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    Nogard Laets is offline Banned Respected Member
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    Default Vol, Jyuu, ... still need help!

    for those who dont know im in the market for a external harddrive, i dont want some monster contraption and i need it to be about 400 - 600 gigs i want to spend less than 300 dollars and i want a GOOD one. one that wont breakdown in a couple months cuz i intend on keeping it for the rest of my life... or so.

    newegg seems to be an awesome site (only cuz i dont know any others)
    what do you think of these and in your HONEST opinion what would you suggest reccomend or append to this list?

    Fantom G-Force MegaDisk MDU600 600GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache USB 2.0 External Hard Drive - Retail
    Fantom G-Force MegaDisk MDU600 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache USB 2.0 External Hard Drive - Retail
    Seagate Pushbutton Backup ST3400601CB-RK 400GB 7200 RPM External Hard Drive - Retail

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    Alright, just buy a normal SATA 500GB hard drive and put it in an enclosure. It's cheap and fast.

    Something like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136014
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817201014

    Oh and quality-wise, you can trust Western Digital. I own 11 WD hard drives (4x500GB, 4x320GB, 2x120GB, 1x160GB) and I haven't any problems yet.
    Last edited by Jyuu; 09-08-2006 at 12:28 PM.

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    If you're looking for a high-quality external, might want to buy a proper external, DIY externals are cheaper, but IIRC, I remember reading they lack some features (spin-down) that a proper external would have. Having a hard-drive on full-spin all the time is bound to kill it faster than one that have a spin-down feature, I don't know though, I read it a long time ago...

    And I second Jyuu, WD drives are great.

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    Nogard Laets is offline Banned Respected Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jyuu
    Alright, just buy a normal SATA 500GB hard drive and put it in an enclosure. It's cheap and fast.

    Something like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136014
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817201014

    Oh and quality-wise, you can trust Western Digital. I own 11 WD hard drives (4x500GB, 4x320GB, 2x120GB, 1x160GB) and I haven't any problems yet.
    the price is beautiful but i wonder how to set it up, im not exactly tech inclined when it comes to most hardware... or software... or anything serious for that matter, i think its safe to assume that the enclosure is a way to make an internal drive external but i wonder how to actually do it and if it needs setup or something...

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    Just put the cables where they seem to fit. =D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jyuu
    Just put the cables where they seem to fit. =D
    hehe I would have said the same thing.

    btw steal, you know external hard drive has bigger chance to fail than internal HD, if you plug and unplugged the power source frequently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash
    hehe I would have said the same thing.

    btw steal, you know external hard drive has bigger chance to fail than internal HD, if you plug and unplugged the power source frequently.
    Just keep it powered on 24/7 but unplug the USB from the PC. If an enclosure has a SATA HD in it, you can safely plug it in and out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jyuu
    Just keep it powered on 24/7 but unplug the USB from the PC. If an enclosure has a SATA HD in it, you can safely plug it in and out.
    Why is that?

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    Because that's the way SATA is.
    That's why we have e-SATA and not e-PATA.

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    You said you wanted a small one... well shit, if you wanted full size, that isn't hard. :/
    Vol~

    thanks to Silverwmoon!

 

 
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