aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1074 times:
The best portable hard drive is of course one that is in your portable computer. You can upgrade to a larger internal drive and use the old one in an external case for extra storage. If your laptop has an optical drive, you should also look into replacing that with a second HDD and putting the optical drive into an external enclosure. I have done just that recently and am quite happy with the decision.
As for your link, are you planning on buying from the store in Manhattan or will you have the item shipped to you? I'm asking because I thought the staff were very professional indeed when I went there for a camera lens. If you go to the store, they will be able to help.
Finally, a recommendation: anything that is advertised with a "Military-Grade Drop Rating" is suspect. You're not going to be using it in combat (Or are you? ) and dropping a spinning/working HDD from any sort of considerable height is a very bad idea in all cases - pun fully intended. So instead of spending money on anti-drop damage voodoo, I would spend have spent on size and interfaces. If you can get (for a justifiable price) a case or case/drive combination that offers more and faster connectivity than USB 2.0, go for it.
Quoting northstardc4m (Reply 1): For straight backup I like Western Digital MyBooks but they are heavy drives and require external power.
Mine has never disappointed me and works a treat after moving homes with me twice.
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photopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2745 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1062 times:
I've got a couple of the "Western Digital My Passport" USB powered external drives and have been using them for quite a few years. Travel with me on my foreign trips and they've never let me down. They range from 250 G (my smallest) up to 1 TB, my largest. I like the fact they are USB powered so I'm not lugging around another power adaptor that needs to be plugged in.
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21468 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1047 times:
Reliability depends primarily on how you're treating the drive, much more so than on the make or model.
If you take great care to not jostle it while it's connected and to keep it away from hard shocks at any time, pretty much any proper disk will do (I personally use two 1TB GoFlex Seagate drives as secondary "flying" backups in addition to two stationary FireWire drives for TimeMachine).
If you want or need to use it while mechanical bumps or vibration can't be avoided (such as while driving, flying, riding a train or just because you don't want to be bothered with mechanical protection), a flash drive may be a better bet. Theoretically flash drives will deteriorate over time, but it is rather unlikely that you'll ever actually experience data errors due to wear, particularly before it's time to upgrade to a newer drive anyway.
For backup purposes, don't rely on a single backup drive. Get at least two and alternate between them, keeping the respective other drive stored in a safe place until it's its turn again.
alberchico From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 2921 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1041 times:
Quoting aloges (Reply 2): As for your link, are you planning on buying from the store in Manhattan or will you have the item shipped to you? I'm asking because I thought the staff were very professional indeed when I went there for a camera lens. If you go to the store, they will be able to help.
Thanks for your detailed response. I will most likely go to the store and ask for their advice on a particular model before buying it. If a hard drive requires a USB 3.0 and your computer only has a 2.0 will you have any issues transferring files ?
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