External Hard Drives Buyer's Guide

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  1. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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    We assess 25 of the hottest external hard disk drives from Cavalry, Iomega, LaCie, Maxtor, Seagate, Western Digital, and more.
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  2. ThunderZ

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    Thanks for the article. Despite multiple hard drives on both towers the statement of how quickly they fill up is all to true. This gives me a great starting point for the long over due purchase of an external storage drive. Will also help keep the internal towers heat down by placing a BTU producer externally. :thumb:
     
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    i bought Seagate 500 gb external.....i wish i had bought something flat instead like the maxtor external because i bring my seagate in my backpack w/laptop and am always aworried about the little stand part breaking off....from what i can tell the maxtor is just a block, nothing to break off..
     
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    I am now ready to purchase an external drive and I am looking at no larger than a 250gb. I am looking at both Seagate and Maxtor but cannot decide between the two. Any suggestions or recommendations would be very much appreciated. Thanking you in advance for your replies.

    John
     
  6. WSFuser

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    Didnt Seagate buy Maxtor? Anyways go for Seagate.
     
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  8. acr1965

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    What about this deal?

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3595494&CatId=2421

    $99.99

    Specifications

    Capacity (GB): 500
    Interface: USB 2.0
    Spindle Speed (RPM): 7200
    Buffer Memory: 16MB
    Average Seek (msec): <8.9
    Track-to-Track Seek Time (typical read, ms): 2.0
    Data Transfer Rate on USB 2.0: Up to 480 Mb/sec
    Temperature, Operating (°C): 5 to 35
    Temperature, Nonoperating (°C): -40 to 65
    Type: Retail

    I plan on using it for back ups and to store an image. Or would someone suggest a different one?
     
  9. markymoo

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    Thanks for the review. There is another option. Buy a internal SATA or IDE and then you have alot more choice on what seperate external caddy to buy and the type of connector. It works out about the same. It hard not to get away from alot of user's faulty, bad experience of Lacie drives.
     
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