Urgent~Need a branded external HDD

Discussion in 'Hardware Q&A' started by Panchu, Oct 18, 2009.

Tags:
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Panchu

    Panchu New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2006
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Kerala
    Hey guys, I have a huge movie collection and they r scattered across my many small HDDs.
    I'm running outta space and I'm plannin to buy my first large external HDD.
    I'm lookin for somethin RELIABLE.
    Should I opt for a 1Tb one? Are they crash-prone? If so wat brands should I avoid?
    Or should I opt for 500GB ones?
    Plz suggest me some good brands with casing [like the WD My Book].
    Or should I go for portable ones?
    I'm not at all aware of the price tags so please include them.
    My price range is around 4k-5k.
    Plz point out the pros n cons.
    I need to make the buy real soon, so please gimme good advises at the earliest.
     
  2. Krow

    Krow Crowman

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2008
    Messages:
    4,330
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    New Delhi
    WD My Book Essential edition is great for 5k. It needs an external power connector, is a bit bulky, but otherwise is a solid drive. You may buy if you don't plan to travel around too much with it. I have not used Seagate so I can't help you with it. Scan any HDD you buy for bad sectors and use some free HDD health monitoring softwares like once a month on it to see whether the drive is failing.

    The safest option would be to go for 2x500GB and use one drive for backup of the other.
     
  3. static_x

    static_x New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2008
    Messages:
    251
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Go for Seagate..it comes with 5 yr warranty as compare to WD with 3yr
     
  4. OP
    OP
    Panchu

    Panchu New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2006
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Kerala
    Hey thankx guys,

    I'm lookin forward to reliability. Warranty is an important factor, still I giv preference to safeguarding the data. I survived two 80GB crashes. Cant risk another one. :)

    I'm thinking of Seagate. Chkd the price, comes arnd Rs. 5500.
    Seagate Free Agent Desk 1TB

    Any reviews on the particular piece?
     
  5. desiibond

    desiibond Bond, Desi Bond!

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    9,754
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Bangalore
    @Panchu, Pick whichever is cheaper but instead of going for 1TB, better go for dual 500GB HDD (in case you are buying internal).

    For external, go for Western Digital My Passport 500GB HDD.

    Seagate has got into trouble with lot of crashes these days and it's difficult to trust their HDDs.
     
  6. Krow

    Krow Crowman

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2008
    Messages:
    4,330
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    New Delhi
    I know why you are saying that. ;) But, I agree with you. :)
     
  7. rhitwick

    rhitwick Democracy is a myth

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2004
    Messages:
    2,862
    Likes Received:
    47
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Kolkata
    @Panchu, if are too protective about ur data, go for WD Mirrored edition 1TB.
    It has, two 500GB HDD in RAID1 so, u get good data security but will get only 500GB for the cost of 1TB.

    Brand, don't believe anyone. If u loose ur precious data who cares if the warranty is 5 yrs or 5 months.
     
  8. Krow

    Krow Crowman

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2008
    Messages:
    4,330
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    New Delhi
    How much does the mirrored one cost? Only thing you can do is PRAY with HDD's these days.
     
  9. Anorion

    Anorion Sith Lord Staff Member Admin

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2008
    Messages:
    4,142
    Likes Received:
    200
    Trophy Points:
    63
    They are all going to go kaput anyway, depends on how well you handle them, and frequently maintain them. For your budget you will get a 1 TB external with power supply, or a 500 GB external without a power supply. If you are not going to move around with the data too much, I suggest you go for the 1TB one. Seagate and WD are both equally good in my expirience, but I like the way the 1TB WD looks more than the the 1TB seagate, which is a very common buy. It's also slightly larger, the seagate one I mean.
     
  10. desiibond

    desiibond Bond, Desi Bond!

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    9,754
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Bangalore
    Mirrored ones are damn costly and I don't think they are avialble inside 5k.
     
  11. Krow

    Krow Crowman

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2008
    Messages:
    4,330
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    New Delhi
    rhitwick got it after RMA of his 1TB WD My Book Essential. If it's expensive, then he's lucky. Some guy from the forum had a 640GB WD blue fail on him and he got a 750GB WD Black. WD RMA seems kind.
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Panchu

    Panchu New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2006
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Kerala
    Well guys, I finally settled for the Seagate Free Agent Desk 1TB Edition {Rs.5500].
    Its a bit bulky, but seems sturdy with a gorgeous slow blinking lighting on the front. :)
    Im not plannin on moving it arnd, juz gonna copy the contents of my other HDDs to this one and make some extra space.
    Thankx for the comments guys. :)

    Plz suggest some tips to ensure safety of the HDD such as some maintenance software or some must-do procedures.
     
  13. Krow

    Krow Crowman

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2008
    Messages:
    4,330
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    New Delhi
    Download SeaTools for Windows from the Seagate website. Perform all the tests on the drive before you copy anything to it. Look for some HDD health monitoring softwares on Google. Use one which as good reviews about once a month. Keep scanning with SeaTools also once a month.

    That being said, Dont drop it, put it in water, burn it, put pr0n in it without encrypting it with a password lock. ;)
     
  14. OP
    OP
    Panchu

    Panchu New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2006
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Kerala
    Sure thing. I'll look up a good encryption software ryt nw! :D Hehe...
     
  15. rhitwick

    rhitwick Democracy is a myth

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2004
    Messages:
    2,862
    Likes Received:
    47
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Kolkata
    Lol :twisted:

    Tu bhi na.........had kar deta hai :-D
     
  16. Krow

    Krow Crowman

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2008
    Messages:
    4,330
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    New Delhi
    My pleasure. :D :lol: :twisted:
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page