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Posted: 1/4/2006 6:44:05 AM EDT
Title says it all I think. What would you recommend?
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:47:20 AM EDT
WD or seagate

make sure it not a refurb, and it has a warranty
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:48:58 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/4/2006 6:53:37 AM EDT by inzane123]
Buy a hard drive in the size that you want and then get an enclosure for it. You will save yourself about half of what you would have paid.

This + This will cost you about 160.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:49:27 AM EDT

Damn. That's a lot of friggin' pr0n
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:51:07 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:51:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By inzane123:
Buy a hard drive in the size that you want and then get an enclosure for it. You will save yourself about half of what you would have paid.



+1

There are small format HDs that can be powered through a USB cord. There are larger ones that will require a power cord. The small ones are more expensive, with less storage. In either case, it is a matter of slapping the drive in the enclosure and screwing the lid back on, and it is much cheaper than the prepared ones.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:53:16 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/4/2006 6:55:59 AM EDT by TacticalStrat]
I just bought my Dad one for X-Mas at Circuit City.

It's a USB 2.0 Western Digital 7200 RPM 80GB in a nice enclosure. $99

It came with some great backup software.

They also make it in several larger sizes. I think the biggest that I saw was 250GB.


Note: Most of the really small external hard drives are made with a notebook hard drive, which is 5400 RPM (less performance) and cost more because they are smaller. If size is not a huge issue, I'd go with the larger drives at 7200 RPM.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:55:43 AM EDT
I always go with WD drives.

I had a 800JB fail on me. I sent it in for a replacement and they were as nice about things as you could hope for. The (brand new) replacement they sent me is running strong as my backup drive.

Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:13:55 AM EDT
If you build your own, the new Seagate Barracuda drives have a 5-yr warranty.

I just put a 300GB drive in my PC... Was $189 @ CompUSA.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 8:06:45 AM EDT
If you buy a internal hard-drive and an enclosure to put together yourself--just make certain that the enclosure can handle the drive's total capacity. Some of the cheaper enclosures have size limitations (300Gb is what I have seen) and of course now--there are hard-drives available that are larger than that.

I like Seagate for hard drives, but WD now has some with 5-year warranties too. Most others are 3 years, some are only 1. Anything with a 5-year warranty should be a good choice.
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Link Posted: 1/4/2006 8:09:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By inzane123:
Buy a hard drive in the size that you want and then get an enclosure for it. You will save yourself about half of what you would have paid.

This + This will cost you about 160.



+1.

I had some old 40 gb hard drives sitting around unused, so i bought a couple enclosures cheap and voila, instant redundant portable storage for under $60
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