RE:Recomend an external hard drive?
(Date Posted:21/10/2011 3:37 AM)
Most of the "big brands" should be okay. I like Seagate drives because I've had a couple Western Digital external drives fail on me (OTOH, had lots of luck with an internal WD I used to replace a laptop HDD at one point), but plenty of the geeks I know who use a lot more storage than I swear by Western Digital. So really I'd say either Seagate or Western Digital should be good. They both offer 1TB or larger drives (I currently have a 2TB Seagate and an older 250GB Seagate as my backup drives). I believe they both also offer large drives that work over a network, but I prefer just regular USB drives.
Also of note, if it says it works with USB 3.0, it will also work with older versions of USB if your computer doesn't do USB 3.0 (if you've bought a computer in the last year, it's probably 3.0, earlier than that and it's probably 2.0, and earlier than about 2002 or so it's probably 1.0 - yes, I know technologies were announced earlier than the years I'm giving, but it does take a couple years for manufacturers to all switch over).
Unless you plan on constantly moving your drive, a regular external drive is fine (compared to a portable one). Portable ones are much more expensive so unless you really plan on carrying it places daily, they're not worth the extra cost.
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