whats the diff between these two WD External HDs?

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  1. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    The MyBook is WDs current line, Ive never seen that first one you posted, so it probably on closeout or clearance essentially.

    The first one is probably going to have an older model of hard drive in it, I can vouch for all the new MyBooks having the new WD Green Power drives in them, meaning they use less power and run a lot cooler.

    and people will rag on Maxtor, I have only ever had 1 Maxtor drive, a 300GB IDE, and it still runs fine, but overall they dont have the best rep.
     
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    WD Elements (the 1st one) are the budget line.
    It does usually contain older drives.
    1st one is 8MB cache, 2nd one is 16MB.
     
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    between the WD and the Maxtor, which one is more reliable? less prone to dying, etc
     
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    Seagate
     
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    Bruticus half dead OT Supporter

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    WD always served me well.
     
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    babygodzilla I love rice

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    Seagate got really bad reviews on Amazon...
     
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    babygodzilla I love rice

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    WD is expensive tho...

    750GB WD = almost $200

    750GB Maxtor = $150 @ Costco
     
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    any drive can fail.

    do me a favor and google maxtor's reliability, wd's and seagate's too.
    read a lot and compare. then make a decision. it's your call.

    looks like you'd probably buy the cheapest one anyway.
     
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    From where I normally shop the prices are much closer than that, WD is usually cheaper actually.

    This is in Aus, so obviously not relevant to you guys.
     
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    8MB vs 16MB cache, go with the mybook.
    i've owned a couple mybooks, never fail me.
     
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    I'd go WD, personally.
     
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    babygodzilla I love rice

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    im actually leaning towards the WD MyBook at the moment. looks like a few people here have recommended it, and I have a personal friend that owns one as well.

    the only question is, should i just buy it now? if i buy now i'll probably buy from Amazon. will prices get cheaper soon? Memorial Day savings? etc? :dunno:

    is this: http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-WDG1U5000-Essential-External/dp/tech-data/B000EXRSVM/ref=de_a_smtd a newer version of this: http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-500GB-Book-Essential/dp/tech-data/B000XRK3LG/ref=de_a_smtd?
     
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    WDG = old
    WDH = new

    shop around, stores are just starting to send out ads/deals/coupons etc.
    monitor sites such as slickdeals
     
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    babygodzilla I love rice

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    ok. i usually go to fatwallet or bensbargain
     
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    :werd: same here...own a couple of maxtors and still running good (3 yrs + so far)
     
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    imo,

    it's better because it has eSATA for that price. eSATA > USB. that is of course, if you have eSATA.

    it sucks because 1) i prefer external enclosures with fans for better cooling, 2) there are no guarantees what drive brand you will get.
     
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    ah yes fans. i thought it was weird that it didnt have a fan. ok ill look for one with fans then.
     
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    for "normal" machines:
    seagate > western digital > maxtor
     
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    WD has always served me well. the one time i had a problem -2 day shipping got me a replacement very quickly

    i actualy own the first drive you posted, the elements, except 320 GB,not 750
    its been a great drive, i've even edited DV video straight off of it with very little difference compared to my RAID 0 array
    using it with ubuntu showed me taht it had sustained transfer speeds (for 1hr+) of 15-17 MB/s and even 20MB/s for some other files

    honestly, unless you have hardcore stuff that you're doing off of it, its an EXCELLENT drive, and cheap as hell too.
     
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    15-17MB/sec is not impressive. actually, it's not even mediocre.

    My USB external averages mid to high 20's.
     
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    Ah, acutally I was copying over from a 5400 RPM HDD so maybe that was a bottleneck. Didn't think of that before.

    Regarless, I'm happy. I've edited hours of DV footage off of the thing with no slowdowns.
     

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