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Solved: Need Advice : Portable vs Desktop External Hard drive?

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  1. Canan

    Canan Thread Starter

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    I know this question was asked over 3 years ago but there is always new items being made.

    How reliable are external hard drives?
    Is an external hard drive hard to install/setup?
    Can a desktop type be used as a portable if needed?
    Is the external hard drive something I turn on and off when its needed?
    Which one would hold up to frequent power outages?
     
  2. Noyb

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    The kind you build yourself are More Reliable/Serviceable .. Get an Enclosure and a good HDD
    They are easy to set up.
    A desktop type can be portable if you have the wall power to run it.
    You can turn On/Off when needed ... But the kind that are pre-made on the store shelves may not have this option (Power Switch)
    They will hold up .. But you may loose files ... if operating when a power outage occurs
     
  3. DaveBurnett

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    I would go for a laptop 2.5inch based one.
    The 2.5 drive is smaller, lighter, and better able to withstand knocks and bangs.
     
  4. Noyb

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    If you want reliability from "knocks and bangs" and powerless portability .. and money is not a problem ...
    I'd go with an enclosure and a SSD .. maybe one of These and These
     
  5. Canan

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    Is this a portable or desktop?
     
  6. Canan

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    Thanks for the information, but I would rather buy one from the store.
     
  7. DaveBurnett

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    Well you were asking about portable drives. Also 2.5in drives are used mostly in laptops because of their lower weight, size, resistance to bangs and lower power requirements.
     
  8. Photopilot

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    Do you travel? If so get a portable one, if not get a desktop one. I have many of each style for different uses. My favorite one is a SATA docking station. It is only good for use at home on the desktop but it allows you to plug in a 2.5 or 3.5" hard drive and use it as an external HD. You can then upgrade HD sizes in the future or buy a spare HD and use it to back up stuff to store somewhere else for added security and redundant backup.

    You can also buy some that will work with e-sata or USB 3.0 for fast interface with your computer or one that has two docks so you can back up from one "loose" HD to the another.
     
  9. Canan

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    I thank all of you for giving me some answers to my post. I am going to mark this solved. Thanks again.
     
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