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Best Portable Hard Drive?

Mon May 14, 2012 7:40 pm

Anyone know which brand offers the best reliability ?

I was thinking of going with this one : http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...M_500GB_StoreJet_25M_Portable.html

Which brands do you use ?
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RE: Best Portable Hard Drive?

Mon May 14, 2012 8:02 pm

Transcend i wouldn't go with personally. They have horrid support from my experience, worse than Seagate (and that's saying alot for me).

Portable drives vary greatly depending on what you want it for?

For straight backup I like Western Digital MyBooks but they are heavy drives and require external power.
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RE: Best Portable Hard Drive?

Mon May 14, 2012 8:37 pm

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.

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RE: Best Portable Hard Drive?

Mon May 14, 2012 8:58 pm

Quoting northstardc4m (Reply 1):
Western Digital MyBooks

I have the Passport but would never think of dropping it. If you need "drop proof" then you want SSD not HDD.
Like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Iomega-SuperSp..._1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337028343&sr=8-1
or if you must have the form factor of the Transcend then perhaps (look familiar?):
http://www.amazon.com/TRANSCEND-INFO...s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337028375&sr=1-2

SSD is also very fast (and more expensive for less capacity).

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RE: Best Portable Hard Drive?

Mon May 14, 2012 9:02 pm

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.
 
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RE: Best Portable Hard Drive?

Mon May 14, 2012 9:04 pm

Duplicate post (due to the "top of the hour" A.net blackout).

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RE: Best Portable Hard Drive?

Mon May 14, 2012 9:05 pm

There are only 3 manufacturers of hard drives left, Toshiba (only 2,5"), Western Digital, and Seagate. So whatever you buy, that's what will be inside. USB2 is dead, take a USB3 drive.

I own a 2,5" Verbatim 1To USB3 (a gift) and it works fine and is fast in USB3, so you can take that one without worry, but any will do.
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RE: Best Portable Hard Drive?

Mon May 14, 2012 9:26 pm

I can recommend Western Digital. Only had good experiences with their external HDD's, I have 2 of them (knock on wood)!
 
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RE: Best Portable Hard Drive?

Mon May 14, 2012 9:26 pm

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.

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RE: Best Portable Hard Drive?

Mon May 14, 2012 9:39 pm

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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RE: Best Portable Hard Drive?

Mon May 14, 2012 10:11 pm

Take a look at a Plextor Solid State HD when you get a chance.
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RE: Best Portable Hard Drive?

Mon May 14, 2012 10:34 pm

Quoting Aesma (Reply 6):
There are only 3 manufacturers of hard drives left, Toshiba (only 2,5"), Western Digital, and Seagate.

Is Samsung really out of the game?

Quoting alberchico (Reply 9):
Thanks for your detailed response.

You're welcome!

Quoting alberchico (Reply 9):
If a hard drive requires a USB 3.0 and your computer only has a 2.0 will you have any issues transferring files ?

AFAIK, USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.0. So you won't have problems and can benefit from the higher speed once you get USB 3.0 in your computer.

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RE: Best Portable Hard Drive?

Tue May 15, 2012 1:14 pm

Quoting aloges (Reply 11):
Is Samsung really out of the game?

No they aren't, neither are Hitachi, however Samsung sold it's drive division to Seagate and Hitachi sold theirs to Western Digital this year.

Also another option for the OP... flash drives are now available in huge sizes (64gb, 128gb... 256gb coming...). So if you need portable storage...
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...128BSBNA_128GB_Echo_MX_Backup.html
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