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External HDD Options

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December 18, 2012 3:47:13 AM

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.


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a b D Laptop
a c 79 G Storage
December 18, 2012 6:03:45 AM

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.
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a b D Laptop
a c 135 G Storage
December 19, 2012 2:41:13 AM

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.
December 23, 2012 1:45:45 AM

Any advice on a NAS or using a RAID 0 or RAID 1 for on an external