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Old 05-18-2008, 10:51 AM   #1
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Default Best external hard drive?

I'm looking for a 500GB+ external hard drive. I looked at this Seagate drive and while it has loads of great reviews, there are also a lot of reviews across the internet that aren't so positive so I'm kinda undecided. I'd prefer if it were available at Circuit City but it doesn't matter as long as I get can it in some major city in the US - not online.

Any ideas? Reliability is a big concern and I wouldn't mind paying a bit more for the peace of mind, though <$200US would be better.
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Old 05-18-2008, 12:22 PM   #2
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When I toured the college I'm going to next year, a lot of people had those and liked them.

If your looking at a WD Mybook or whatever they call it, do not get the 500GB. I have seen a few that have developed controller issues with the enclosure and you need to break open the enclosure to get any data off the drive (which voids warranty).
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Old 05-18-2008, 01:37 PM   #3
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So you think the Seagate is a good choice? I'm tempted because it's relatively cheap ($100).
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Old 05-18-2008, 01:40 PM   #4
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seagate barracudas are very good so i'd think their external drives are reliable. Western Digital Caviar- not so much
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Old 05-18-2008, 03:39 PM   #5
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Anything by Seagate or Maxtor should do you just fine. Just look for one that suits your needs as far as space and portability goes.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:46 AM   #6
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The amount of reviews about failed drives worries me though... it seems like every external hard drive has its problems. :/
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