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External Storage - July 8th 2009, 09:24 PM

I am in some desperate need of external storage. Usually I would be the guy to go to to ask things like this but... external storage is not my area.

What's available for external storage? I need at least 50GB, but probably a lot more within a year or two. I need something that's going to hold data without having a chance at corrupting it easy. I've seen that happen with a lot of friend's external storage devices. What would hold data the best without corrupting?
It would mostly be holding pictures and some music. Nothing I would think that needs to be accessed too often.
Someone said something about using solid-state drives, but I was under the impression those are still really expensive, plus I won't know how well it would stand up to read/write actions and for how long.

I'm pretty sure I can only connect to it by USB, I'll have to check my other computer for Firewire. I have an eSATA port too on my laptop, but it's mainly going to be used for a desktop.

So, what do you people recommend?
   
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Re: External Storage - July 8th 2009, 09:35 PM

External storage is one of those things where it depends on what you're willing to spend really. You can get big chunky 500GB external drives for about £40-50, and even 1TB drives if you want.
So how much is your budget, and I can go into more details =)




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Re: External Storage - July 8th 2009, 10:23 PM

Hmm... I'd say up to $100-150 (about £100? Not sure), but I'm really not even sure of the prices of these things
   
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Re: External Storage - July 9th 2009, 01:48 PM

Alright, when I ran it through a currency converter, $150 = £92 , so okay, that helps me a wee bit ^^;
For around that price, you could probably get a nice 1TB drive which will probably take care of all storage needs you could ever have. Make a quick search around at various sites and you can probably find what you're looking for, though unless you really need high end speeds, I'd probably advise against sold state, since they can be a bit pricey. They can be a bit on the bulky side, but I'm guessing you probably don't need mobility as much.
There's this one :
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Looks like quite a decent deal and it's not even that bulky looking. =)




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Re: External Storage - July 9th 2009, 02:14 PM

Just don't play football with it and keep it steady when it's spinning and there's no reason why your data should be corrupted. I'd say your friends were moving their drives while they were spinning.
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Re: External Storage - July 16th 2009, 06:12 AM

IM AFRAID OF THOSE THINGS they cost so much. and their reliablity is pretty bad.

Go on amazon or New egg, check all the brands. They all have high failure rates. Regardless of brand.. it really depends on the model...

OR the users are tough and play foot ball with it.

Either way. Harddrives are really really sensative devices.
   
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Re: External Storage - July 16th 2009, 06:44 AM

Actually they are not very expensive, I saw a 120GB at walmart the other day at 60dls which is not bad if you consider it. And they came in diffrent colors.


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Re: External Storage - July 16th 2009, 05:18 PM

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IM AFRAID OF THOSE THINGS they cost so much. and their reliablity is pretty bad.

Go on amazon or New egg, check all the brands. They all have high failure rates. Regardless of brand.. it really depends on the model...

OR the users are tough and play foot ball with it.

Either way. Harddrives are really really sensative devices.
As Union of V said though, it all depends on how you treat it. Generally bumps and falls are very bad for them, but as long as they don't receive any bumps and falls, they'll generally last you for years.




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Re: External Storage - July 16th 2009, 08:18 PM

I saw a 1.5TB one for €120 pity I have no use for one...

I do have an old 20GB VAIO that's been thrown around for 4 years (10% corrupted...) and that still works perfectly. Many non-tech people only write reviews when something breaks, remember...
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