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External Hard Drive for BackUp

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by BarnStorm, Feb 7, 2011.

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  1. BarnStorm

    BarnStorm Thread Starter

    May 11, 2006
    I've been using a salvaged hard drive from an old PC (with an enclosure) for my external file back-up.

    As it's getting long in the tooth, and capacity is getting pinched, I want to explore a new one (say... 1 to 2 TB range).

    I know there's lots of them out there from different manufacturers, but hoped to get a few recommendations from this esteemed forum.

    Or maybe it's just all about price given the technology itself is quite "commodity."

    Thanks for any input on what to consider.
  2. martindewy


    Jan 29, 2011
    I have had ex hard drives now for a while and was very satisfied, then i purchased a flt screen tv i bought an Iomega 1TB Screen Play plus media player , i found it excellent plug in to tv and play ,operating system very user friendly 1 USB port on front and copy and paste facility so easy transfer onto player, then i got a 2 TB ScreenPlay Director Iomega Media player a excellent machine very user friendly and you can copy and paste from player to stick and stick to player , very happy with it (y) ,a little pricey but well worth it . hope this helps ;)
  3. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    As you are considering the change
    as you are aware harddrives do fail, and having all you backup on just one device may not always be safe
  4. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor

    May 25, 2005
    There's several Advantages to Making you own ..
    Using a good enclosure .. Then installing a really good HD.
    Something like This enclosure with a really good cooling fan ...
    And something like one of These HDDs with a 5 year warranty.
    As said, any HDD/enclosure can fail .. so I usually get two of each.
  5. Hughv


    Jul 22, 2006
    What Noyb said.
    I've had to crack open several externals and it blows my mind hat some are so difficult to open that they may not be re-useable.
    I've been using this case, which is easy to assemble and, of the ten or so I've assembled, none have given any problems.
    Santa also brought me an NAS with RAID capability which has been very good so far.
  6. win2kpro


    Jul 19, 2005
    There is no way I would purchase a pre-assembled external hard drive. Purchase the enclosure and drive of your choice and take the 15 or so minutes to put it together. When you build your own unit you don't have any surprises like some folks who purchased WD Passport externals then found out the hard drive was not a standard SATA interface.
  7. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor

    May 25, 2005
    Most people get an external to back up their files ... But they buy a premade and can't get to the HD.
    They may backup their files but they don't backup their operating system ...
    If their computer crashes .. They're into a lot of work rebuilding.

    If you build your own external and can get to the HDD .. You can have your next HD built and waiting in the enclosure.
    In a crash .. Just physically swap the HDs
    My next Fresh system restore is already built and waiting in my external.

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