Need external storage. Suggestions?

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  1. negative zero

    negative zero New Member

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    Not sure if it's better to buy an internal one and a case or just get an external one. Looking for ~500GB.

    How's this one?

    Seagate - FreeAgent Pro 500GB External Hard Drive

    Here's an internal one for about the same price but then I'd have to find an enclosure.
    Seagate - 500GB Internal Hard Drive

    What would be the perfomance difference between the two? The internal one says 16MB cache. External one doesn't list cache size??
     
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  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I've got the 750gb version of the FreeAgent Pro.

    It's great. Turns on with the computer and shuts off with it.

    I've got it connected with the eSata connector, so it's just as fast

    as an internal drive. Comes with Memeo's backup software, which I don't use.

    There's probably going to be a lot of Black Friday deals on hard drives this year.

    And I've seen that one for less, just on everyday sales.
     
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    I thought about BF deals but unless they're giving it away, I ain't going near a store the day after thanksgiving.
    I also want to use eSATA on my new DS4 so knowing my luck the BF deals will be for usb only drives.

    Now, if threr's decent online deals, thats another story. My 250GB isn't full yet but I keep deleting stuff every so often that I wouldn't mind keeping.

    How about the cache on your seagate? Does it say how much it has?
     
  4. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Those are the 16mb versions, ftw.

    And there will for sure be some online BF deals for hard drives.

    No guarantee what drives will be on sale though, but with the 1tb

    drives out, I think there will be some action in the 500-750 range.

    I got mine on sale for something like $180 shipped. I forget if it

    was maybe the Memorial day sale.
     
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    got home today and my raptor finally died. :wtc: It's been giving me vista errors the last few days.


    Would this work?
    Buy seagate external esata and install vista on it. It is still sata, does it matter that it's esata?
    When I get my rma'ed raptor can I just clone the vista image off of the 500 gb drive onto the 74gb raptor???

    I don't mind spending the $ now instead of waiting for BF.
     
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    Black Friday ads:

    Best Buy
    Western Digital 500GB 3.5" External Hard Drive $99.99
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    Circuit City
    Seagate 500GB External Hard Drive ($50 MIR) $79.99
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    Western Digital 1TB My Book Essental External USB Hard Drive ($50 MIR) $199.99
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    Office Max
    Seagate FreeAgent 500GB USB 2.0 Desktop Drive $99.99
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    If you were to buy a drive and case separate, might I suggest this one:

    AMS DS-2316SUESBK 3.5" USB 2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817332012

    I bought it and like it alot.. metal case, built in fan, usb/eSATA. Only down side is that you have to flip a switch in the back to turn it on and off, it doesnt do that on its own... not really anything bad, just only down side other than the price (bought mine for a bit less than newegg has it listed now).
     
  8. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Damn, that's a seriously sweet deal on the 500gb FreeAgent drive.

    $80 after rebate!

    Amazing.

    Doesn't say whether those are the pro drives or not, though.

    The pro drives have the eSata connector ftw.
     
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    Those are good deals but I don't think any have esata.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Well if those are prices for the regular FreeAgent, then the Pro version will probably be close behind in price = still a bargain.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I found a direct link for that Seagate deal. It's not the FreeAgent Pro, so it has the 8mb cache instead of the 16mb, and no eSata.

    I'm not positive, but I think all of the 750gb versions have the 16mb cache, but only the Pro line has the eSata connector.

    http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Seag...inkid=j13459594k39085&affiliateid=k39085&mid=


    That's still going to be a great deal on a 500gb drive though.

    The case is freaking beautiful in person.
     

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