other hand routers wiith eSata would be future proofed



    With regards to your bebox, the 22MB line is your external connection and thus irrelevant to your network harddrive. The 54Mbps is the theoretical speed for that wireless in reality it would be less despite what your computer tells you. If you're going to be transferring files across the network then you would be better off using a wired connection as it would be significantly faster compared to wireless.
    Setting up the harddrive for torrents depends on the hard drive you get and whether it supports torrents natively or you'll have to hack it.

    Darken;3266653

    Anyway I thought if I connect the harddrive to the router … Anyway I thought if I connect the harddrive to the router downloads/torrents etc will go faster, as they won't have to be transmitted to my laptop to then save on a harddisk there (assuming the downstream is larger and my laptop wir-fi the limit).



    It's possible but I'd test out the speed you get transfering a file between two devices on your network if possible before buying based on that. If you've just got the laptop then try downloading from somewhere that lets you have a high speed when connected by ethernet and wifi and see how much difference there is.

    Darken;3266653

    On the other hand routers wiith eSata would be future proofed



    Not really, eSATA only supports hard drives and optical drives so it's not a replacement for USB and may not even be around for as long as USB. Networking will get faster but as your router won't support the new standards it's pointless there too. If you are planning to connect everything with gigabit ethernet it might help.
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