External HDD Options

Hi everyone,

I am looking for an external hard drive with lots of space, preferably over 1 TB.
I found the Western Digital My Studio II to be fitting my needs but are there any better options available.
I was wondering if there are any options for a thunderbolt capable windows pci expansion port for a laptop.
I would love to have a thunderbolt capable external on my laptop.

Thanks
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  1. WD brand is a good choice, as is Hitachi, but stay away from Seagate drives as I'v had failures on those (four of them) in less than six months.

    I wouldn't advise going beyond 1TB though as the technology behind multi-terabyte drives is still too new to trust.
    Better to have three separate 1TB drives like I have than a single 3TB one in my opinion. I keep the same data on all three drives to avoid data loss.

    Sorry, know nothing about thunderbolt. never heard of it.
  2. I'm going to counter the My Studio with the TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 2TB USB 3.0 here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822149388 since USB 3.0 (if you have that available) is faster for data transfer than Firewire800. Terry White has an interesting vid about that here http://terrywhite.com/techblog/firewire-800-vs-usb-3-which-is-faster/
    Just an option
  3. A Thunderbolt express card for a windows laptop may be a hard, if not impossible, find. The only ones I could find are for Macs. A USB 3.0 adapter for the laptop will be a much easier and less costly find. The Thunderbolt devices are still quite expensive. I don't think you will be disappointed with USB 3.0 and from my experience it is far better than USB 2.0.
  4. Any advice on a NAS or using a RAID 0 or RAID 1 for on an external
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