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Hogan11
01-16-2010, 01:51 PM
If you have one and can recommend it, lemme know.

Was looking @ a 1 TB Western Digital, but the reviews have been less than stellar to say the least....so now, I turn to all of you, whaddya say?

atomicbloke
01-16-2010, 01:54 PM
I have always had good experience with WD, and terrible with Seagate and everything else.

atomicbloke
01-16-2010, 01:55 PM
Try this one....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136505

Blueflame
01-16-2010, 02:01 PM
If you have one and can recommend it, lemme know.

Was looking @ a 1 TB Western Digital, but the reviews have been less than stellar to say the least....so now, I turn to all of you, whaddya say?

I bought a Western Digital 1 TB My Book last August and have had no problems with it.

Hogan11
01-16-2010, 02:02 PM
Try this one....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136505

A lot of the complaints that I read on them centered around it dying soon after purchase and reformatting issues....it's kinda scaring me off from them

Blueflame
01-16-2010, 02:04 PM
A lot of the complaints that I read on them centered around it dying soon after purchase and reformatting issues....it's kinda scaring me off from them

I haven't experienced any problems with mine... found a pretty good deal on it on ebay. :)

atomicbloke
01-16-2010, 02:05 PM
What will you primarily use it for?

Hogan11
01-16-2010, 02:07 PM
What will you primarily use it for?

Nothing heavy, just storage of music files is all

slatimer
01-16-2010, 02:20 PM
Lacie external with Hitachi drives are the best.

broncoblue
01-16-2010, 02:28 PM
I have seagate its very good so far.

Popps
01-16-2010, 02:43 PM
I've been carrying a few Lacie 500G firewire for working project drives. Seem sturdy, and no extra power needed. They probably make a USB version, as well.

atomicbloke
01-16-2010, 02:49 PM
Nothing heavy, just storage of music files is all

Well hard drives by design are the most likely component of of your computing system to fail. No manufacturer can claim that their HDs are 100% reliable.

If you are really in to this stuff, you might create a RAID configuration with your HDs.

Or else just go with a 500 GB or 1 TB WD, back up your music and you should be good.

Get an USB interface if you will use it with a laptop, but for use with a desktop I prefer eSATA.

WD's midnight black is decent.

Hogan11
01-16-2010, 02:52 PM
Thanks for all the advice thus far guys.....keep them coming!

High Country Broncos Fan
01-16-2010, 02:53 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Iomega-Prestige-Portable-External-34342/dp/B001DCELO0/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=pc&qid=1263682299&sr=1-12

or

http://www.amazon.com/Iomega-Prestige-Desktop-External-34474/dp/B001M0004S/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=pc&qid=1263682299&sr=1-8

Los Broncos
01-16-2010, 02:53 PM
Western digital is good, bought a 180 from Circuitcity for $60.00 bucks when they were closing down.

http://www.circuitcity.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5255661&CatId=136

Same as this only smaller or course.

I would recommend it Hogan, no problems at all.

Here is the 1TB http://www.circuitcity.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5404084&CatId=136

Sassy
01-16-2010, 02:54 PM
How much is a decent one going to run?

Blueflame
01-16-2010, 02:57 PM
How much is a decent one going to run?

I think I paid $115...

Los Broncos
01-16-2010, 02:59 PM
How much is a decent one going to run?

About 80-90 bucks if you look around.

Tigerdirect.com is a good place to look.

Not a WD but still OK.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4622462&Sku=I21-6236

broncoblue
01-16-2010, 03:14 PM
Well hard drives by design are the most likely component of of your computing system to fail. No manufacturer can claim that their HDs are 100% reliable.

If you are really in to this stuff, you might create a RAID configuration with your HDs.

Or else just go with a 500 GB or 1 TB WD, back up your music and you should be good.

Get an USB interface if you will use it with a laptop, but for use with a desktop I prefer eSATA.

WD's midnight black is decent.

raid??? whats that?

atomicbloke
01-16-2010, 03:45 PM
raid??? whats that?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID

ghwk
01-16-2010, 04:05 PM
I've had a WD 500 gig FreeAgent for 2 years now and it's still running fine BUT I use it for backup purposes only. I did just pick up a WD Caviar Black 640 gig internal drive for about 75 bucks though. The install was easy.

Sir_Robin
01-16-2010, 04:20 PM
I have always had good experience with WD, and terrible with Seagate and everything else.

That's funny, my experience is the exact opposite. I've got some seagate drives approaching 10 years old that still work well. I've only experienced two complete hard drive failures and they were both WD.

s0phr0syne
01-16-2010, 05:10 PM
Depending on how portable you want it to be, I would strongly consider getting one that doesn't require the external power supply. I haven't looked through a lot of the recommendations that people have been posting, but in my experience, the utility of the drive and the ease of quick use rapidly plummet when you have to find a power outlet at inopportune times.

However, maybe that's no longer an issue when purchasing external HD's, but a couple of years ago when I got mine it still was. Of course, if you don't envision lots of people asking to borrow it or using it to get a lot of files from other people, then it sounds like you could fare pretty well with a large capacity external HD that has a the requirement of a power supply. They tend(ed) to be cheaper anyway.

