+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 16 of 16
  1. #1

    External Hard Drive advice

    I need to back my PC up and I was looking on amazon for a drive. All the top picks on there seem to have horrible reviews. Anyone got any suggestion?

  2. #2
    Ranger
    2600klub

    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    11,410
    BG Level
    9
    FFXIV Character
    Sonomaa Kihten
    FFXIV Server
    Gilgamesh
    FFXI Server
    Bahamut
    WoW Realm
    Durotan
    Blog Entries
    12

    western digital NAS is my go to for external backup, that being said, almost everything I want to backup I can to a google drive for 20 bucks a year. I dont like the idea of backing things up to moving part drives these days

  3. #3
    2600klub
    Sweaty Dick Punching Enthusiast

    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    5,251
    BG Level
    8
    FFXI Server
    Bismarck

    Quote Originally Posted by Cichy View Post
    I need to back my PC up and I was looking on amazon for a drive. All the top picks on there seem to have horrible reviews. Anyone got any suggestion?
    Budget
    Space Requirements
    How often are you backing up
    How important are your backups

  4. #4

    I need at least 2TB. I'm gonna be buying new PC and want to move stuff over pretty much. I was hoping to spend about $100-200

  5. #5
    Special at 11:30 or w/e
    Sweaty Dick Punching Enthusiast

    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    9,677
    BG Level
    8
    FFXIV Character
    Kalmado Espiritu
    FFXIV Server
    Gilgamesh
    FFXI Server
    Sylph
    Blog Entries
    4

    Shucked a 8TB Seagate external and it's been in my PC for over a year now. Zero complaints. Spent $130 on it.

    Seagate 4TB External (STDR4000100) for $55 at Target. Your mileage may vary. Check link below and enter zip code.

    https://brickseek.com/target-invento...ku=056-02-0309

  6. #6
    2600klub
    Sweaty Dick Punching Enthusiast

    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    5,251
    BG Level
    8
    FFXI Server
    Bismarck

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalmado View Post
    Shucked a 8TB Seagate external and it's been in my PC for over a year now. Zero complaints. Spent $130 on it.

    Seagate 4TB External (STDR4000100) for $55 at Target. Your mileage may vary. Check link below and enter zip code.

    https://brickseek.com/target-invento...ku=056-02-0309
    Friends don't let friends buy Seagate.

  7. #7
    Special at 11:30 or w/e
    Sweaty Dick Punching Enthusiast

    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    9,677
    BG Level
    8
    FFXIV Character
    Kalmado Espiritu
    FFXIV Server
    Gilgamesh
    FFXI Server
    Sylph
    Blog Entries
    4

    Quote Originally Posted by Gryffes View Post
    Friends don't let friends buy Seagate.
    I have zero complaints with Seagate. Even have a 3tb drive that's been going five years strong and counting!

    Sent from my moto g(6) using Tapatalk

  8. #8
    Special at 11:30 or w/e
    Sweaty Dick Punching Enthusiast

    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    9,677
    BG Level
    8
    FFXIV Character
    Kalmado Espiritu
    FFXIV Server
    Gilgamesh
    FFXI Server
    Sylph
    Blog Entries
    4

    Quote Originally Posted by Gryffes View Post
    Friends don't let friends buy Seagate.
    I have zero complaints with Seagate. Even have a 3tb drive that's been going five years strong and counting!

    Sent from my moto g(6) using Tapatalk

  9. #9
    2600klub
    Sweaty Dick Punching Enthusiast

    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    5,251
    BG Level
    8
    FFXI Server
    Bismarck

    I'd probably go with this: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Passpor...dp/B01LQQHBK8/

    $97 for 4tb

    Re:Kal - checkout backblaze drive failure rates , the main other issue w/ seagates aside from industry leading failure rates is how they fail, when they fail they typically wreck the platter and the data is unrecoverable vs every other brand that has read head><platter protection.

  10. #10

    thanks all!

  11. #11
    Ironing this Thread
    Sweaty Dick Punching Enthusiast

    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    18,664
    BG Level
    9
    FFXIV Character
    Boyiee Star
    FFXIV Server
    Gilgamesh
    WoW Realm
    Kel'Thuzad

    Bestbuy just had a 10TB USB 3.0 for $160, might be able to catch that again or similar.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapcsal...m_source=share

  12. #12
    Ironing this Thread
    Sweaty Dick Punching Enthusiast

    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    18,664
    BG Level
    9
    FFXIV Character
    Boyiee Star
    FFXIV Server
    Gilgamesh
    WoW Realm
    Kel'Thuzad

  13. #13
    Ironing this Thread
    Sweaty Dick Punching Enthusiast

    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    18,664
    BG Level
    9
    FFXIV Character
    Boyiee Star
    FFXIV Server
    Gilgamesh
    WoW Realm
    Kel'Thuzad

    Quote Originally Posted by Cichy View Post
    thanks all!
    https://flash.newegg.com/Product/22-234-350

    One hour left!

  14. #14

    thx got one

  15. #15
    Special at 11:30 or w/e
    Sweaty Dick Punching Enthusiast

    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    9,677
    BG Level
    8
    FFXIV Character
    Kalmado Espiritu
    FFXIV Server
    Gilgamesh
    FFXI Server
    Sylph
    Blog Entries
    4

    Quote Originally Posted by Gryffes View Post
    I'd probably go with this: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Passpor...dp/B01LQQHBK8/

    $97 for 4tb

    Re:Kal - checkout backblaze drive failure rates , the main other issue w/ seagates aside from industry leading failure rates is how they fail, when they fail they typically wreck the platter and the data is unrecoverable vs every other brand that has read head><platter protection.
    I was unaware about the read head on the platter. Good info! If I was to buy another internal 7200 I'd for sure be looking at HGST although my last purchase was a 6TB WD Black off Ebay and I have zero complaints for that one either.

  16. #16
    Salvage Bans
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    837
    BG Level
    5
    FFXIV Character
    Niya Kouya
    FFXIV Server
    Odin

    My go-to choice for hard drives has been WD for the last 10+ years since they have decent prices and so far no drive has failed me. Heck, even my NAS that is running on 2TB WD green(!) HDDs since 2011 hasn't had any issues yet, even after I used it for tor-renting (sorry, apparently tripped the pirate filter with that word) for ~4 years.
    External HDDs can be hit and miss. Definitely avoid 3rd party companies like Intenso, they just stuff any drive they can get into those cases, and we had quite awful failure rates on those with our customers who use them for backup rotations.
    There's also always the option to get a regular internal HDD and a USB enclosure.

Quick Reply Quick Reply

  • Decrease Size
    Increase Size
  • Remove Text Formatting
  • Insert Link Insert Image Insert Video
  • Wrap [QUOTE] tags around selected text
  • Insert NSFW Tag
  • Insert Spoiler Tag

Similar Threads

  1. Laptop Hard Drive Advice
    By Stu in forum Tech
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 2010-10-18, 19:24
  2. The "Best" external hard drive?
    By Phla in forum Tech
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 2010-06-18, 04:39
  3. Very odd External Hard Drive issue...
    By Greatguardian in forum Tech
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 2009-10-25, 02:29
  4. XB360 and external hard drive
    By Arrmani in forum Tech
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 2009-01-21, 09:01
  5. Looking to buy an external hard drive...
    By Tormentormike in forum Tech
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 2008-12-14, 11:12