Which external USB HDD?

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Which external USB HDD?

#1 Postby matelot » Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:45 am

I'm looking at getting either a 750GB or 1TB external USB2.0 HDD for backups/storage/imaging etc. Granted that most reviews (major source is Amazon UK and FR) are subjective: if it works on delivery, it's good; if it's faulty on delivery, it's cr4p etc. In particular, I'm considering a Samsung S2 (very pleased with the reliability of my Samsung laptop), Toshiba StoreArt, then Seagate/WD. Too many poor reviews against Buffalo drives.

Has anybody got any comparisons to throw in to the pot (reliability/longevity etc.) ? I'm not anticipating any problems reformatting and using under M11.

Many thanks.

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Re: Which external USB HDD?

#2 Postby ko » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:00 am

I have very good experiences with both:

Verbatim 500 GB USB3.0 hard disk.....which is actually a ST950032 5AS (Seagate).
Medion 2TB USB3.0 hard disk............which is actually a HD204UI (Samsung).

Both have been used since early April 2011.

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Re: Which external USB HDD?

#3 Postby Eadwine Rose » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:13 am

Re verbatim. My dad bought one a few days ago, wanted partitions and I used the partition manager that was on the mepis final livedvd to do so. He was too scared to do this in windows :laugh: so I popped the livedvd in the laptop and that did the job in about 2 mins.

It's a good drive with a proper transfer speed. At least.. so sayeth my dad :smile:
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Re: Which external USB HDD?

#4 Postby uncle mark » Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:41 am

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Re: Which external USB HDD?

#5 Postby matelot » Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:37 pm

Looking at newegg reviews, I'm tempted to drop Toshiba and look more closely at a WD My Passport USB 3.0. Overall, too much choice...
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Re: Which external USB HDD?

#6 Postby Eadwine Rose » Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:04 pm

I am going to tell you what a friend told me:

Toshiba, Samsung, Seagate.. all good looks, all same Japanese poop (dang that other one is a regular word here in NL guys :laugh:) inside.


Just pick one that is the right size for you and works in linux, and that's it :smile:
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Re: Which external USB HDD?

#7 Postby m_pav » Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:42 pm

I agree in part that they are all similar, though some drives draw more power from USB ports than do others.

USB 2.0 specs only stipulate 5v at 0.5a, (500ma), and only in the last 2 years or so have manufacturers of external drives been producing units that can run on less than half an ampere of current.

Check the current rating of the drive you are purchasing and if you intend to plug it into an older desktop system with front ports, or an early model netbook, make sure the drive you're getting uses less than 500ma.

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Re: Which external USB HDD?

#8 Postby harold95 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:47 pm

i use a wdd. my book. no problems. in use for years.
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Re: Which external USB HDD?

#9 Postby DBeckett » Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:59 pm

I've had a WD Passport 250 for years. It's been a workhorse. I split it into a smallish NTFS partition, and the rest ext3.
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Re: Which external USB HDD?

#10 Postby malspa » Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:17 pm

harold95 wrote:i use a wdd. my book. no problems. in use for years.


Same here, Western Digital MyBook about three years old now. Only 320 GB, small by today's standards, but way more than enough for me.


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