questionslooking for a 1tb or more external hard drive…

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I recently stumbled across this nifty gadget recently:

http://www.meritline.com/showproduct.aspx?ProductID=53955&SEName=ineo-technology-25-sata-usb-30-external-hard-drive-module-with-leather-pouch-white-model-

It's a USB 3.0 compatible pouch that you can use to make your own external storage devices. I bought it last week and am waiting for it to arrive, so I can't give you a personal use story, but it seemed to me that this would be a lot easier to deal with than swapping drives in and out of a normal external enclosure.

And, to upgrade down the road you just buy a new drive.

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Thanks all. @durkzilla I just might have to try that. The price looks pretty good.

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This may not be universally true, but external drives that run off of USB power generally use laptop HDDs and clock in at 5400 RPM, while the ones requiring an external AC adaptor usually run at 7200 RPM. So you're trading off one type of convenience (no brick) for another (speed).

My solution was to buy multiples of the same series (two Seagate Expansions, a 1TB and a 2TB, bought a year apart via Black Friday sales). I keep one power brick at work, the other at home. Every couple of weeks, I make backups and swap the drives between the two locations.

If you have an extra HDD, an enclosure is a great solution. I was fresh out, and the Black Friday deals just happened to the same price as buying the two components separately.

YMMV.

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@packman711: You are right--I missed that due to the price change.

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@heymo: I didn't know that, I guess I will be sticking with a wall wart after all. Thanks.

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@heymo: For USB 2.0 devices it really doesn't matter if the drive is 7200 or 5400 RPM, and even when plugged directly into a SATA interface the performance of the drive is affected by lots of other variables (i.e. are you doing random reads and writes, or just one huge sequential read operation).

USB 3.0 and eSATA devices will be able to take advantage of higher levels of drive performance, though.

Personally, I'm solving this dilemma these days by buying nothing but 2.5" SSDs for all my hard drive needs ;-)

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@durkzilla: I have been looking at the SSD's but was told that the SSD has a finite amount of read/write sessions.

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@niloc225: that is true, but it only applies to writes. Even for high I/O rate applications, SSDs are expected to last for five or more years.

Newer versions of SSDs are designed with the write wear problem in mind, and have incorporated technology to reduce the impact.

Of course, all the mechanical hard drives I have that are that old are already retired...

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I posted this one a little while back. I bought one myself and like it a lot. It is 1TB, 7200RPM, doesn't need a power adapter, and supports USB 3. I've also had no problem using it on USB 2. It's fast, small, quiet, and feels well-built.
http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/806af591-5e1d-4ac5-bbb2-0e22fba25fce/hgst-1tb-7200rpm-touro-mobile-pro-2-5-inch-usb3-portable-hard-drive-black-htolm