External Hard Drives

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  1. thahamer

    thahamer New Member

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    I want to get an external hardrive, It seems the ebst method would be to buy a normal HD, and put it in a case. How hard is this method? IM pretty good with computers so IM sure It would be pretty basic.

    I think i want to use this harddrive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822154414

    Where can I get the case? Does ti matter which brand case I use?
     
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    Hmm Im not sure why that HD is so cheap but someone has posted that "Not able to be used as a primary windows drive. Backup drive only!!!... " Will this make itunusable for what I want to do?
     
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    Sounds like he doesn't know how to work with SATA drives.
     
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    Either way.. the second one I posted seems like a better deal, As long as Outpost.com is an easy site to work with
     
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    It depends on how portable you want the external HD to be. If you're just going to use it at home, and move it around every now and then, buying an external enclosure will work fine.

    However, if you're going to be moving it a lot, especially on trips, etc, I highly recommend buying one from someone like western digital. My 160gb external has been with me for about 2 years now, and has survived plenty of turbulence while shoved in a duffel bag with a laptop and other junk, plus falls off of desks onto tile floors, off of counters, etcetcetc.


    As for hard drive "cases", http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...Ntk=all&N=0&minPrice=&maxPrice=&Go.x=0&Go.y=0
     
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    I need someone to bring to college with me, while there it will mostly jsut sit in my room but i wil have to bring it back and forth to home a few times a year
     
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    Bad advice, bro... You only get 1 year warranty with that. Seagate gives you 5-year warranty.
     
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    Get a seagate PATA drive. Teh first link you posted wont work. The one from outpost will. As long as it's SEAGATE and PATA, you're doing fine. Then go get an external case from newegg or another retailer. I have had good experience with Kingwin. Make sure it is an ALUMINUM case. More robust.

    I have several of these, and they're great:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817146306
     
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    Seagate only gives 1 year warranties on their externals.
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=101494


    Edit: Unless you're saying in general with externals.

    For me, the data stored on it is worth much more than the price of the actual drive. I'm much more comfortable using an enclosure that's built and tested to be as shock resistant and durable as possible - Which is why I prefaced that advice with the "If you travel" bit.
     
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    Yea, realized he might have meant that afterwords. Warranties, however, don't replace lost data.
     
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    true, but that's another reason to go with seagate -- lowest failure rate in the industry.
     
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    good choice.
     
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    ^ I agree. Good parts, good pricing. Well done.
     
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    I figure 130 or so total is really worth it imo. To get a 300 gig external would have cost MUCh more. I saved a lot of money this way.
     

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