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Storage Recommend me an external hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by pimonserry, 17 Nov 2010.

  1. pimonserry

    pimonserry sounds like a party.

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    I've just moved to Uni, and left the 2.5TB desktop at home (with its crap internet connection) so can't store stuff on that, so I'm looking for something 500GB+ for my parents to buy me for Christmas.

    2.5inch, so I can power it off USB 2.0 preferably.

    Anyone have a really awesome one that they'd recommend? Or do I just grab the cheapest? I'm not after backup software, just storage space.
     
  2. Sketchee

    Sketchee Suddenly, looters! Hundreds of 'em!

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    grab the cheapest!
     
  3. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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    2.5" 500 GB or bigger external hd, hmmm, would this meet your requirements ?
     
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  4. pimonserry

    pimonserry sounds like a party.

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    True, I have no(t much) money, but I'll do my best to persuade my parents to buy it for me for Christmas.


    Thanks for the recommendation :thumb:

    Anyone have any idea why this one is so cheap?
     
  5. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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    it'l be a cheap drive inside, maybe someone with enough dosh could buy both and speed test them, and generally thrash them for reliability
     
  6. Sketchee

    Sketchee Suddenly, looters! Hundreds of 'em!

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    Work gave me this about 3 years ago. Used it heavily and never had a problem with it.. infact it has performed admirably.
     
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  7. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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    the only problem with that is it requires a power adaptor, which the op would prefer 2.5" with power via usb
     
  8. yakyb

    yakyb i hate the person above me

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    i bought an external case and stuck a normal drive in it probably the cheapest way to go about it
     
  9. Sketchee

    Sketchee Suddenly, looters! Hundreds of 'em!

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    doh! true that :wallbash:

    yea external power is a bit of a pain..
     
  10. spikeh

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    Buy the cheapest £/GB drive you find, or buy a drive and an enclosure separately and build one yourself.
     
  11. TheBlackSwordsMan

    TheBlackSwordsMan Far over the misty mountains cold

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    LaCie Rugged is a good one.
     
  12. LetsDoDamage

    LetsDoDamage New Member

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    I've heard a lot of good things about Western Digital external drives, like the Passport ones. I believe they just released USB 3.0 versions of the Passport series which is a few quid more but is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
     
  13. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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    not always a good plan, buy cheap buy twice sometimes
     
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  15. pimonserry

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    I suspect I'll go for one of those Western Digitals, they're quite cheap and seem pretty decent. Cheers for the help everyone!

    Btw Gingerfox - it's cheaper on pixmania.co.uk
     
  16. GingerFox

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    All the same company so all is good in my eyes:)
     
  17. spikeh

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    Maybe in other components, but with hard drives - especially ones destined just to store data - I would always buy whatever's cheapest. Each brand are all as likely as each other to fail, it's plain bad luck whether you get one off a bad line. If you really care for certain data, back them up to other mediums. :)

    Enjoy your purchase pimonserry.
     

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