Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 40
  1. #1
    Pro
    Points: 36,605, Level: 58
    Level completed: 97%, Points required for next Level: 45
    Overall activity: 2.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran25000 Experience Points
    drmwevr08's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    3,446
    Points
    36,605
    Level
    58
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 6
    Given: 5

    External Hard Drive

    I'm going to get one of these to backup my files while I reinstall my XP and after that just to backup pics and things. Any advice on brands, where to buy or anything else I should know?


    Nothing to see here mods. Keep moving.

  2. #2
    Legend Achievements:
    SocialRecommendation Second ClassVeteran50000 Experience Points
    DaddyMac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    14,375
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1
    Given: 0

    Re: External Hard Drive

    I did some research a month or so ago, and asked a few people.

    Seagate's FreeAgent came up tops.



  3. #3
    Addict
    Points: 93,595, Level: 95
    Level completed: 24%, Points required for next Level: 1,455
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    cytech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Hiawatha, Iowa
    Posts
    6,203
    Points
    93,595
    Level
    95
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 11
    Given: 7

    Re: External Hard Drive

    I like Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! for most things PC related. You can even just buy the enclosure if you have a harddrive laying around somewhere.
    Sometimes your big box stores will have some external drives on clearance for great prices though, so it can be worth a shot to look at them.



  4. #4
    Speechless
    Points: 452,689, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 3.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialRecommendation Second ClassVeteran50000 Experience PointsOverdrive
    brianhos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Trenchtown
    Posts
    39,728
    Points
    452,689
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 275
    Given: 39

    Re: External Hard Drive

    I don't think it really matters much, there are only a few companies that make the actual drives. Segate seems to be the best consumer grade HD's right now. They also are one of the 2 best non consumer HD makers, along with Hitachi.


    They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin 1775

  5. #5
    Legend Achievements:
    SocialRecommendation Second ClassVeteran50000 Experience Points
    DaddyMac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    14,375
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1
    Given: 0

    Re: External Hard Drive

    Also - I got ALOT of negative comments on Western Digitals equipment.

    I went to Amazon and checked out a few brands and looked that the comments people left. There seemed to be a stark difference between some. A couple (ie WD) had ALOT of failures and other issues.



  6. #6
    CF Founder
    Points: 241,012, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 6.0%
    Achievements:
    Your first GroupVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience Points
    Jeremy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Urbandale, IA
    Posts
    13,261
    Points
    241,012
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 333
    Given: 184

    Re: External Hard Drive

    I agree that the Seagate FreeAgent's seem to be about the best for price/performance/capacity. I've always been a fan of Seagate's drives but typically they all fall into the same failure rate nowadays - Seagate used to be far ahead of the others but they've all improved to be fairly equal. The Seagate drives "usually" run quieter if you're going to have it close by.

    Depending on how elaborate you want to get - you can also get NAS drives that you can hook up directly to your home network. We have a server in the basement to backup all the CF stuff and it only gets Seagate drives.


    A program isn't built on one player and it doesn't succeed because of one player, thus a program won't fail if it doesn't get that one player.

  7. #7
    cyclONEnation
    Points: 236,496, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    C.John's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    15,433
    Points
    236,496
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 52
    Given: 45

    Re: External Hard Drive

    I have a 350GB Maxtor and a 250GB Seagate. No problems with either. I use the Maxtor as a backup drive for the data on the Seagate and for some stuff that's on the internal drive. Better safe than sorry..I hope.



  8. #8
    Addict
    Points: 177,526, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 11.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    snowcraig2.0's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    Posts
    7,403
    Points
    177,526
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 455
    Given: 76

    Re: External Hard Drive

    NERDS!!!!


    (just kidding)



  9. #9
    Legend
    Points: 387,230, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 13.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialRecommendation Second ClassVeteran50000 Experience Points
    bos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    23,822
    Points
    387,230
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 579
    Given: 405

    Re: External Hard Drive

    Seagate and LaCie make some great stuff. I have been making my own, but if I didnt, I would go with those two.



  10. #10
    Speechless
    Points: 480,400, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 35.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    jdoggivjc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Sterling Heights, MI
    Posts
    32,258
    Points
    480,400
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 748
    Given: 522

    Re: External Hard Drive

    I have a Maxtor 120GB (that's a couple of years old now) that I use as my storage device for MP3s, photos, videos, etc. No problems whatsoever, and works even better than it did now that I have USB2 installed in my computer.


    Chuck Lidell: I paint my toenails with pink and black polish. Problem is, I get more paint on my toes and on the carpet than on my nails. Any advice?
    Maria Sharapova: Don't you beat up other guys for a living? I don't know how to answer this.



  11. #11
    Addict
    Points: 65,851, Level: 79
    Level completed: 63%, Points required for next Level: 599
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    CyinCo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Clive, IA
    Posts
    5,434
    Points
    65,851
    Level
    79
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 37
    Given: 0

    Re: External Hard Drive

    I had a maxtor that I liked. I now have a western digital. I really can't tell the difference speed wise or useability but the Maxtor came with Retrospect 6.0 software that is nice software for setting up automatic backups.


    ISU Grad 1997.
    ISU Fan for Life.

    Not in CO anymore but I'm not changing my name :)

  12. #12
    Addict
    Points: 177,526, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 11.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    snowcraig2.0's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    Posts
    7,403
    Points
    177,526
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 455
    Given: 76

    Re: External Hard Drive

    Just buy a regular hard drive, then a enclosure. You will save a ton of money.



  13. #13
    Legend
    Points: 208,982, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 17.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    jbhtexas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Arlington, TX
    Posts
    10,844
    Points
    208,982
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 207
    Given: 125

    Re: External Hard Drive

    I don't know how deeply you are going to get into this...But I bought a SATA enclosure from newegg that had a dual connection (eSATA and USB 2.0), and a Seagate 500 GB SATA drive. I stuck a generic SATA card with the VIA chipset in my PC (and also a SATA DVD-RW drive just for the heck of it ).

    The eSATA is blazing fast. I timed some file transfers to the external drive, and eSATA blew USB 2.0 away. However the hot-plugging for eSATA drives in Windows XP is a little rough yet, but the latest driver for my VIA SATA card has improved that issue.


    "Don't worry Boss...they can't do nothin' 'til they're through sparklin'..."

    Avatar - America's new superhero...Cenex Guy

  14. #14
    Pro
    Points: 59,168, Level: 75
    Level completed: 42%, Points required for next Level: 882
    Overall activity: 4.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    djcubby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Des Moines, IA
    Posts
    2,900
    Points
    59,168
    Level
    75
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 83
    Given: 91

    Re: External Hard Drive

    I like going to CNET and checking out their reviews on products I am looking to buy. I did that before I bought my new Sony camera and HP printer and have been happy with both.



  15. #15
    cyclONEnation
    Points: 236,496, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    C.John's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    15,433
    Points
    236,496
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 52
    Given: 45

    Re: External Hard Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    Just buy a regular hard drive, then a enclosure. You will save a ton of money.
    My 350gb Maxtor was only $90. Found it via Slick Deals or one of the other deals sites.



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • TV: FS1
  • Iowa State @ Oklahoma State
  • October 4, 2014
  • 11:00 AM