What is the best deal on an external hard drive?
I need an external between 500GB and 1TB for storing video and music files. Whats the cheapest? What do you think is the best deal?
So, there are two categories of external drives - portable and, well, not portable.
Portable drives are powered by the USB bus, which means no AC power adapter, hence good for attaching to a laptop without needing extra cables cluttering things up. These are generally smaller drives (2.5" form factor, like you would expect to fit inside a laptop). The highest capacity is smaller than non-portable drives, and they tend to be a little more expensive.
Non-portable drives will have an AC adapter and may have an eSATA port in addition. The biggest advantages are capacity and speed.
Are you looking for a portable drive or a non-portable drive?
You may also be able to save a lot of money if you have an old drive laying around that you could put into an enclosure.read more collapse
@kappelzs: Take a look at the Western Digital Essentials line - the 750GB model is on sale at NewEgg.com for $80 with free shipping. I have the 640GB version in this series and it has served me very well.
If you want to go to a full Terabyte, there are two Western Digital models that look good for $110:
Silver - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136641
Black - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136540
The Silver model has a three year warranty but $7 shipping.
The Black model has a one year warranty and free shipping.
@eremita: Western Digital is a brand you can buy with confidence, but realize that all hard drives that aren't SSDs are mechanical devices and have a chance of catastrophic failure. Even the SSDs have a chance of failure...
I personally have had excellent success with three different Western Digital external portable drives, but there are undoubtedly others out there with different experiences. Warranties are therefore an important consideration in your purchasing decision.read more collapse
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