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Old 06-04-2005, 01:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i'm looking to pick up a large external drive and i'm looking for recommendations.

any particular brand/model i should get or any i should stay away from. money is an object and i'm looking to spend <$350.00 or so.

any advice would be apprectiated.

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Old 06-04-2005, 01:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've always had good luck with lacie plus they have great customer service.

http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=10491

the drives are normally formatted for a mac, but they are more then easy enough to reformat for windows.
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Re: 300GB-400GB external drive recommendations
Old 06-04-2005, 05:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Seagates Johnny and start looking into striped raid.
300-400gigs of data is a lot of data to lose. Even if you have it backed up. If you are getting up to that amount then you probably are needing it for the quick access therefore you are not ever going to want to be without it.

I have had some very good personal success with Western Digital but if I were in your situation I would only go for Seagate.

By the way I think Lacie uses Seagate drives.

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Re: 300GB-400GB external drive recommendations
Old 06-04-2005, 07:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey Johnny,

I use Maxtor they have worked for me over the past 3 or 4 years, I have a couple of then one 180gb and on of 200gb haven't had any problems at all with them. They are small enough to fit in my laptop bag and take on the road too.

Here is a link, I have not used this online store but the price looks good.
Maxtor external hard drive

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Re: 300GB-400GB external drive recommendations
Old 06-04-2005, 09:07 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Here is what you need:

Seagte 300 GB $172 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148067
Bytecc USB 2.0 inclosure $30 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817145314

I have three of these configured like this. Works great.
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Old 06-04-2005, 10:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Just bought a Lacie 500GB and love it..

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...677152-2597650
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maybe I\'m paraniod. . .
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(hence my signature) but 300 gigs is a lot of data to lose if a drive goes bad. . . and they do go bad. For this reason I stick to under 200 gig drives and retire them as I fill them. (Much cheaper that data recovery costs) Also I'm not familiar with raid technology but what happens to the data if one of the drives goes bad?
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Re: maybe I\'m paraniod. . .
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There are three main types of RAID.

RAID 0 allows you to take two or more drives and turn them into one large drive. You gain a performance boost read/write times, but if one of the drives fail you lose all of the data across the RAID.

RAID 1 is disk mirroring. Two drives that are a exact mirror of each other. You take a small performance hit but if one of the drives fail you have the data on the other one.

RAID 5 is three drives or more it simaliar to RAID 0 but it has parity. If one of the drives fail you can easily rebuild the RAID array due the to parity info.
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Re: maybe I\'m paraniod. . .
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only problem with raid level 5 is you lose performance.

as for hard drive sizes. I can recall going back to when my first drive was a 15MB RLL drive. yes that's MB not GB. The argument for hard drive sizes have always been around, I remember people saying that there was to much stuff on a 100MB drive and you shouldn't exceed that. LOL

Get the biggest dam drive you can afford and if the data is critical then buy 2 drives and set one up as a mirror or just turn on the 2nd once and week and copy your new stuff over. The problem with current back up methods and anyone in IT will tell you this, is that Tape Back up's are not reliable, DVD back are but the process maybe slow. When Blu-Ray drives start appearing (hopefully by the end of the year) you can atleast back up a 1/2 terabyte to only 15 BR-DVD discs.
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Re: 300GB-400GB external drive recommendations
Old 06-06-2005, 12:01 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I do the same thing, build my own, but I usually get a better deal on the harddrive just by shopping at my local Fry's. It seems like every week they have one or more 250gb up to 400gb drives on sales with 1 or 2 or 3 rebates. I just picked up a 250gb drive for a net cost of $80 after rebate. I also try to find enclosures that are very easy to get in to and I can thus rotate hard drives through the enclosures (I currently have 4 enclousres).
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