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Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: iaJim
Date: December 20, 2018 10:42AM
I have a G-drive 1 tb that just bit the dust, so I'm going to be buying a new drive. Are there any that you would recommend or conversely those you would avoid? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 20, 2018 10:59AM
All drives fail, not if, but when. ;) Assuming the gdrive was prob a pretty old anyway?

If you are just going with 1 TB again, Id go with a portable drive. Less heat, less noise, less power.

IMHO, brand is irrelevant.





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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: Buck
Date: December 20, 2018 11:03AM
I would probably avoid anything that spins. SSD all the way!
And no external power supplies.
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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: FormerlySaleenl
Date: December 20, 2018 11:22AM
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If you list drives you're considering, I can let you know if we've seen a lot of feedback (good or bad) about them.

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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: December 20, 2018 11:33AM
Avoid any that are being thrown at your head.
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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: December 20, 2018 12:07PM
Duck!

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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 20, 2018 12:15PM
Thats clearly a goose. Camera





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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: December 20, 2018 12:17PM
back up - seagate or wd buss powered 2.5".
I bought a 2G seagate for $60 in Feb, that was rec'd by someone here. It's quiet and has been put through a decent amount of work. I use it for CCC once a month, for 2 partitions; or when the moon aligns with Jupiter. And backing up music, film and TV rips, as a separate pass on a 3rd partition.

working - glyph studio spinner or quality ssd. I have a 5yo 1T glyph that is a daily working drive. Glyph seems to have the bridgeboard design down. I've used them for around 20 years. I have shipped them around the world with nary a blip. US designed and built.
It has an IEC cord not a wall wart. I will not use wall wart drives no matter who's name is on it. Too many bad experiences. I have working friends that have had "G's" drop at most inconvenient times.
I've used avastor, rocstor, & lacie with good results, but I don't own any for the long term.

OBTW, last I recall, in conversation with the Sound Devices (location sound gear; and Video Devices as well), they were spec'ing OWC SSDs for their gear. SD/VD make the most respected location mixer/rec'rs & video rec'rs on the planet. US designed and built.

There is also a WD 120G drive in my brothers circa '99 iMac that I pulled from my old beige. It's still quite happy and regularly used.

YMMD.



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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: December 20, 2018 02:04PM
Some of the brand name externals: Seagate, WD, etc. Seagate's enclosures, based on the ones we have had, are crap. You might think the drive has failed, when it is actually the enclosure that has crapped out. They are a royal pain to pry open so that you can extract the drive to test it.

Get a decent enclosure and put in your bare drive of choice.



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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 20, 2018 02:13PM
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ka jowct
Some of the brand name externals: Seagate, WD, etc. Seagate's enclosures, based on the ones we have had, are crap. You might think the drive has failed, when it is actually the enclosure that has crapped out. They are a royal pain to pry open so that you can extract the drive to test it.

Get a decent enclosure and put in your bare drive of choice.

I think thats more the case (pun intended) of 3.5" drives.

2.5" drives are composed of the drive, a small bridge board and thats it.





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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: December 20, 2018 05:47PM
And yet one of our small Seagate drives crappped out, also. And yes, it was the crappy enclosure.

You can buy an enclosure for $12 on Amazon that is better than what Seagate uses. I guess they just want people to toss the drives and buy a new one, regardless of what is at fault. And those cheap Inateck enclosures are brain-dead easy to open and install a drive into.



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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: billb
Date: December 20, 2018 07:03PM
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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: December 20, 2018 07:34PM
HGST is probably the best.

WD bought them, but HGST drives still seem to last longer than others on average, and that includes the whole WD line.

So, I suggest replacing your G-Drive with another G-Drive.



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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: December 20, 2018 10:41PM
I just picked up a 2.5" HGST 1TB drive in the clear enclosure during the last OWC Garage Sale.

I've been getting Toshiba 3.5" drives: so far, so good. Before that, I stuck to HGST until they phased out the old models in favor of NAS drives and much more expensive enterprise models. The NAS drives should be fine for use in external enclosures, though. I have one of them in an OWC enclosure.



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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: December 21, 2018 12:57AM
Stay away from the 80 MB Micropolis drives.



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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: h linamen
Date: December 21, 2018 06:34AM
Why even worry about using an enclosure? Why not just use a dock which will function with multiple drives?

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ka jowct
Some of the brand name externals: Seagate, WD, etc. Seagate's enclosures, based on the ones we have had, are crap. You might think the drive has failed, when it is actually the enclosure that has crapped out. They are a royal pain to pry open so that you can extract the drive to test it.

Get a decent enclosure and put in your bare drive of choice.
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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: h linamen
Date: December 21, 2018 06:37AM
Is the use of a dock no longer in favor with techies? A dock can be used with multiple drives unlike an enclosure.
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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: December 21, 2018 11:25AM
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jdc
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ka jowct
Some of the brand name externals: Seagate, WD, etc. Seagate's enclosures, based on the ones we have had, are crap. You might think the drive has failed, when it is actually the enclosure that has crapped out. They are a royal pain to pry open so that you can extract the drive to test it.

Get a decent enclosure and put in your bare drive of choice.

I think thats more the case (pun intended) of 3.5" drives.

2.5" drives are composed of the drive, a small bridge board and thats it.

Poor quality bridge boards can fail, and do. The advantage of the 2.5" external drives is not having a PS that can fail, the bridge boards are pretty much the same in both sizes of drives.
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Re: Any external hard drives to avoid?
Posted by: iaJim
Date: December 22, 2018 11:28AM
Thanks for all of your input. I'm going to go shopping.
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