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Cant decide between which external hard drive to get!

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August 9, 2011 5:12:42 AM

Hi, I am looking for a USB 3.0 External hard drive. I need one that is very reliable. It will be used for pictures and videos and other stuff.

So far, I have these in mind:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.amazon.com/SEAGATE-Expansion-External-Drive-...
For the amazon link, I am looking at the 2TB.

I was originally thinking of getting the 500GB Adata, but then I saw the 640GB.
And then yesterday, I saw the Seagate 2TB on amazon for about the same price. It sounds good from the reviews. But, I dont know, I cant find any reviews online, and the price seems to good to be true...

I added the the seagate and WD because I heard they are good brands for external, and I picked the 2 with the best reviews.
So, which external hard drive should I get?
a b G Storage
August 9, 2011 5:53:59 AM

There is nothing wrong with any of those choices. You should be aware however that any brand of HDD can fail and having all your data on a single drive is a recipe for disaster. There is also the possibility that you could drop the drive and that has happened to quite a few people resulting in loss of data.
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August 9, 2011 6:03:06 AM

Hi, and thanks for the reply.

I will back it up to 3 places(computer, external hard drive, and ps3), just to be extra, extra safe(I ALMOST lost all of my pictures before, but thankfully hard drive revived on me)

I will most likey not move it around, so portability is not a requirement.

Do you have experience with any of the brands or specific series of one of those hard drives?
I am leaning towards the seagate 2TB just because of the size for price
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a b G Storage
August 9, 2011 6:17:21 AM

I would go with the Seagate. They have always served me well. As long as your data is backed up in other locations you can go for bang for buck when deciding on your purchase.
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August 9, 2011 6:45:08 AM

Thank you for the reply. I will go with that.
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a b G Storage
August 9, 2011 7:42:09 AM

Western Digital is great to, along with Seagate. Ive always used WD in my builds, but thtat was merely a coincidence that at the time, Seagate wasnt offering what I needed.

Regarding your backup, dont backup to 3 diferent places, its better to take a diferent backup aproach. I would say 2 diferent HDs is good enough. That way, if your pc fails for some reason, you stilll have the data on 2 separate locations, and would be safe if while restoring your files, the first backup drive failed too.

However, such backup solutuion wont help too much if your apartment catches fire, or if someday steals your computer. If you want to take a 3rd backup aproach, try using cloud backup.
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a b G Storage
August 9, 2011 8:23:00 PM

leandrodafontoura said:
However, such backup solutuion wont help too much if your apartment catches fire, or if someday steals your computer. If you want to take a 3rd backup aproach, try using cloud backup.


If you're unfamiliar with cloud computing, dropbox (http://www.dropbox.com) is a good place to start. 2GB of free cloud storage - it's not enough for pictures and video but it's usually enough to store important documents and things.
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