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  • Deleted user 29 January 2010 16:29:01
    Western Digital Essentials 1TB are cheap and reliable. I got two for Ä150. Bargain.
  • nickthegun 29 Jan 2010 16:29:58 55,912 posts
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    Depends on how big it is. Similar deal with USB.

    Ive got 4 x 500gb LaCie 2.5" HDDs sat in front of me, all firewire, none of which need external power.

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  • trip919 5 Feb 2010 21:11:06 2,249 posts
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    Hello people. Can you help me?


    Iím in need of a 2TB hard drive and Iíve narrowed it down to the two below, because Iíve already got hard drives from both these companies and theyíve been excellent (and they are the cheapest at moment, prove me wrong, I dare you!).

    The problem is Iíve heard conflicting reports about these two.

    Western Digital: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002KPW5KQ/
    People seem to think the file transfer rate is painfully slow, apparently if you remove the software installed it speeds it up. Is the transfer rate still crap even if you do this?

    Seagate Expansions: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002I3BINU/
    People claim this starts making annoying clicking sounds after using it for so long. Can anyone vouch for this?

    Thanks to all who can offer any helpful advice!

  • BartonFink 26 Mar 2010 22:22:44 34,779 posts
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    Kerbumpage.

    Looking for something decent at the moment mainly for backing up old photos and storing the ones from the new camera. Not exactly rolling in dosh at the moment so Ä80-90 is prolly the limit for the moment. Will get another one later on in the summer when we have more dosh.

    Ideas?
    http://www.komplett.ie/k/ki.aspx?sku=496273
  • thomasbeff 26 Mar 2010 22:57:28 437 posts
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    I'd go with this
    http://www.komplett.ie/k/ki.aspx?sku=462346

    Its small and tidy and if its just photos then 250 GB should be plenty.
  • Deleted user 26 March 2010 23:02:06
    If you want a 3.5" external drive you can have one of mine, got about 3 of the buggers I don't use.
  • BartonFink 26 Mar 2010 23:27:36 34,779 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    If you want a 3.5" external drive you can have one of mine, got about 3 of the buggers I don't use.
    Seriously?
  • Deleted user 26 March 2010 23:28:28
    Got a few 400GB jobs lying about, yeah.
  • Deleted user 26 March 2010 23:46:30
    I've had a nightmare trying to get my laptop to recognize my external drive. Given up on it for now.

    Followed the instructions to the letter too!
  • BartonFink 26 Mar 2010 23:49:59 34,779 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    Got a few 400GB jobs lying about, yeah.
    PM me :D
  • Deleted user 26 March 2010 23:50:48
    Fuck off, you PM me :)
  • BartonFink 26 Mar 2010 23:54:53 34,779 posts
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    CrispyXUK wrote:
    Fuck off, you PM me :)
    I did :D
  • HiddenAway 12 May 2010 21:20:20 14,789 posts
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    Bumpety

    Sorry for a slight hijack, but what is the consensus on network hard drives? With 5 computers in the family, I'm looking at network storage to keep single copies of music or videos or even for backups to save space and stop a constant "the file is on computer B, not this one" scenario.

    Any recommendations or is it advised to steer clear?

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  • stephenb 12 May 2010 21:38:24 2,677 posts
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    I have ordered a NAS and it should be here in the next couple of days. My mate has six or seven in his house and he loves them. All connected to his 4 PC's and PS3. As far as he is concerned they are the best thing since baked blobs of flour & yeast came in easily toasted divisions.

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  • HiddenAway 12 May 2010 21:47:31 14,789 posts
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    stephenb wrote:
    I have ordered a NAS and it should be here in the next couple of days. My mate has six or seven in his house and he loves them. All connected to his 4 PC's and PS3. As far as he is concerned they are the best thing since baked blobs of flour & yeast came in easily toasted divisions.

    Do let me know what you think :-)

    Though I fear for your mate. They seem expensive to have 6 or 7 :S

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  • stephenb 12 May 2010 21:50:16 2,677 posts
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    He lives at home with his parents and is loaded. . . cunt!

    He also has one of those media streamer units too. I shudder to think what it all cost him.

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  • Bremenacht 12 May 2010 22:10:45 15,772 posts
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    HiddenAway wrote:
    Bumpety

    Sorry for a slight hijack, but what is the consensus on network hard drives? With 5 computers in the family, I'm looking at network storage to keep single copies of music or videos or even for backups to save space and stop a constant "the file is on computer B, not this one" scenario.

    Any recommendations or is it advised to steer clear?
    A lot depends on how much you want to spend.

    I've got one of these to see how I get on with NAS, and so far it's been Ok, even with just one disc, for streaming SD video and music. Longer term, I'll build my own file server with more discs. If you're likely to have two concurrent users or more, you'll need at least a two-disc NAS box.

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  • L_Franko Moderator 14 Oct 2011 10:45:31 9,691 posts
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    Having some trouble getting my external hard drive to connect properly to my work laptop, which is the only laptop I use it with.
    It isn't showing up in the drives but does show up in the control panel > devices and printers section with the yellow exclamation mark saying needs troubleshooting. I try the troubleshooting but it keeps saying failed.
    Anyone had experience with something like this before and is there a quick fix? First time I've had any trouble getting it connected though it is the first time I've tried connecting it at work. Tried it with the laptop both in and out of the docking station with no joy.
  • mrpon 14 Oct 2011 10:48:41 27,647 posts
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    Drivers?

    Give yourself £5 or Ĺ gig, you're worth it.

  • nickthegun 22 Aug 2012 17:15:39 55,912 posts
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    Its just a backplane and a normal drive.

    Disappointing, I know, because I expected to find rainbows and unicorns in it the first time I cracked one open.

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  • mrpon 22 Aug 2012 17:17:38 27,647 posts
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    Sausages

    Give yourself £5 or Ĺ gig, you're worth it.

  • nickthegun 22 Aug 2012 17:21:32 55,912 posts
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    You can but it is my experience that when the backplane goes it takes the drive out with it, so whichever goes first you are pretty much screwed.

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  • nickthegun 22 Aug 2012 17:30:32 55,912 posts
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    I dunno what it does. i just know that when you take a drive out of the caddy its incredibly rare that you can get any data off it.

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  • whatthefu 31 Oct 2012 18:43:45 823 posts
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    Who usually does quiet and reliable drives?
    I bought a seagate one about 6months ago, and now having made my pc quieter, all i can hear is the damn drive. Much louder than my old Western Digital one.
  • dominalien 31 Oct 2012 18:57:05 6,742 posts
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    Yes, I bought a 5900rpm 2TB Seagate last year and while it works well, it's horribly loud, especially when spinning up and down - to the point that I had to disable the automatic sleep so it wouldn't wake me in the night.

    My other external drive, a WD My Book Studio 1TB is whisper quiet in comparison.

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