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Old 01-16-2010, 01:51 PM   #1
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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?
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I have always had good experience with WD, and terrible with Seagate and everything else.
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Try this one....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136505
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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.
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Old 01-16-2010, 02:02 PM   #5
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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
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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.
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What will you primarily use it for?
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What will you primarily use it for?
Nothing heavy, just storage of music files is all
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Lacie external with Hitachi drives are the best.
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I have seagate its very good so far.
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Old 01-16-2010, 02:43 PM   #11
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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.
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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.
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Thanks for all the advice thus far guys.....keep them coming!
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http://www.amazon.com/Iomega-Prestig...682299&sr=1-12

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Old 01-16-2010, 02:53 PM   #15
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Western digital is good, bought a 180 from Circuitcity for $60.00 bucks when they were closing down.

http://www.circuitcity.com/applicati...5661&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/applicati...4084&CatId=136
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How much is a decent one going to run?
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I think I paid $115...
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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/applicati...2&Sku=I21-6236

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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?
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID
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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.
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Old 01-16-2010, 04:20 PM   #22
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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.
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Old 01-16-2010, 05:10 PM   #23
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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.
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Old 01-16-2010, 05:30 PM   #24
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Without a doubt...

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-FreeAg.../dp/B001FWCDQG

It's an absolutly awesome product, and at a nice price too for what you're getting.
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I have 3 of them(2 1TBs and 1 700GB) and I gotta tell you, there's really not much difference between them.
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