07-04-12, 03:46 PM #1
Suggest External Hard Drive?
I want a new 2tb hard drive, however I'm uncertain which is reliable. My dads G-Drive failed and had to have it's controller replaced, it works now but I don't wanna risk it again because so many on Amazon had that issue.
However Western Digital seems to have had it's share of issues too according to Amazon failing after 2 months or whatever.....
Any ideas? I'm outta my league here what's lasted for you guys?
07-04-12, 04:10 PM #2
07-04-12, 08:02 PM #3
Buy an external enclosure with a fan, and put a Seagate black(NOT green) in it. Don't use a 3TB drive, stop at 2TB.
If you're worried about reliability that's the best way.
07-05-12, 03:23 AM #4
If you're worried about reliability then buy 2 relatively cheap drives and run them in RAID 1 configuration - where each drive mirrors the other. You basically store the same info on both drives so should one fail you still have the data in tact.
Might cost a bit more, but you need both drives to fail at the same time for there to be data loss.
Really depends on how much you want to protect your data, and the relative prices compared to reliability.
07-06-12, 12:17 AM #5
07-06-12, 02:20 AM #6
Hell if you mean to run RAID, just get a Drobo system. You can go USB and the device handles the RAID and redundancy. People rave about those Drobo units.
07-06-12, 02:56 AM #7
But there are ways around it, I'm sure.
Alternatively just ensure you keep backing up your critical files to a simple USB stick, and then HDD failure isn't so much of an issue, other than a bit of time, and unfortunately a bit of cash for a new one.
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