Old 08-08-2011, 01:18 AM   #1
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Default Externam HD?

It's almost crunch time. I'm just a few really good day trpis away from absolutely needing another external hard drive. What are you guys using now?
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:19 AM   #2
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I think I actual want an external hard drive, just so you guys know....
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:00 AM   #3
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I use a Seagate GoFlex 2TB external USB drive. Have had no issues. I actually keep 2 copies of everything. One on an internal 2TB drive and one on the external.

No complaints.
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I'm personally using a 1 terabyte hard drive from Seagate. I have no complaints with it.
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I keep buying 500gb seagates because they are extremely cheap, and reliable.

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Current equivalent to what I use is this

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Portab.../ref=pd_cp_e_1
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I just keep my slides in metal storage boxes...
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:26 AM   #8
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Western Digital "My Book" external HD's. Recently picked up a 3TB unit and have 5 older ones which range from 500gb to 2TB each. Also have a small WD "My Passport" 500GB drive that I took along on a recent trip to Arizona. Very reliable and quite fairly priced at Best Buy. Storage is cheap and you can never have too many backup copies.

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Old 08-08-2011, 05:09 AM   #9
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I have one Seagate 500 GB from 2 years ago that has been working well, im sure its no longer made, its quite bulky compared to most modern ones. I just bought a Western Digital mybook 2tb, has been performing well for the last few weeks though the External HD is only on when it is being used. Downside to the Mybooks though is that they dont have any backup software, anyone have any recommendations on free backup software?
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My MD thought that I might have Externam HD, but he put me on a low sugar diet and it went away - so he thinks it was just a glucose spike caused by stress.
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I have a bunch of My Book drives - initially 500 GB, but since moved on to two identical Western Digital My Book 2 TB USB 3.0 externals or as they say in the South, externan HD's.

They are lightning fast and you can purchase one with a USB 3.0 card.

My only issue with them is the connection on the rear is a bit flimsy but I do not often if ever move the drives. I back one regularly and the other every few weeks.

J - and others, I've often been tempted to try one of those small hand held mini drives. They look "cool", and would be easier to transport, as well as take up less space on my desk BUT - I ask myself... what are they giving up when they use a smaller package? Perhaps they are not as reliable, a scary thought? If they are just as reliable, why would anyone use the bigger externam drives?

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J - and others, I've often been tempted to try one of those small hand held mini drives. They look "cool", and would be easier to transport, as well as take up less space on my desk BUT - I ask myself... what are they giving up when they use a smaller package? Perhaps they are not as reliable, a scary thought? If they are just as reliable, why would anyone use the bigger externam drives?

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Sorry, not being an industry specialist, I don't know the failure rates. All I know is that mine is fine. As are my older drives. BTW, one advantage is that they take power through the USB - do the bigger ones still use external power? Anyway, I can't think of a reason why to use the behemoths; happy to learn something new.

BTW, we also use the small ones at work for "mission critical" stuff. Of course, the person who selected those drives - me - is not an IT expert.

This reminds me, need to do my secondary backups today.

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Hi J,

Yes, the Western Digital "My Book" externals are USB 2.0 devices, but they get their power from dedicated, plug-in power supply.

I am assuming that the application for which Joe is seeking an external USB drive is a back-up application, vs primary storage. For primary, I use a Western Digital, Caviar Black, SATA internal. It is a separate drive from my system drive and is lightning fast. For back-ups, I use two methods. I back everything up on Western Digital "My Books". I only run them when I am doing back-ups, so the wear and tear on the bearings and heads is very minimal. I also back up my Lightroom collections (just the keepers vs. everything) on CDs.

Ensuring the survival of digital images is definitely a challenge, but then so is finding safe places for boxes and boxes of slides, negatives and prints.
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Appreciate the comments, guys. I've got a Seagate 1.5 TB coming my way this week.
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Western Digital is the way to go. The My Book use to be good now they suck. They have a software package built into them. Get the Elements version and you will be good. Maxtor is known for failures. Check amazon reviews.

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Western Digital is the way to go. The My Book use to be good now they suck. They have a software package built into them. Get the Elements version and you will be good. Maxtor is known for failures. Check amazon reviews.

http://www.dewitzphotography.com/hard-drive-surprise/
I have 4 My Books and never had any problems with any, including the two newer USB 3.0 drives. I bought 1 Western Digital Element externam drive and had problems from day one with random corrupted files. Makes a nice paperweight.

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Seagate is better than western digital. WD drives had huge failure rates a while back and I dont know if they fixed it yet.
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I have 4 My Books and never had any problems with any, including the two newer USB 3.0 drives. I bought 1 Western Digital Element externam drive and had problems from day one with random corrupted files. Makes a nice paperweight.

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I have 5 My Books and the last one has the software that you need to disable. From my understanding, the Element is a My Book without the software. I don't know though?
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I have 5 My Books and the last one has the software that you need to disable. From my understanding, the Element is a My Book without the software. I don't know though?
I heard about that and figured I was going to need to format the MyBook drive when I got it, but it was good to go.

Thought it was odd that the Element drive was void of ventilation.

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Elements may be solid state. I'm to lazy to figure out how to use google right now.
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Elements may be solid state. I'm to lazy to figure out how to use google right now.
Since I've also got an Elements, maybe two, it can't be the high end technology, it must be cheap.
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