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#1 atosniper

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Posted 27 September 2014 - 11:27 AM

So I'm looking for an external harddrive to use as a backup for my data. I have an aging one that is about 6-7 years old and figured I'd better get a new one. Looking at about 1TB. Any suggestions for good ones?

 

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Posted 27 September 2014 - 05:30 PM

I found it marginally cheaper to buy a 2.5" USB3 case for a laptop drive I also brought. The real bonus for me was knowing that if anything happened to the drive casing, I could just pull it out and mount it internally - something I was burned with on a Toshiba external 2.5" drive, where the USB interface stopped transferring data and it was soldered onto the drive so I couldn't recover the data.
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Posted 13 October 2014 - 08:06 AM

I agree with Nich.

 

The bonus of a 2.5" drives that you can store it in a safe or offsite at a relative's house if you are away on holiday or get two and alternate your backups occasionally - on on site one off site.

 

My external drive bay of choice was a Zalman which allows me to mount an ISO and boot from it as if it were a CD. I used a 750GB drive I had spare after a notebook upgraded to an SSD.

 

I don't use it for backups though as I am doing that to a NAS which in turn gets backed up to standard 4TB USB drives in a dual USB dock. Those get swapped out to somewhere off site.


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Posted 13 October 2014 - 09:35 AM

Who is it that has the removable SATA interface?

 

One of the external 2.5" USB drives has a 'snap on' SATA connector you can use on ANY drive. Priceless.


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#5 wombat3333

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 07:42 PM

does anyone have any experience with toshiba external hdds? I'm getting out of storage space, need to make an upgrade. I saw their 1TB Tanvio model over at shopping express, they're going for $47. would this be a good choice,are they reliable? http://www.shoppinge...ristmas-gifts/4
 



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Posted 13 December 2014 - 03:17 AM

My wife bought one a year or two back, and it didn't last long. This isn't a criticism of their reliability, BTW. Rather, we found out that they use a custom connection between the drive and the USB port, meaning that the dead USB port wasn't a trivial fix of pulling the drive out and sliding it into another external case I had lying around.
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