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12/6/10 3:55 PM
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JLK
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Buying an external 1TB external drive. Are there any brands I should avoid? Any brands recommended?
12/7/10 11:26 AM
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I've had good luck with seagate.

Drives are like cars, everyone has a good and horrible experience with all of them.
12/7/10 12:01 PM
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Cool, thanks. Future Shop is selling them for less than 100 bucks now.
12/9/10 6:07 AM
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Haven't Seagate had a lot of problems in the last year or so..
12/9/10 8:04 AM
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Yup, I wouldn't touch Seagate unless you research that particular drive number.

3.5 enclosure I'd buy $20
http://www.vantecusa.com/en/product/view_detail/374

2.5 enclosure I'd buy $20
http://www.eagletechusa.com/ET-CS2PESU2-BK.htm

3.5 drive I'd get
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245&cm_re=samsung_f4-_-22-152-245-_-Product
before these came out I used WD caviar blacks in the 1Tb model. The older model not the new one, very reliable. Read feedback on newegg.

2.5 drive I'd get
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136546

In a pre-made unit I'd buy a Western Digital 1Tb passport from Walmart for $150.
12/9/10 8:41 AM
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 Was thinking about gettin a Iomega Prestige 2TB Desktop Hard Drive (for €99).

It get decents reviews - how are Iomega for HD?
12/9/10 7:22 PM
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Cool thanks for the updated info. One of my work buddies is looking at getting a new pc.
12/10/10 5:02 AM
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12/10/10 7:45 PM
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Ferox, I don't buy premade drives beacuse I don't know what is inside them hard drive wise. There have been a pile of crappy drives made in the last year. I generally judge by newegg feedback. Just about all manufacturers 1.5tb size were junk. I see there is a firmware issue listed now with the 2tb samsung I mentioned. Whatever I buy I try to make sure it has an esata port. Its 3 times faster than USB 2.0 and the 3.5 enclosure I listed comes with the bracket to clip to your motherboard. And since you are big film buff I'm sure you'll fill that 2tb.

Wait for boxing day sales at this point.

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