Buying a New Hard Drive

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  1. daaarn

    daaarn New Member

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    basically, my laptop's HD is just about filled so i'm looking for an external HD i can use with it. i'm looking for a HD with a capacity of 500gb (i have stuff from my old desktop that i will also be storing) but i dont know what to get so i'm hoping y'all can help with some of my questions:

    1. what's the most reliable HD brand out there now?

    2. is it generally better/cheaper to buy a packaged HD+enclosure or just get an internal HD and a generic enclosure separately?

    3. what are some places i can get the aforementioned for relatively cheap (everything for <$150)?
     
  2. copeland

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    comstar 500 gb...external housing and they use Seagate barracudas...
     
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    I'd look at the Western Digital enclosures.
     
  4. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    In the spirit of not doing the same work twice (or three times, as the case may be):

    Make sure when you get your drive, to pull all the shit off your internal drive. Programs have to stay, obviously, but get your homework and your movies and your porn collection out of the way, and then defrag your internal hard drive. You'd be amazed how much a clogged hard drive will slow down your machine.
     
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    Seagate. Forget generic enclosures, they don't have the necessary built in shock protection.
     
  6. daaarn

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    thanks for all the advice guys. i checked the thread in the morning b4 i left and got a 500gb seagate at best buy during lunch for $100 and i actually found an old enclosure at home. i just set everything up and am now transferring all my files (150gb+). as expected, it's taking awhile, as i am moving files chunks at a time instead of all at once. i'm guessing in my case there's not much alternative to copy/pasting everything.
     

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