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External hard drive recommendation needed.

I currently use Lacie D2 drives to back all my stuff, but the range of drives I normally use are now discontinued, so I'm looking for a suitable and reliable replacement - something around 500gb in capacity and with USB2 (or 3) connectivity.

I don't care what it looks like, so drives that have been 'designed' by people at Porsche or whoever can be ignored. If anyone could recommend a good quality drive at a reasonable price, it would be very much appreciated.

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Boyd Plus
11 11.2k 11 Wales
28 Apr 2012 6:07PM
How about a docking station and then you can bang in any internal HDDs you like?
Interesting idea, but it means having one extra component - i.e. the docking station and the HDD. I'd rather just have a standalone external drive.
By far the best external drives I've ever used (and I've sadly used a lot) are the Western Digital My Book range. In the past I've used a range of LACiE drives but every single one of them has failed at some point with the same failure (the USB to SATA interface fails) and now I won't touch LACiE. The My Books are just incredibly reliable, we use these at work where we have around 15 and none of them have failed and all going strong after 3 years very heavy use. The 3 I have at home are rock solid stable and nice and fast. A close second would be the Buffalo DriveStation. Another very good drive but I prefer the Western Digital's as I find them a bit faster to use. We use these at work but have only been using them for around 6 months so I can't comment on their reliability but have no reason to expect them to be bad.
28 Apr 2012 6:30PM
We just get whatever drives that come from a reputable maker and at a good price. There doesn't seem to be any such thing as a "reliable" HDD.

Many have come from LaCie, though I don't understand why it takes a designer like Porsche to come up with a simple rectangular box!
stevie Plus
11 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2012 6:33PM
I've a couple of WD MyBooks which have been going well for ages but recently converted to an external RAID which is a bit costly but gives more protection against loss in the case of failure - as the old saying goes there are only 2 types of HDD, 'broken' and 'about to break'.
28 Apr 2012 6:34PM
i agree with William, there is not such thing as a relaible HDD, well not one thats more reliable than the others. I generally get hdd company drives such as samsung, hitachi or western digital rather than the "portable drive companies" who will put in whatever physical drive into their caddy design.
29 Apr 2012 6:43AM
Note: all computer kit is redundant in 2 years!

get a network raid storage box like stora,

I use a stora mirrored raid 2Tb pair for most stuff and Amazon S3 for backup of stuff I would hate to lose!

buy yesterdays technology tomorrow and save!
29 Apr 2012 11:42AM
Thanks for your comments y'all.

I looked at the WD My Book 1tb drive on Amazon and its had very mixed reviews. 26x 5 star reviews and 22x 1 star reviews. I realise that you are goung to get a couple of 1 star reviews on any product, but 22 one star reviews out of 71 is pretty high.

See here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B002KPW5JM/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_1?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addOneStar
Niknut Plus
4 796 64 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2012 3:43PM
I've used WD 1tb external HD to back up all my stuff .......had it about 2 years, & cant fault it !!!! (60 from Amazon when I bought it )
NewDay Plus
3 15 1 England
29 Apr 2012 8:03PM
I've used the Freecom range of external drives for several drives after several failures with WD My Books. They too were bought on Amazon. They seen to run a lot cooler with the solid metal cases. Slightly more expensive than some brands but highly recommended and we have 12 now up to 2Tb and (touch wood!) not had a failure yet.
StrayCat Plus
10 15.6k 2 Canada
29 Apr 2012 8:41PM
I've had a 500gb WD My Book going for over 4 years with nary a blip.
StrayCat Plus
10 15.6k 2 Canada
29 Apr 2012 8:47PM
I lost a drive years ago because of dust, so ever since, I vacuum mine with a furniture brush attachment about every 2 weeks. The one I lost was internal, and in the days I smoked also.Tongue
1 May 2012 6:31AM
straycat; weird why smoke a hard drive?

you do know it makes them floppy?
1 May 2012 7:16AM

Quote:Straycat; weird why smoke a hard drive?

you do know it makes them floppy?

Not so weird , when I was employed, smoking was forbidden in the computer room Regarding external hard drives SAMSUNG comes with a program that tells you what files are saved.

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