external hard drive
I want to get an external hard drive to backup data on. I would like to get a passport WD drive for $100 on newegg (that would be the 120 gb one) but was wondering if I should skip the portable ones and pick one that is more robust and is a bit faster. I would like to stay under $160 and size should be greater than 100gb...
It all depends on what type of hard drive you wish to get.
I go for the Seagate as they have the best warranty of five years.
I have a number of external hard drives.
IDE in an external enclosure:
The Hard Drive:
The Hard Drive:
Good enclosures, and with fans, keeps them cool.
I have used other enclosures in the past with Seagate drives that did not have a fan, and had two hard drive failures. Can I blame the fan less enclosures a the root of the failures, no, but with enclosures with fans I have not had any disk failures in over a year.
Home brew is to me, the better option currently.
Thanks for your reply.
I do believe that putting my own together would be well worth it. I happen to have that seagate SATA 320 gb hard drive in my rig and I love it. so that is a definate possibility.
I have one question: Should I go with SATA since it's faster?
I do not have any eSATA ports on my computer and don't really want to install a card unless one comes with the enclosure..
I do like both cases that you have but I am not sure that those are exactly what I want because of interface... Unless the Apricorn does in fact come with an eSATA bracket.
However now that I think about it, my dell does not have any eSATA ports so I think that a USB 2.0 connection is preferable..
You should not have any trouble with interference if you go with the IDE setup.
The SATA setup does not come with a back panel bracket, but that was not a problem for me as I have a Sata card with two eSata connections. The enclosure is not Sata 2, but sometime in the near future one will be available. I you select another type of enclosure just make sure it has a fan.
Both work well for me, with the Sata a bit faster.