View Full Version : External HD recommendations?


pale blue eyes
08-31-2008, 11:19 AM
I came very close to losing everything on my computer this week and several people told me I should look into buying one. I know basically what they are but that's about it. How much do they run? What's a good brand? Know of any good deals or good places to buy them? Help me to become a little less technologically challenged, Netphoria.

bja1288
08-31-2008, 11:29 AM
newegg.com

if a product receives lots of reviews and they are all positive, it is worth buying. pretty simple. there isnt really one manufacturer that dominates.

pale blue eyes
08-31-2008, 11:51 AM
Thanks. I just want something that isn't a piece of crap and didn't really know where to start.

Debaser
08-31-2008, 11:59 AM
i got a seagate years ago because I read thy had the longest warrany. (dunno if that still holds true, today).

bja1288
08-31-2008, 12:04 PM
yea i always got the impression that seagate was known most for their reliability but im not sure what kind of a presence they have on the externalHD market

JokeyLoki
08-31-2008, 12:04 PM
I've got a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-WDG1C5000N-Firewire-External/dp/B000EXTXSI">My Book</a>.... I love it. Faily inexpensive, neat looking, holds a shit-ton.

<img src="http://www.gadgetgrid.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/western-digital-my-book-essential-edition-1-tb-external-hard-drive.jpg">

McCollum
08-31-2008, 02:00 PM
i recommend the Mybook as well.

Future Boy
08-31-2008, 02:13 PM
I've had seagate, western digital and maxtor. Maxtor crapped out after a few months, the other two are working ok for about two years now.

MstrGhost
08-31-2008, 02:52 PM
A WD Passport series. Way more expensive per GB, but much more portable and they don't need external power supply when coupled to a decent USB port.
If portability isn't a major concern, Mybooks will do it.

pale blue eyes
08-31-2008, 06:15 PM
Thanks for the recommendations. I'm not really looking to lug it back and forth, my PC is on its last legs and I just need something more reliable to save my stuff on.

Travis Meeks
08-31-2008, 06:19 PM
I bought an internal Seagate and it died four months later. Seagate tried to pawn off a refurbished drive but after holding for a half hour I got to speak with a mysterious "level 2" who approved a new drive (I shouldn't have been punished for their failure).

I opted to pay $20 for them to ship the replacement via 2-day air and oops! they forgot to ship it until I reminded them 4 days later. Still got charged 20 bucks.

Fuck them. I will not buy from them again. I don't think they are what they used to be....they did by Maxtor you know.

sickbadthing
08-31-2008, 07:22 PM
I have one of these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817173042

with a 500gb Seagate inside of it.

If you have an external drive and you use it a lot and it doesn't have a fan (like a Western Digital or the others...) you run the risk of the drive overheating and going tits up.

So the nice thing with that enclosure is that it'll do eSata and USB. It's heavy and bulky but I think it's worth it. You can also choose whatever brand drive you want for it so if you're like Meeks, you can get something non-Seagate.

D.
08-31-2008, 07:39 PM
I had a 250GB Western Digital MyBook, but soon ran out of space, so I got a 1TB and it's awesome.

Debaser
08-31-2008, 07:46 PM
I had 2 western digitals, 1 seagate and 1 maxtor over the years. I've only had one drive failure - it was one of the western digitals.

pale blue eyes
08-31-2008, 07:52 PM
I have one of these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817173042

with a 500gb Seagate inside of it.

If you have an external drive and you use it a lot and it doesn't have a fan (like a Western Digital or the others...) you run the risk of the drive overheating and going tits up.

So the nice thing with that enclosure is that it'll do eSata and USB. It's heavy and bulky but I think it's worth it. You can also choose whatever brand drive you want for it so if you're like Meeks, you can get something non-Seagate.

This is probably a stupid question but this fan just goes over whatever sort of cover the external HD has, right? One of those pictures has what looks like the inside of one in there, or is that just the inside of the fan? What I'm trying to say is you just take the external HD you buy and stick it in there and you don't have to do anything to the HD? I think the picture is just confusing me.

Travis Meeks
08-31-2008, 07:53 PM
Ropey, he did because he's flamingly gay, quit picking on him

D.
08-31-2008, 08:03 PM
also apparently if you're XHD crashes from overheating or something, put it in the freezer for a bit and it'll work at least enough for you to tranfer your stuff

waltermcphilp
08-31-2008, 08:09 PM
western digital is pretty choice.

i second buying it from newegg. very prompt and good with returns.

Debaser
08-31-2008, 08:18 PM
This is probably a stupid question but this fan just goes over whatever sort of cover the external HD has, right? One of those pictures has what looks like the inside of one in there, or is that just the inside of the fan? What I'm trying to say is you just take the external HD you buy and stick it in there and you don't have to do anything to the HD? I think the picture is just confusing me.

nah, that thing is the external case. you buy an internal sata hardrive and stick it in there.

pale blue eyes
08-31-2008, 08:32 PM
Oooooh. Gotcha.

Travis Meeks
08-31-2008, 08:33 PM
hmm, for some reason I thought you were Ropey back there. Darn stars threw me off.

duovamp
08-31-2008, 08:34 PM
I have one of these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817173042

with a 500gb Seagate inside of it.

If you have an external drive and you use it a lot and it doesn't have a fan (like a Western Digital or the others...) you run the risk of the drive overheating and going tits up.

So the nice thing with that enclosure is that it'll do eSata and USB. It's heavy and bulky but I think it's worth it. You can also choose whatever brand drive you want for it so if you're like Meeks, you can get something non-Seagate.

I was going to suggest this. Just get an internal and a case and bam.