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external hd q

Discussion in 'Computing' started by ThirdBird, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    are there any solid external usb hard drives that are worth their salt under $100?

    seagate or wd?
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I confess to not having checked any out in the past three or four years. I make my own. Most of the externals out there run at 5400rpm which is not fast enough. Also, some of the interface chips for the usb/1394/esata etc are not well designed. I like Seagate generally but their first gen Free Agent Pro was notorious for locking up from the USB/eSATA card getting too hot. When I use it for large data transfers I stick a blue ice pack underneath to prevent that issue.

    Now, don't get me wrong. I love external enclosures for both 3.5" and 2.5" drives. I use Vantec, Macally, and Mapower. It just isn't obviously cheaper to build them yourself anymore by default unless you need particular specs.
  3. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    thank you, but i guess i should have specified that this was for just general data backup, not for any audio production... sorry about that.

    (i know i know its an audio forum)
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Any standard WD or Seagate offering. Costco or Newegg usually have sales on something. I still stay away from >1Tb drives but thats just personal.

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