External Hard Drives

External Hard Drives

31 posts
19 Feb 2015
oceanova
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oceanova
I'm looking at buying a WD 2tb my passport, anyone know of any reasons I shouldn't or can offer a suggestion to any cheaper others. The only reason I'm looking at WD is because they're the only brand I know.....

Posted 19 Feb 2015
Funky
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Funky
WD are good and reliable.  I have four over ten years and haven't had any problems.  My last one was bought from a supermarket called T*** online as they were the cheapest.  A computer engineer friend of mine says to avoid S****** as they were once good, but now bought out by a "make 'em cheap and nasty" firm and are now unreliable.  (S******  - think Ocean and closing a gap in the fence).  He also says not to look at cheaper options if you value your data.

Posted 19 Feb 2015
Edited by Funky 19 Feb 2015
RedChecker
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RedChecker
Funky

WD are good and reliable.  I have four over ten years and haven't had any problems.  My last one was bought from a supermarket called T*** online as they were the cheapest.  A computer engineer friend of mine says to avoid S****** as they were once good, but now bought out by a "make 'em cheap and nasty" firm and are now unreliable.  (S******  - think Ocean and closing a gap in the fence).  He also says not to look at cheaper options if you value your data.


Funny, I've never had a problem with Seagate drives.  WD & Maxtor (no longer trading) drives were the most unreliable in my experience at work having had several DOA or short lived drives over the years.  Fujitsu drives are fairly reliable as well.  Having said that, WD Passport drives have performed flawlessly for me having had 3/4 of them personally since they first came out.

The truth is... any manufacturer can produce bad batches of drives or less reliable designs and it's pot luck as to whether or not you're unlucky enough to get a duff drive, hence the importance of a reliable backup and archiving strategy (I wouldn't trust any single drive to be 100% reliable).
Posted 19 Feb 2015
Edited by RedChecker 19 Feb 2015
swalsh58
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swalsh58
I have a Buffalo 1TB and it has worked faultlessly since I got it over three years ago. I also back up to the cloud, on 2 more computer HDD and make a DVD. I'm not anal about backups though.........

Posted 19 Feb 2015
marlhamphoto
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marlhamphoto
RedChecker

Funny, I've never had a problem with Seagate drives.

Well I have four of them that are good for nothing but doorstops. All 1TB drives and they all failed over a period of about 18 months. I'll never touch anything with a Seagate in it again.

Currently using 3 x 3TB WD MyBookLives and have been for about 2.5 years without any problems at all.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Personal-Cloud-Storage-Network-Attached/dp/B004DTXFDS
Posted 20 Feb 2015
Edited by marlhamphoto 19 Feb 2015
HowardJ
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HowardJ
Personally I use lower capacity drives. At least that way I'd lose less if a single drive did fail.

Posted 20 Feb 2015
RedChecker
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RedChecker
HowardJ

Personally I use lower capacity drives. At least that way I'd lose less if a single drive did fail.


There's a school of thought that higher capacity drives are far more reliable due to less head activity within the drive to read/write the data.  Many high capacity drives nowadays are also running at lower rotation speeds thus reducing the stresses on them.
Posted 20 Feb 2015
DorsetHammer
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DorsetHammer
I've got a WD 2TB passport and it's been good so far, no probs with the Seagate either, of the lower capacity models I've always been impressed with Freecom, they just seem to go on for year after year.

Posted 20 Feb 2015
SteveSJS55
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SteveSJS55
Lacie d2 Quadra 2Tb . these are my main storage 6 units . 3 in use, 3 as backup. All 6 have identical files Hence my total capacity is only 2Tb. Plus Blue ray disc back up .
All 3 back up drives and Blue Ray discs are stored in a fireproof safe.
Never cut corners on quality of storage drives.

Posted 20 Feb 2015
mph
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mph
SteveSJS55

Lacie d2 Quadra 2Tb . these are my main storage 6 units . 3 in use, 3 as backup. All 6 have identical files Hence my total capacity is only 2Tb. Plus Blue ray disc back up . All 3 back up drives and Blue Ray discs are stored in a fireproof safe. Never cut corners on quality of storage drives.


Who were bought by Seagate in 2012..................
Posted 20 Feb 2015
EllessePhotography
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EllessePhoto..
I prefer to buy an external housing (3.5 and 2.5) and use better quality drives in them - i.e. Western Digital Caviar Blacks. They are more expensive, but they are as solid as a rock. At the moment, I've got about 8 x 2TB drives and never had a problem with them. I also use WD Black 750GB laptop drives too if I need portability, they run a lot cooler than their 3.5 counterparts.

Posted 20 Feb 2015
AlasdairEW
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AlasdairEW
Posted 24 Feb 2015
AlasdairEW
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AlasdairEW
I recognise a variety of the drives mentioned here my two-pennith worth is quite simple, assuming you never want to loose data there are only three real options: 1. A sensible size external RAID solution running paired (or greater) drives, I've had a buffalo but it was a continual problem there are lots of options... The problem with any HDD drives is that the ultimately fail so this is a must if you never want to loose the data through drive failure.... But here is the problem, this solution does not prevent a catastrophy from destroying everything (e.g. flooding / fire) so I would recommend my solution below. 2. Use an on-line unlimited file storage solution (admittedly this is only an option if you have fibre optic broadband), the problem with this is that you need to ensure that the service provider you pick have continuous back-up solutions and is not going to go out of business. 3. (& this is my solution) External RAID storage solution and an on-line file storage option! Might be overkill, but I hope this is useful to someone.
Posted 24 Feb 2015
nige_nw
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nige_nw
I have had a WD Passport 2TB fail on me but I have a couple of 1TB & a 2TB as well (as well as 3 WD MY books & had more over years).

Whilst I have had this passport fail & indeed a WD my book fail over the years as you can tell I am not deterred. I have had less problems with WD than I have with others over the years (Maxtor!)

I like the convenience & space usage of the My passports but with no real evidence not sure whether the 3.5" drives in my book drives a better long term solution (hence I use a mixture)

One feature I like for the WD passport & My book drives (not their essential versions) is the password protection - I like to keep personal data personal.

You don't state if this is a single backup or not but just in case it is, like others I would advise for any files you want to make sure you have a copy of, to have at least 2 copies (or use a properly set up raid system for redundancy - which of course uses multiple drives) just in case you are unlucky and do get a failure.

As you may have guessed with my mention of multiple drives I have several copies on different drives. I have lost a couple of unimportant files over the years and read too many horror stories of people who have been meaning to backup their files or never really gave it much thought when their drives fail & they loose precious memories or other important docs.



Posted 24 Feb 2015
oceanova
Photographer
oceanova
Thanks for everyone's input. I went and got a WD passport this afternoon. After I upload a shoot to my pc I burn it straight to disk, I make a back up on old reformatted drives which I have lying around but it's nice to have something that doesn't require power.

Posted 25 Feb 2015
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