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Ok, not software related so probably in the wrong category but hey ho Im feeling anti establishment today.

Given there is nothing doing on here at the mo, I thought I would ask this one.

Anyone recommend a good external harddrive?

I have a Seagate one now, only 1/2 TB I think, had it for about 15 years, still not full, but now slow to connect and prevents a rapid PC login unless I unplug it. Thinking of at least a TB, probably even two, inexpensive but reliable.



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Toshiba.

I always used to use Maxstors which are basically internal hard drives cased up (so they're big unwieldy things).

This is what I use but also comes in other sizes (I think up to 3tb). But 1tb seems to be the best cost to capacity ratio for me.

www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-Canvio-Basics-Portable-External/dp/B00KWHJY7Q/ref=sr_1_3

I keep two of them with labels on them called Pinky and Perky so makes it nice and easy to alternate backups.

They are silent operation. Use the USB as a power supply as well as for data transfer, are very, very small and light, they're plug and play so no messing around with drivers, and touch wood I've had no problems with either of them so far and I've been running them for around two years. One is always attached to the PC whilst the other goes for a well earned sleep in the fire safe.

Am I humanising my equipment too much!hmm (I know, man problem!)

hope that helps.

Shaun.



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From your description, I'd assume you're talking about a drive connected over USB.

It largely depends on what you want to use it for, but TBH, as a general rule I'd tend towards network attached storage - so a hard drive that connects via an ethernet cable to your router, rather than directly to your computer via USB.

An example use: My personal NAS (a Seagate) acts as a media server; so the CDs and DVDs that I've ripped (so far - I have a big collection) sit on the drive, and I can listen/watch from anywhere at home without being tied to the main screen/blu-ray player.

Pushing the price up, you can get multiple hard drives in a single enclosure (called a RAID array) which can be used in a number of ways, the most useful of which for backup purposes is to have them mirror each other - so you effectively get two backups of everything. This won't help in the event of a fire (see Shaun's use of two USB drives above) but is worth every penny if one of the drives in the array fails. (All hard drives will fail eventually.)

But regardless of connection types, there are a wealth of options (makes, sizes) out there - and making recommendations is difficult because most people's experiences are only limited to a small number due to the life span of these things.

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Thanks Shaun - you can tell a lot from a man who names his equipment and the names he uses.

Thanks Vince - its only for the secondary client back up in this case and yes just through a USB.

I will ponder some more.

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Cheshire wrote:

Ok, not software related so probably in the wrong category but hey ho Im feeling anti establishment today.


Ban her Shaun, we can't have subordination in the ranksbiggrin

To add my tuppence to the conversation, sounds like 1tb should be sufficient. If you're not filling 500gb hd now there's little point in anything bigger.

I've always liked Western Digital but Seagate and Maxtor are also reliable makes.



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Lol on the picture John. Think that the Polar bear is considering canned food!

Ban Joanne!!! OMG. Even in this snow she would be straight down the M6 with a strongly worded argument... And possibly a cuff around my ear as well!

On the size of the hard drive. I only wanted a 500gb (well, actually, two of them as alway alternate backups on different drives) but for a couple of quid difference in price on the Toshiba's it was a well, why not.

Right, picci change time...

edited because my my dyslexia just shone through... All the right words... Completely the wrong order (the original : "On the hard of the drive size"!!!!!!Lol



-- Edited by Shamus on Saturday 3rd of March 2018 11:23:05 AM



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Ok, I was also tempted bythis but thought that the words would be too small to read in an avatar:

Image result for polar bear penguins cartoon far side

And I also saw this one whilst looking that had me in fits of giggles:

Image result for far side bear was last that was ever seen of twins



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Shamus wrote:

Ban Joanne!!! OMG. Even in this snow she would be straight down the M6 with a strongly worded argument... And possibly a cuff around my ear as well!


LOL, good job I was only joking, we definitely couldn't lose her.

Canned food, good one! Love your avatar as well.



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