UberBroncoMan
01-16-2010, 05:30 PM
Without a doubt...

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-FreeAgent-Portable-External-ST905003FGA2E1-RK/dp/B001FWCDQG

It's an absolutly awesome product, and at a nice price too for what you're getting.

Killericon
01-16-2010, 05:32 PM
I have 3 of them(2 1TBs and 1 700GB) and I gotta tell you, there's really not much difference between them.

Dr. Broncenstein
01-16-2010, 05:42 PM
Depends on what you are trying to do with the drive. I have several Seagate Free Agent Pro's -- the reason being they interface with eSATA. If you are using just USB or Firewire, your bandwith is going to be significantly limited. eSATA is just an external connection for normal hard disk interface -- which is 3.0 Gbps. USB is something like 480mbs. You obviously have to have an eSATA out on your computer, or make one with either an add-in card or simple external bracket. The free agent pros have USB and Firewire capability too...

ZONA
01-16-2010, 05:50 PM
Depends on what you are trying to do with the drive. I have several Seagate Free Agent Pro's -- the reason being they interface with eSATA. If you are using just USB or Firewire, your bandwith is going to be significantly limited. eSATA is just an external connection for normal hard disk interface -- which is 3.0 Gbps. USB is something like 480mbs. You obviously have to have an eSATA out on your computer, or make one with either an add-in card or simple external bracket. The free agent pros have USB and Firewire capability too...

Yup, if you buy just a USB only external drive these days, you are wasting your money. eSATA is where it's at, blazing transfer speeds compared to USB 2 and even Firewire.

Just check out the difference on the chart.

http://media.bestofmicro.com/V/T/178697/original/storage-transfer-write.png

Hogan11
01-16-2010, 05:56 PM
I should've stated this in the OP, but here's the thing: I have a segregated hard drive. I got an Ipod Nano for Christmas and have been loading it up ever since. The drive I set aside for iTunes is about full. That's all I really want it for...an external hard drive I can store that stuff on.

Not being an IT guy or anything, I'm at a bit of a loss....I'm thankful for all the responses thus far...please keep them coming guys!

ZONA
01-16-2010, 05:58 PM
And you can say goodbye to the little USB drives that everybody loves so much. The esata thumb drives are just way too fast for USB. Got to get me one very soon.


http://xtreview.com/images/ocz%20throttle%20Esata%20drive.jpg

ZONA
01-16-2010, 06:02 PM
I should've stated this in the OP, but here's the thing: I have a segregated hard drive. I got an Ipod Nano for Christmas and have been loading it up ever since. The drive I set aside for iTunes is about full. That's all I really want it for...an external hard drive I can store that stuff on.

Not being an IT guy or anything, I'm at a bit of a loss....I'm thankful for all the responses thus far...please keep them coming guys!

Well if all your music is iTunes then it might be the case that it's backed up on their servers and you can retrieve it anytime you need it. Not sure, I don't have or use iTunes. But if you have your music on your PC, you really really should think about having it on 2 different drives. I have 140GB of MP3's and almost learned the hard way you need to be safe and have it stored in 2 locations for safety. I put all my music on an external drive a few years ago and right after I did that, a few weeks later, my internal just quit. No file could be retrieved. Seriously, keep your most important files in 2 different locations (not just partition, but totally seperate drives).

Hogan11
01-16-2010, 06:07 PM
Well if all your music is iTunes then it might be the case that it's backed up on their servers and you can retrieve it anytime you need it. Not sure, I don't have or use iTunes. But if you have your music on your PC, you really really should think about having it on 2 different drives. I have 140GB of MP3's and almost learned the hard way you need to be safe and have it stored in 2 locations for safety. I put all my music on an external drive a few years ago and right after I did that, a few weeks later, my internal just quit. No file could be retrieved. Seriously, keep your most important files in 2 different locations (not just partition, but totally seperate drives).

Nah, been loading the music on the iPod from my CD's thru iTunes. I haven't got anything exclusively from iTunes at all yet. If I lost them, it would be a pain in the ass yes, but the loss wouldn't impact the collection at all.

broncosteven
01-16-2010, 07:46 PM
I should've stated this in the OP, but here's the thing: I have a segregated hard drive. I got an Ipod Nano for Christmas and have been loading it up ever since. The drive I set aside for iTunes is about full. That's all I really want it for...an external hard drive I can store that stuff on.

Not being an IT guy or anything, I'm at a bit of a loss....I'm thankful for all the responses thus far...please keep them coming guys!

Get the biggest cheapest somnabitch you can find, preferalbly on sale.

You don't need to worry about putting a RAID 5/10 stripe or buy expensive Firewire for a freaking HD for Itunes files.

The one thing I would recommend that would be more important than speed is having the Data in TWO places, BACK IT UP! Maybe buy 2 of the biggest cheapest Somnabitches you can find...preferably on sale.

