Attentio Computer Geeks - Any Suggetions for External Hard Drives?

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by kundalini, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    My 300GB Seagate in nearing capacity and I'm not ready to dump the data. I am looking to get another external somewhere between 500GB and 1TB as a main backup storage and use the 300 as a workflow station.

    Any suggestions? WD - Seagate - other? I use to know the numbers that were important to be concerned with as far as performance and stuff went, but that was then and things change.

    Thanks
     
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    western digital or maxtor..
     
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    If you have a network I'd probably look at network attached storage maybe Maxtor does have a decent warranty.
     
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    I have a western digital my book 500g. Works fine. The free software it comes with sucks. If you buy it dump the software and download something decent offline. I ended up using Carbon Copy Cloner, works great and is free.
     
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    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Whatever you do, backup your stuff! Maan, last night I plugged in my 500GB external drive to organize my stuff and burn things to DVDs. Plugged it in, turned it on, DEAD. Nothing like losing 12,000 photos from this race season that I am still selling! Not to mention all the documents I have on there.

    But really, keep your stuff backed up just now learned that the hard way. I'm in for a couple 500gb drives and a 100 pack of DVDs now.
     
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    I have a Sumsung as my primary drive, and it's been working pretty good. Other than that, the only drives I trust are Western Digital.
     
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    If I had it to do over again (which I will someday) I would go with the Western Digital My Book World Book II in at least a 1 TB size. The 1TB is comprised of two 500 gig hard drive in the external case and can be run in a raid configuration with one doing instantanious backups of the other. It is also network compatible. They are pricey but to me better safe than sorry.
     
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    That really is too bad, sorry to hear. This just might help, let us know.
    Good luck :)

    http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7591_102-0.html?forumID=26&threadID=245494&messageID=2473939
     
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    Alright, I know you're trying to be helpful... but why would you recommend this to someone right off the bat? What I'm thinking is that this is a really stupid idea, and I'm betting he would rather consult a professional to try and restore his thousands of valuable photos before using this last resort. I'm not saying it doesn't work... just that this isn't something you want to try first.

    And could anyone tell me the average life-expectancy of an external hard drive such as this, or at least how long their's has lasted in the past? Situations like the above story really turn me off.
     
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    what ever you do ... DON'T cheap out on the DVD-Rs!!!!

    beter yet... burn a bunch of good quality CD-Rs.
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Several mentions of Western Digital and a couple ofor Maxtor. (BTW, forgot to mention that I also have 160GB Maxtor. It is an internal that I bought a case for. I only keep porn on that one. lol)

    I've not been overly impressed with some of the reviews of the WD MyBook 1TB.
     

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