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# 42163 29-Sep-2009 21:38
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Gidday





Im looking at buying an external hard drive preferably 1 TB with eSata connection.
Looking to spend $150-$300.
Any advice on brands to go for?










Thanks in advance for any advice


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  # 259521 29-Sep-2009 21:40
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Seagate gets my vote. WD makes some nice drives but I had problems with them before - the most common one was the drive going to sleep and not coming back unless you restart your laptop - it happened with both Mac and Windows-based machines.




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  # 259523 29-Sep-2009 21:44
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I would suggest something like

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=354957

combined with a

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=370549

That way you can change hard drives, as your needs change. Also, the drive enclosure still supports a one-touch backup system if that is what you are looking for.

 
 
 
 


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  # 259526 29-Sep-2009 21:50
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Seagate gets my vote

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  # 259579 30-Sep-2009 01:33
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seagate +1





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  # 259659 30-Sep-2009 11:21
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Seagate had a high publicity problem with a firmware bug in the last year, it caused a lot of problems with drives bricking themselves at boot up due to an overflow in an drive statistics log.

At the end of the day there's really no practical difference between going for Seagate, Western Digital or Samsung.. They all have roughly the same failure rate and similar reliability.

Go for whichever is cheaper at the specification you want (7200rpm 1TB 16MB cache etc).

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  # 259673 30-Sep-2009 11:45
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Ragnor: Seagate has a high publicity problem with firmware bug in the last year that caused a lot of problems with drives bricking themselves. At the end of the day there's really no practical difference between going for Seagate, Western Digital or Samsung..

They all have roughly the same failure rate and similar reliability.

Go for whichever is cheaper at the specification you want (7200rpm 1TB 16MB cache etc).


You do make a fair point there.





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