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  • AlcohollicA 1 Oct 2008 17:11:40 2,355 posts
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    Been looking for an external hard drive. They seem to be pretty cheap at the moment.

    Had my eye on this one but dont know much about them. Probably just be greedy going for a TB, 500gb would probably be fine.

    Has anyone any recomendations of which brands/models are reliable?

    Only really need it to store music/video. Would something like the one above plug into my xbox and play music/video?

    Any suggestions would be welcome. :)
  • nickthegun 1 Oct 2008 17:13:41 58,948 posts
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    Rule of storage, if you can afford it, get more than you need.

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  • HoriZon 1 Oct 2008 17:15:10 13,498 posts
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    There is a new WD portable out soon and its about 120 and its 500gig and its a lot smaller than that!

    Link:-
    http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/-/2144/1411/-/6791605/Western-Digital-500GB-My-Passport-Essential-Portable-Hard-Drive-Black/Product.html?searchtype=genre

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  • Oh-Bollox 1 Oct 2008 17:15:20 5,164 posts
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    Get a load, as storage demands will only go up. Got a TB sat next to my PC, and it's filling up much quicker than I expected.
  • HoriZon 1 Oct 2008 17:17:19 13,498 posts
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    Speaking of these drives can you leave them connected via USB 24/7 ? only asking as i tend to unplug mine when not needed.

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  • nickthegun 1 Oct 2008 17:18:34 58,948 posts
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    Depends on how eco friendly you are feeling, but you can leave them on.

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  • HoriZon 1 Oct 2008 17:21:14 13,498 posts
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    Not fussed about been eco friendly just worry that it might corrupt or something if it was always plugged in :)

    I have 2 x 320gig WD portables each one is almost full with my backup music/pictures/other backup stuff and the other is full of avi/ipod videoes.

    I also have 2 USB sticks each 8gig full of xvids and music which are always plugged into my 360 and they seem fine.

    I used to be a gamer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee.

  • ecureuil 1 Oct 2008 17:23:33 76,547 posts
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    HoriZon wrote:
    Speaking of these drives can you leave them connected via USB 24/7 ? only asking as i tend to unplug mine when not needed.

    Yes. I've had my Seagate Freeagent 500GB drive connected via USB for the best part of 9 months. I use it as a regular hard drive now.
  • AlcohollicA 1 Oct 2008 17:26:05 2,355 posts
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    Meh, 120 quid for 500gb? Dont really care about size.

    Would prefer one that didnt need to plug into the mains though.
  • HoriZon 1 Oct 2008 17:27:35 13,498 posts
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    Might just leave them plugged in then, going to buy a couple of the WD 500gig when they come out next week!

    Dont need to plug these ones in either there USB powered. What i meant buy plugged in was to the USB socket.

    I used to be a gamer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee.

  • Deleted user 1 October 2008 17:28:10
    HoriZon wrote:
    There is a new WD portable out soon and its about 120 and its 500gig and its a lot smaller than that!

    For that money you might as well go for one of these.
  • HoriZon 1 Oct 2008 17:30:14 13,498 posts
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    disussedgenius wrote:
    HoriZon wrote:
    There is a new WD portable out soon and its about 120 and its 500gig and its a lot smaller than that!

    For that money you might as well go for one of these.

    Thats mains powered not really wanting that, USB powered only!

    I used to be a gamer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee.

  • Deleted user 1 October 2008 17:32:11
    Well 'I want' doesn't get sonny-boy!

    /runs out of thread crying
  • HoriZon 1 Oct 2008 17:35:46 13,498 posts
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    disussedgenius wrote:
    Well 'I want' doesn't get sonny-boy!

    /runs out of thread crying

    Don't come back! :)

    Small is king! :D

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  • AlcohollicA 2 Oct 2008 10:38:43 2,355 posts
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    Soooo...... will any external hdd plug directly into the 360 to play media?
  • Shinji 2 Oct 2008 10:43:55 5,903 posts
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    The WD MyBook drives are brilliant. We've got five of them in the house in total, and have never had a minute's bother with them.

    No idea about playing media to the 360 on them, sorry - I know that any USB drive works fine with the PS3 as an external media drive, but I've never tried on the 360.
  • AlcohollicA 4 Dec 2008 20:31:55 2,355 posts
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    Anyone got any clue why my 1TB hard drive would say its full when I try to copy a 4gb file to it. Its got 700gb free!
  • AlcohollicA 4 Dec 2008 20:35:28 2,355 posts
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  • Kilters 4 Dec 2008 20:39:36 563 posts
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    AlcohollicA wrote:
    Anyone got any clue why my 1TB hard drive would say its full when I try to copy a 4gb file to it. Its got 700gb free!

    If its formatted in FAT or FAT32 you'll have problems with files over 4GB. Right click on the drive and look at its properties.

  • AlcohollicA 4 Dec 2008 20:51:22 2,355 posts
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    It is formatted in FAT32. Are there any benefits of this over NTFS? Can I convert it without losing all the files?

    /Is to lazy to use google.
  • buggrit 5 Dec 2008 21:04:32 5,178 posts
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    No and no.
  • HitchHiker 3 Jul 2009 16:57:54 2,764 posts
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    After returning a duff Iomega 1TB UltraMax, I'm in the market for a replacement 1Tb external drive. It's going to be used for Time Machine on my iMac.

    The WD My Book Studio Edition look quite nice, are there any other recommendations from fellow Mac users?
  • mal 3 Jul 2009 17:48:51 22,341 posts
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    Is a time machine picky about the sort of USB drive you connect to it? I'd have thought it best to just pick the best-looking drive you can afford from the manufacturer you most trust (which wouldn't be Iomega in my case, as it happens).

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  • Dan234 3 Jul 2009 20:51:34 2,232 posts
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    Any drive which can be reformatted as HFS+ can be used for Time Machine.

    Well it also allowed me to choose FAT partitions for Time Machine, but I decided not to (might have problems storing permissions or dates).
  • HitchHiker 4 Jul 2009 18:06:24 2,764 posts
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    Anyone use a Westen Digital My Book Studio Edition 1TB drive?
    They Amazon reviews seem quite positive, and other review in general.
  • Lukus 29 Jan 2010 15:44:15 19,007 posts
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    I've a friend wanting an external hard drive. What can I recommend them, so that I appear knowledgeable and awesome?

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  • Nasty 29 Jan 2010 15:48:26 4,741 posts
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    A fibre-channel SAN.

    Failing that, something that doesn't say Western Digital on it.
  • thomasbeff 29 Jan 2010 15:57:07 437 posts
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    Iomega. Cheap and largely reliable.

    Trekstor. A little more expensive but incredibly reliable.
  • Andee 29 Jan 2010 16:01:38 680 posts
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    Comet are doing decent deals at the moment, 10% off all hard drives. 1TB Iomega Select for 58.50 is not too bad.
  • whatthefu 29 Jan 2010 16:26:51 853 posts
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    Do firewire ones always need to be connected via mains?

    I'd also point against Western Digital, mine stopped being recognised for months and thankfully started working again
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