best external hard drive?

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  1. iSaint

    iSaint New Member

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    I'm not an expert with knowing what I should look for.
    I'm not looking for massive space for memory like 1.5 TB
    I'm looking for around 500gb, but if the price is right and the product is considered good then I'll reconsider.

    but does anybody have or know of a reputable external hard drive?
    we (as in my family) has a 200gb Seagate, and it hasn't failed once so I'm probably leaning towards that company as of now.

    any suggestions of advice would be appreciated!
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    Western Digital. Quite cheap if you ask me.
  3. iSaint

    iSaint New Member

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    price is a luxury, how does it run?

    I know there isn't much that an external hard drive needs to do in order to be used, but have you ever experienced crashes or some type of dissatisfaction with their products?
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    WD makes lots of nice drives. I own one of their internas as well as an external, my dad also has several of their MyBook externals. They work great and i have never has a problem.

    What i would recommend is a MyPassport. I got my 500gb Passport in December, for about $150(USD). I think its come down in price since then. What makes the passport really nice is its portability. It is powered through USB so no need for an extra power supply. They cost a bit more then the normal desktop externals, but its well worth it for the ability to unplug it and take it on the go.
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    i got my WD mybook home-edition 1T HD for 150$, though that might've been a black friday sale, i'm not sure
    either way, it works great
    haven't had any problems at all, even though i'm on a mac
    they look nice too, compared to other HD's anyways
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    tthanks for the replies.

    how efficient will these hard drives run on USB ports less than 2.0 speed?
    my computer isn't the best -_-
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    Agreed, get a Western Digital drive. Top quality and good price. I wouldn't want to run it on anything less than USB 2.0 though and better to use a faster data transfer method such as firewire or other if you can. A normal USB will have you drive spinning for too long and won't be good for the lifespan.

    Note: if you are on Windows, remember to eject your drives before disconnecting to avoid data corruption and try and only have it turned on when you need it.
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    damn, okay thanks. I'll need to get an upgrade to 2.0 USB ports. Shouldn't be THAT expensive right?

    question though. My other computer has the 2.0 ports, but it also has a virus. Would I be better of buying a brand new one? Or is it impossible for it to get infected because it doesn't have memory.
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    My favorite are the Passport drives

    Self powered, very important.

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