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Old 11-28-2008, 12:04 PM   #1
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Best portable HDD brand?


I've become biased towards Seagate and Western Digital over the years, but I'm contemplating on purchasing a smaller HDD to carry around. I was thinking maybe a small/thin Seagate 250 GB SATA and an external closure for it, but I'm not sure.

What do you all think I should buy?
 
Old 11-28-2008, 01:04 PM   #2
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I have a USB-powered, 160GB Western Digital Passport drive. It only requires one USB port and is roughly the size of a small, pocket-sized version of The Bible.
 
Old 11-28-2008, 01:14 PM   #3
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I like my Simpletech external drive. It's 298GB (320 advertised) and 7200rpm.
 
Old 11-28-2008, 04:06 PM   #4
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I'm going to check out the prices for the the Samsung 256GB SSD and hopefully it will have a pricedrop next year or so

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I have a USB-powered, 160GB Western Digital Passport drive. It only requires one USB port and is roughly the size of a small, pocket-sized version of The Bible.
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I like my Simpletech external drive. It's 298GB (320 advertised) and 7200rpm.
How many years have you guys had these for? Also, I'm going to be pounding this HDD for the next few years; it's not just going to sit idly as a backup and it'll be running 24/7. (I need about ~200GB of space, but I don't mind using AC power sources because that's what I do with the portable one I have right now.) I carry it around a lot too, like on the bus and plane, so it shouldn't be too sensitive even though I will cover it

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Old 11-28-2008, 04:25 PM   #5
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I have a Western Digital 120GB disk which I use daily; touch wood, no problems so far. You can't use it in a hub as it needs to draw power from the USB port, but other than that, it does its job nicely. Transfer speeds are around 27MB/s:
Code:
pwc101@home:~# hdparm -Tt /dev/sdb
/dev/sdb:
 Timing cached reads:   678 MB in  2.00 seconds = 339.09 MB/sec
 Timing buffered disk reads:   82 MB in  3.04 seconds =  26.93 MB/sec
I made a case out of a sock to protect it (it's very shiny!), but it's gone with me to and from work for the last year and a half or so. So far, so good.

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Old 11-28-2008, 07:46 PM   #6
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I'm comparing these:

Western Digital My Passport Essential WDME2500TN 250GB USB 2.0 Black External Hard Drive - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136228

Seagate FreeAgent Go ST902503FAA2E1-RK 250GB 5400 RPM USB 2.0 Black External Hard Drive - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148340

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148262
 
Old 11-29-2008, 06:29 PM   #7
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I like my Simpletech external drive. It's 298GB (320 advertised) and 7200rpm.
I would rate simpletech as "avoid". The reason is that about a year ago I saw one on the shelf and asked the clerk "who makes the drive that is in it?" He couldn't tell me.

So, I googled. Turns out that Simpletech (at least, at that time) was using Hitachi Deskstar drives.

Now, Hitachi bought IBM's hard drive line. The Deskstar was an IBM drive and, arguably, was the very worst drive produced over the last 20 years. In fact, there was a class action suit against IBM for that drive and that suit was one of the motivations in IBM selling their hard drive production capability. The Deskstar was rated for duty of not more than 8 hours per day 5 days per week (!) and this was even listed in their specifications for the drive. People bought them, ran them continuously, and had failures after only months.

Unless Hitachi has reworked the drive and for some reason kept the name, the Deskstar is a major league POS. It might be OK in a portable application where it isn't run except occasionally, but why take the chance when there are other drives available for about the same money that have 5 year warranties AND are rated for continuous duty?

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Old 11-30-2008, 06:09 PM   #8
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I have had my Western Digital Passport drive since March, and it has served me quite well. I used to use it for just backing up my /home directory, but now with my latest portable being a Dell Inspiron Mini 9, limited to 16GB of HD space, I use it for pretty much everything.

For what it's worth, the drive does not get hot at all - it maintains a nice, usually 16-degrees Celsius.
 
  


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