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Old Apr 5, 2011, 5:17 PM   #1
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I'm in the market for a 1 TB external hard drive for backing up photos and such. Researching at different selling sites have giving very mixed reviews on all brands. Can anyone here suggest a good reliable one?

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Old Apr 5, 2011, 6:03 PM   #2
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I use Seagate drives. I have a 500GB and a 1.5TGB in my netgear storage central both of which have been very reliable. I also have a 500GB in my laptop and 2x 750GB ones in my desktop unit.

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At different times, as I seem to recall, all of the drive makers have had reliability problems with some models. As a backup, there shouldn't be a big problem, though. The concept is to have a primary and a backup, so if one fails, you can recover from the other. Extremely unlikely to have both fail at once. Just don't keep all your eggs in one basket.

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Hi All,

I'm in the market for a 1 TB external hard drive for backing up photos and such. Researching at different selling sites have giving very mixed reviews on all brands. Can anyone here suggest a good reliable one?

Thanks

Scott
Most of the generic 1TB external drives use Seagate hard drives. I have a
Medion 1TB external drive which is based on a Seagate drive. So far, it
has been reliable.

I also have a 640GB Maxtor external drive. This has been in regular use
for more than two years. The drive unit has been reliable but the 12V
power supply is very flaky. Maxtor is part of Seagate and this unit
is based on a Seagate drive.

I have 1TB internal drives made by Samsung and Seagate which have
also proven to be very reliable.

1TB drives have been around for more than three years. Most of them
are very reliable. The manufacturers warranty is often much longer than
12 months.

Good advice from VTphotog. These drives are quite reliable, but all
drives will fail eventually. Make sure you have independent backups
of everything.

If your computer has an eSATA connector, I would recommend a
drive with dual USB/eSATA interface. eSATA is much faster than
USB2, so your external drive will be just as fast as a SATA internal
drive.
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An external drive will always be less reliable than an internal drive. If you want a backup, install a second internal drive. It's more reliable and it's cheaper.
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Thank you everyone for your advice. I'll probably get an external and internal drive for back-up. A couple of years ago I had a drive crash right after I backed up for the first time. That was a close call that I'm not gonna let happen again!!!

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Hi I have a synology disk station its network attached and has 2 tb of storage with 4 drives this I have set up raid 5 so even if a disk goes i can just replace it.
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In a RAID 5 Array, if any two drives fail, you lose everything. The more drives in a RAID 5 Array, the greater the possibility that two of them will fail. If you've only got four drives, the safest thing to do is to set up a three array, and configure the fourth as a hot spare.
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I have used a Seagate external 500GB drive for well over a year with no problems. It is just about full and I will probably pick up a new external drive this weekend. Office Depot has a Seagate 1TB FreeAgent GoFlex USB 3.0 external drive on sale starting tomorrow (Sunday) for $99.99. This a savings of $50. I prefer using an external drive because I work from either my desktop or laptop, depending on where I am. Also, when I visit my son/grandson, I take my external drive and download all the new shots my son has taken and not sent to me. If I decide not to take my laptop when I visit, I will take the external drive and use my son's computer. Sorry for the lengthy reply, but I think this is a good price for a 1TB external drive.
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Hi there sir I suggest go for Western Digital's 1TB Black version it is fast for reading and right compare to green and blue. I have Seagate 1TB before but I re sell cause of their issue of their 1TB drives. Since the release of Seagates 1TB hard drives their quality is not the same as before. I'm not a fanboy of any brand but as a PC enthusiast I've experience any brands of hard drives but I recommend Western Digital cause they have improve their quality on their drives,
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