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Ultimate Geek
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Topic # 110632 12-Oct-2012 18:20 Send private message

I currently have 3 portable external USB hard drives connected to my iMac Desktop (1x 250gb, 1x 1TB, 1x 500gb).

Looking to keep my 1x 250gb Seagate and then consolidate my other two drives onto 1 larger external drive.

Any suggestions on brand, Realistically for future expansion, looking for 3TB-4TB.

I have looked at G-Tech, and LaCie. iMac only supports USB2 or Firewire, so preferably a drive with both available.

Prepared to spend up to $600.

Any recommendations appreciated. 

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Ultimate Geek
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Reply # 700356 12-Oct-2012 18:22 Send private message

Sorry, should have also mentioned that this larger drive doesnt need to be portable as I will be keeping 1 portable drive which I can transfer files onto when required for portability.

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  Reply # 700386 12-Oct-2012 19:26 Send private message

3TB seems to be the sweet spot for desktop hard drives (2TB for portable ones). Realistically the prices of hard drive will still remain high for the next year as the manufacturers are exploiting following the flooding.

Just remember to keep a backup with the larger hard drives still have reported failure rates.

Also have you considered using a NAS instead?

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  Reply # 700391 12-Oct-2012 19:42 Send private message

khull: 3TB seems to be the sweet spot for desktop hard drives (2TB for portable ones). Realistically the prices of hard drive will still remain high for the next year as the manufacturers are exploiting following the flooding.

Just remember to keep a backup with the larger hard drives still have reported failure rates.

Also have you considered using a NAS instead?


I wouldn't agree that exploiting is the right word for what is happening. You try losing a few mission critical factories and breaking a load of supply contracts for your multi-billion dollar enterprise then come here and comment on how hard drive manufacturers are gouging customers.

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