What is the best brand of external hard drive? (srs) (IT nerds GTFIH)

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  1. Satori Brah

    Satori Brah Well-Known Member

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    I've bought 3 LaCie D2 quadra hard drives and two of them have shit the bed already.
    The last one I didn't have backed up so I lost a ton of important stuff. I did a disk utility
    repair and it says the it is fine but it won't show up on my Mac. :scratch: I called LaCie
    support and it says that there's nothing that can be done :grr: fuckin thing sucks

    Anyway, I'm going to buy another one to back up what I have on the 3rd LaCie. Anyone
    know a reliable brand? The other lasted about 2 years each.
     
  2. Vyb

    Vyb serial chiller Gold

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    I've had a 1 TB Western Digital since 2008 and it has taken a beating on the road the whole time. Works great. :dontknow:
     
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    face palm Well-Known Member

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    hiding something?
     
  4. Satori Brah

    Satori Brah Well-Known Member

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    you don't know what an external HD is? :wtf:
     
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    Nurse Remulak New Member

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    You cant go wrong with Western Digital.. WD has been around since the 70s and has been in the hard drive business since then. But I am surprised you've had so many failures with your LACie cuz my LaCie Rugged has been bulletproof..

    ..and back up your shit! ;)
     
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    wigtropolis Well-Known Member

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    You aren't by chance fucking your external hard drives, are you?
     
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    Capn Crud The Pride of Cucamonga VIP Gold

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    This. Mine just keeps going.
     
  8. FOXXXONE

    FOXXXONE wut?

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    Maybe I got a lemon, but my experience with WD was shittiness.

    I don't know what your needs are, but I'd feel safe with anything from these guys, very good company:

    OtherWorldComputing


    I've owned several and had zero problems. In the last year, I've taken a different approach that a few geeks warned me against, but if you're reasonably careful and store your HDs in static bags it is AWESOMEness:

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    Lemmy Douchebag Extraordinaire Gold

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    If my computer and backup drive (WD) both got destroyed my life really wouldn't skip a beat. I'd just have to find my favorite porn clips again. :dontknow:
     
  11. Suzy

    Suzy Active Member

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    If the stuff that you lost is that important, try this place. They have a really high success rate at recovering data. We had a hard drive go bad and thought we lost a boat load of client data and they recovered 98% of our files.

    http://www.krollontrack.com/data-recovery/
     
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    Mack Well-Known Member

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    ^ that
     
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    Cats have barbed dicks
     
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    Caster Fly New Member Banned User

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    Grab a cheap western digital HD off eBay and put it into one of these...

    Mac or PC $7.00

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/HGST/0STOUROEXT3/

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    I have 2 Western Digital and they both work great. Whatever you do stay away from Seagate. Something went wrong on mine and there is no reset for it, they want like $50 to call customer service.
     
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    Satori Brah Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone for your advice.

    I'll look into this. Thank you!
     
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    someone hacked dog shits account.
     
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    It depends, how much porn are you trying to store?
     
  20. newcastlefan

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    Seagate makes many different levels of drives. the cheapest ones they sell are not made by them: a few years ago Seagate bought Maxtor. Maxtor made all the bargain basement drives that stores like CompUSA sold as their home in house brand, usually as loss-leaders. you don't get any bargains when you buy a cheap Seagate because you're basically buying a Maxtor throw-away drive. Seagate's mid-range to top of the line drives are great and last for 3-5 years on average, but you get what you pay for.

    Western Digital has two grades of drives: shit and great with no in between. Generally they achieve stability by writing slower so your actual throughput is mediocre but reliable. Seagate's top end are screamers; you want them for databases and video media server arrays.

    The big issue is a decision the remaining drive manufacturers reached about 4 years ago: they decided not to engage in price wars anymore. for example, Seagate refuses to discount their better drives now. They also decided they will not offer 5 year warranties anymore. i think 2 or 3 yrs is the most now. This allows them to have a higher defective ratio.

    All this works out to: you used to be able to shop for discounted, incredibly good quality drives. You can't do that anymore: if you want really good drives, you have to pay retail for them now.

    The alternative is to get middle-of-the road drives and subscribe to a good online backup company (thus, NOT carbonite) like Mozy or Backblaze.

    Mozy is owned by EMC, and you don't get better network storage than EMC (its the choice of the Fortune 100) but it costs. Backblaze is more affordable and tries harder IMHO. The test of an online storage service is not how fast or how much you can backup, but how fast you can recover. I tested Mozy, Backblaze, and Carbonite with the same system and data over the same connection.

    All three backed up my 3TB in about a week, but when i wiped the drives and then tried to recover, there were big differences. Mozy and Backblaze both restored 1TB in 6 days running 24x7. had I let Carbonite continue they would probably still be trying to restore my data 2 years later.

    Mozy would normally be my choice, because EMC gives me that warm, fuzzy feeling that my data is going to be there forever if i want it to. Backblaze is a startup company with similar performance stats to Mozy, and they cost far less annually to archive unlimited volumes of data because you pay per PC backed up, not per how much data you store.

    Currently I use Backblaze.