Please recommend a good external HD :x:

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  1. IStandalone

    IStandalone EssentialDucati

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    I need to back up MP3's/pics/vid's and the like... should I get more than I need (GB wise?) Looking for something in the 250GB+ range and I know nothing of which company is better (i've heard different things from different people). Help please:x:
     
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    be smart and do the following:
    go on ebay and buy a case that you like (usb2...or firewire if you have it)
    goto outpost.com frequently and check to see when they have hard drive specials.
    plug the hard drive into the case and smile because you saved money
    i highly recommend seagate hard drives over anything else. they come with a 5 year warranty. the next closest thing is a hitachi drive, with a 3 year warranty.
     
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    i didnt put much effort into finding those two products :o

    do a little research and make sure you get something you really want/need
     
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    idunno why but i got a friend who tried to do what u did (bought a basic internal HD to save money), being the smart cocky guy that he is (as in "mr. i know everything"), when he tried to connect to the comp, the thing pretty much didn't work (comp wouldn't recognize it)...so long story short, he gave up trying to make it work and ended up returning the crap that he bought and got a basic cheap EXTERNAL HD, like me :wiggle:

    btw...i got this brand call "buffalo" (its been 3 1/2 yrs since i got it and still workin PERFECTLY)
     
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    That case asian_idiot suggested looks almost exactly like the penguin gear ones I get. Probably the same manufacturer, just different people slapping lables on it.

    Your buddy prolly couldn't get his to work because he didn't know how to initialize and format it once it was built.

    Go here:
    http://www.oneforthelittleguy.com/2006/04/04/build-your-own-external-usb-hard-drive/
    For step by step. Pics and screenies and gramma proof instructions.

    It'll cut your cost in half to build your own.
     
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    half?

    show me how you can buy a 250g hard drive and the enclosure for less than $75
     
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    definitely go the enclosure/internal hdd route.
     
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    link me to the $75 250gb external. i want it lol
     
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    *he* said he could build it for half price.

    I found three 250g external drive systems for $130-$150.

    I want to know where he's finding a 250g drive *and* an enclosure (usually about $25 alone) for half of that, so $65-$75.

    :confused:


    I just get a little tired of the knee-jerk "you can build that for less" reaction, when most of the time it's not true.
     
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    :werd:...and it saves u from all the trouble
     
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    some people build their own computers cause it's "cheaper" but then they end up spending more. funny aint it?
     
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    Usually you *CAN* build it for less. Maybe not half, but definitely less. Most people spend the same/more as a pre-built because they get BETTER products.

    All the do-it-yourself external HDDs using a good hard drive (seagate, western digital, etc) are going to have a MINIMUM 3 year warranty... Seagate has a 5 year. The pre-fab external kits are almost exclusively 1 year. And the do-it-yourself kits are still cheaper, even. Again, not half... But cheaper and better warranty.
     
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    i think you should've said this in your other post :o
     
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    $150 for an external 250GB HD?

    I'll give. I can't build one for $75 US.

    Or, actually, I could. If I wanted to use a cheapo HD and Caddy from some no-name asian drop-shipper.

    Compare apples to apples buddy. That $150 external HD will contain a low quality hard drive, that'll be noisier, have a higher latency, smaller cache, lower throughput (which might seem irrelevant for a USB drive - what's the point of a high throughput if it's just gonna get choked by the USB bottleneck? Well, maybe one day you're gonna want to swap that drive out and jam it internally, and then it really matters).

    Does that $150 HD have a 5 year rated lifespan, with a 3-5 year warranty?

    Again. Compare apples to apples. Not apples to lemons. Spec for spec, a good quality external HD, with decent specs, quiet operation, good warranty coverage, good lifespan rating, large cache, low latency, high throughput....

    Building it yourself will cost about half as much (ok, maybe 60-65%). And you'll end up with far more options down the road, in terms of being able to swap out the internals.

    Factor in equipment longevity and upgradeability into that cost, and performance stability over a 5 year span, and your overall cost of ownership will actually drop well below 50%.

    Mind, if you wanna trust your data to no-name parts from some EBay dropshipper, that's your choice.

    So if it's a choice between getting a pre-built $150 hard drive with low quality parts, or building one myself with higher quality parts for $100-$125, what do you think I'm going to do?

    Keep in mind, I value my data.
     
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    i built my external drive with a 200 gig seagate drive for $60 after rebate (outpost.com) + $22 for the case (ebay)
    $82 total for an external 200 gig hard drive with a 5 year warranty is about as cheap and good as you will get
     
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    also, outpost is selling this:
    Buffalo 250GB HD-HB250U2 DriveStation USB 2.0
    $70 after mail in rebate free shipping
    http://shop3.outpost.com/product/4194093

    these deals only seem to last long though...so get your hands on it while you can
     
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    You are paying for what you get and 70 bucks is pretty cheap so I think it is garbage just my 2cents I have never heard of Buffalo before.
     
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    oh the ironing :rofl:

    $70 is inexpensive so it must be cheap....... but you've never heard of buffalo........ but you know it must be cheap because it's only $70 :rofl::rofl:


    Buffalo makes an excellent product.
     
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    Two words

    "Western Digital"
     
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    three more words:

    "not so good"
     

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