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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.

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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 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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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLi ... on&x=0&y=0

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

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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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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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