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Whats a good external HD?

Asked by Gruz06 (811points) December 30th, 2007

I need a good quality extenal HD for preferably under $150. I need it for backing up my music, pictures, etc…

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mirza's avatar

If you want something portable go for the Western Digital Passport .If you want something just for backup I would get the cheap Lacie External HD

felipelavinz's avatar

I currently own a SimpleDrive Portable Designed by Pininfarina which has been very useful and really good choice for me.

gooch's avatar

I have a seagate 100gb for just that purpose I paid about $70 a year ago at Sams Club. I have never had any problems with it. It also allows me to easily share my library between computers.

sndfreQ's avatar

second mirza on the wd-I have the 250GB and it’s awesome; can’t say the same for LaCie-burned up 3 of them and their cust. service was lousy.

Also had good luck with Other World Computing externals (OWC)-they use wd HDDs in their enclosures. On the high end check out Rocstor drives-reliable enclosures and tech support.

paulc's avatar

This is outside your price range but hear me out, I’m talking about this because you’re referring to a backup drive. I’ve had some very sad losses in the past and have no intentions of losing my media again.

I purchased a Drobo and am quite happy with it. Its significantly more expensive than what you’re looking for but it has been worth every penny. It uses a backup redundancy setup something like RAID5 where the data is duplicated across the drives you place in it (up to four). A lot of people simply offload their media onto an external drive and consider it safe but as soon as that drive fails you’re screwed.

Incrementally copying your files is a bit better but you are then assuming that you will be prudent it keeping your files updated (I know I can’t do that). With a redundant external storage system you simply use it as a main storage container and let it handle the backups. Considering that SATA drives are stupid cheap these days the unit practically pays for itself in my opinion.

sndfreQ's avatar

paul brings up a good point-btw it is possible (assuming mac os x leopard is what you’re running) to backup across ‘duplicate’ external hard drives in a manner similar to what the RAID5 is set up to do-for possibly less money.

Time Machine has the option to back up across several drives (as many as you designate) in a redundant fashion.

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