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Re: What brand of external hard drive do you recommend?
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2013, 01:48:27 PM »
I wish I had enough stuff to need to backup on a big drive.  I actually use a failed hard drive (320GB, 2.5" SATA) from a laptop that wouldn't allow me to install an OS on it.  It writes/reads just fine and I put it in a cheap external enclosure, $8-something from Amazon.  I have maybe 40-50GB of stuff I must have saved and another 100GB I'd like to keep forever.  The must have stuff is also backed up to DVDs, I zipped everything into 4GB folders and burn them and then I do it again for double backups.

Another idea is get some of those 32GB flash drives when they're on sale for $15-$20.

But if you have terabytes of stuff to back up, old hard drives are great.  You can go cheap and use bare drives, and get a hard drive dock, or you can buy little enclosures for each of them.
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Re: What brand of external hard drive do you recommend?
« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2013, 12:25:45 PM »
I wish I had enough stuff to need to backup on a big drive.  I actually use a failed hard drive (320GB, 2.5" SATA) from a laptop that wouldn't allow me to install an OS on it.  It writes/reads just fine and I put it in a cheap external enclosure, $8-something from Amazon.  I have maybe 40-50GB of stuff I must have saved and another 100GB I'd like to keep forever.  The must have stuff is also backed up to DVDs, I zipped everything into 4GB folders and burn them and then I do it again for double backups.

Another idea is get some of those 32GB flash drives when they're on sale for $15-$20.

But if you have terabytes of stuff to back up, old hard drives are great.  You can go cheap and use bare drives, and get a hard drive dock, or you can buy little enclosures for each of them.

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Re the bold ^^ above. You hang around RRW long enough and it won't be long before you'll be needing an external hard drive, too. 

I like your suggestions for using DVDs for your backups.

Karen

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Re: What brand of external hard drive do you recommend?
« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2013, 09:43:52 AM »
Hello All,

Stories of backing up your information, I have been down that route of losing info on all kinds of products, painful stuff.

Now days though, I keep the 32 gigs which I have just for when I am doing small jobs or needing to download stuff or to transfer stuff.

Also I have a couple 500 gigs, but I am currently using a few 1 tetra Toshiba External hard drive,  I had several different ones over the years and keeping back ups and extra external hard drives around is a good thing.

I only had problems as some of you posted with a Lacie and also a few of the less popular external hard drives, but I think it definitely needs to be compatible with your computer otherwise you run the risk of 2 things, blowing your computer or the external hard drive, which I recently seen happen to a friends wife who used a drive on a very old lap top...It fried her laptop some how.

Karen, thanks for bringing this topic up, I plan to get another external hard drive this month and will make sure to watch out for which one to buy.


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Re: What brand of external hard drive do you recommend?
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2013, 10:34:54 PM »
Having recently had a hard drive broken, I've been doing a bit of research whilst trying to get my data recovered.

No matter what brand you buy there are only three manufacturers now, Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital.

They have now swallowed everybody else. Of the three, seagate is the one that arrives most often to have data recovered apparently. They have had a series of problems with the firmware.

That's enough to put me off them anyway.

Have also discovered that most of the data recovery companies advertised on the web are scams...

In the UK at least there are only 3 companies with a registered "class 100 clean room" essential for opening a hard drive, yet there are thousands of companies advertising!

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Re: What brand of external hard drive do you recommend?
« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2013, 07:22:09 AM »
You  may have already made your purchase, but I thought I'd weigh in anyway...

I had to replace three of my external drives last month: 2 Maxtors (Seagate) and 1 Lacie. Old age, I suppose. They all gave about 6 years of hard, 24/7 service, and then stopped. Fortunately, I lost no data, as I have an aggressive backup strategy.

After a lot of research, I replaced them each with a WD My Passport Studio 1TB. About the size of a pack of cards, no power cord (runs off the computer) and metal casing. Bought 2 with Firewire and 1 USB 3.0 (all are going on my Mac server). You have to bee careful of the connections to make sure they have what your computer needs.

Obviously I don't have a lot of service time with them, but so far, so good under heavy workloads. I love the smaller footprint and lack of power connections. Cleans up my server closet a lot.

Just my $.03.

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