Oh and after you get it disconnect the external drive if you are not going to use it for awhile.

broncosteven
01-16-2010, 07:48 PM
...But if you have your music on your PC, you really really should think about having it on 2 different drives. I have 140GB of MP3's and almost learned the hard way you need to be safe and have it stored in 2 locations for safety. I put all my music on an external drive a few years ago and right after I did that, a few weeks later, my internal just quit. No file could be retrieved. Seriously, keep your most important files in 2 different locations (not just partition, but totally seperate drives).

I think this is more of a priority, get 2 of the Cheapest Biggest somanbitches you can find.

SureShot
01-17-2010, 02:14 AM
I have a WD TB with 600+ gigs of music and no complaints so far.

BroncoBuff
01-17-2010, 02:35 AM
Iomega Zip drive ... they rock!


http://demo.smartwin.net/CyberMall/images/Zip100ex.jpg

atomicbloke
01-17-2010, 02:37 AM
Iomega Zip drive ... they rock!


http://demo.smartwin.net/CyberMall/images/Zip100ex.jpg

Which museum did you buy that from?

BroncoBuff
01-17-2010, 02:40 AM
LOL

I had one of those 10 years ago.

They actually still use them for some digital multi-track recording devices.

Bronco_Beerslug
01-17-2010, 05:23 AM
Go to Newegg Hogan and sort them by ratings (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010150414%20131021336&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&Order=RATING) or Amazon and read through the ratings. I bought a 1 Terabyte (off brand) USB drive 3.5 years ago and it's still going good.

broncosteven
01-17-2010, 10:00 AM
Iomega Zip drive ... they rock!


http://demo.smartwin.net/CyberMall/images/Zip100ex.jpg

I am doing some Server/PC/Network work for a CPA tax guy, they have one of these under one of the desks. I didn't check if it worked.

This same guy brought me a box of 5 1/2" floppies and asked if he should throw them out.

I said yes.

broncosteven
01-17-2010, 10:03 AM
LOL

I had one of those 10 years ago.

They actually still use them for some digital multi-track recording devices.

Not for any Digital Devices I know of, sure you don't have this confused with the DAT tapes?

The Iomegas are still in big demand for older Kurzweil Samplers, K2500, K2600.
My new Kurzweil PC3 has a slot for a 256m SD card.

Los Broncos
01-17-2010, 10:26 AM
Iomega Zip drive ... they rock!


http://demo.smartwin.net/CyberMall/images/Zip100ex.jpg

Wow, I remember those things, I hope you upgraded Buff.

Dr. Broncenstein
01-17-2010, 12:06 PM
I can vividly remember when the 100mb zip drives came out, and were all the rage. Finally, a portable solution for larger files! Iomgea rode that horse right into the ground.... those 250meg disks came out after CD burners were household items and blanks were 2 bits a piece. Good times.

BroncoBuff
01-18-2010, 01:58 AM
Not for any Digital Devices I know of, sure you don't have this confused with the DAT tapes?

The Iomegas are still in big demand for older Kurzweil Samplers, K2500, K2600.
My new Kurzweil PC3 has a slot for a 256m SD card.

You tryin' to big-time me?

Boss BR-8. Decent unit:

http://images03.olx.pt/ui/1/08/08/7160008_1.jpg

BroncoBuff
01-18-2010, 02:09 AM
I realize any product as old as this offends your sensibilities steven, but not all of us are professionals. Not anymore anyway.

Hey, I'm looking at this, whadd'ya think: http://cgi.ebay.com/Roland-VS-880EX-Multi-track-recorder_W0QQitemZ160395370621QQcmdZViewItemQQptZL H_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item25584f207d

Pretty cheap.... no HDD, but there must be some way to hook up an external HDD ... ?

Drek
01-18-2010, 02:51 AM
I should've stated this in the OP, but here's the thing: I have a segregated hard drive. I got an Ipod Nano for Christmas and have been loading it up ever since. The drive I set aside for iTunes is about full. That's all I really want it for...an external hard drive I can store that stuff on.

Not being an IT guy or anything, I'm at a bit of a loss....I'm thankful for all the responses thus far...please keep them coming guys!

Do you have multiple computers in the home and/or a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360?

If so I would recommend a network capable device. I have an iomega home media drive (1TB) that plugs directly into my router (ethernet cable) and can be shared across all other devices.

I have since moved all of my music onto the drive and every system on it (two laptops, a desktop, PS3, 360, and OG Xbox with XBMC) can see and access the drive for any music. I've done the same with all of my movies and shows as well. I could even open it up so I could access it online from work or when I travel, but I don't feel like adding the extra security concern.

Mr. Elway
01-18-2010, 07:50 AM
I bought one of the new Western Digital USB drives and it lasted all of 3 months. I should have stuck with Seagate and Maxtor, they have been among the most reliable for years.

WolfpackGuy
01-18-2010, 08:00 AM
I've got a Fantom drive that's pretty good if you're just doing backups.

Cons are the required external power cable and the size.

Pros are price, ruggedness, and speed.