Looking for an external hard drive

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Tony7
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I'm looking for an external 1TB harddrive.
I saw this one but would like to hear your views.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-103-LC

Its for backup copies of HD files.

Thanks.

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asda doing some cheap network drives , gigabit connection , same maker.

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I have only had 1 drive fail and that was an external Lacie HD and had the impression at the time, Lacie failure wasn't unusual.
There's probably no logic to why external should be more prone to problems, but personal experience swayed me to internal on a caddy system... for which i've bought several times from overclockers, usually seagate barracuda.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?groupid=701&catid=14&subid=1279

Bigger drives these days, means if the odd one fails, there's more to lose/backup, so a tad scarey if it's important stuff.

Tony7
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Thanks Gary and Dave, I've 1/TB, 3/500, 1/350gb internal drives and thought an external HD might be useful for extra security.

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Nigel Longman
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Tony7 wrote:
Thanks Gary and Dave, I've 1/TB, 3/500, 1/350gb internal drives and thought an external HD might be useful for extra security.

Tony

If it's security you're after an external drive is not a bad idea.

I regularly backup my system and data drives to an external disc and I now keep copies of my completed videos on a large external drive too.

My philosophy in doing this is three-fold.

Firstly if the main computer power supply fails in a destructive manner it could well destroy internal drive electronics.

Secondly because the drive is external I only run it when required thus saving on drive start-ups (a likely failure moment) and drive running time (reducing wear-out failure).

Thirdly if I want to use any of the files on another computer (maybe at a different location) I can simply connect the drive to that machine and import them.

I currently have 2 500GB Maxtor and 1 1TB Toshiba external drives, as well as a couple of old IDE drives fitted in external drive cases. (The Toshiba drive has a very bright and distracting pilot light that I turn towards the wall :eek: )

My 2p. NL

Tony7
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Thanks Nigel, yes, this external drive would only be powered up when needed and then put away.
I think I have enough internal drives, I was going to backup my HD (EX3) clips from the internal hard drive/s to the external just in case something unexpected happens.

I would always keep an Acronis backup of my system drive too btw.

Thanks for the link.

Tony.

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APR are trailing a 1TB USB2 external Verbatim drive for £73.10.

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Claire
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Just to mention that a 1TB USB drive might prove rather slow when backing up or retrieving large video files. I must confess I got very impatient with my own USB drives after moving to HD editing.

If you have an eSata connection on your computer I would suggest you take a look at the Enermax EB307ES.

http://www.enermax.co.uk/index.php?L=2&id=135

This case has both eSata and USB connections so can be used between different machines. It has a well ventilated case, some fanless cases get extremely hot, this one is fine.

I dropped a 1TB sata drive into mine and with eSata it's almost like using an internal drive.

Claire

Tony7
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Thanks Alan and Claire, yes Claire i have an eSata connection on my PC. I'll look into that too.

Thanks.

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Tony7
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Claire, I found this

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Product/28693?source=PriceGrabber

I just happen to have a spare 500gb sata HD, so this should work out all right.

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Yes, that looks like mine Tony, I would certainly buy it again.

One of my earlier eSata cases, (some other make) would not work reliably with a 1TB drive so I fitted a 500GB to that one, but the Enermax handles it perfectly and is immediately recognised by my computer, also hot plugs/disconnects with no problem on my i7 Asus P6T mbo.

Claire

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Tony - your linked enclosure looks like it ONLY has a USB external interface, so you'll still be speed-throttled to USB 2.0 speeds. (Claire's link pointed to a range of enclosure, some of which had eSATA).

Looks like you need this item instead. Note - THAT has eSATA!

Be careful out there!

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Claire
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well spotted! Sorry I missed that, quite busy here..

Claire

Tony7
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Thanks for that, I'll check that out.
EB307ES-B | SATA I&II <> USB2.0 + eSATA is the one I thought would do.
I rang microdirect and there going to ring me back to confirm.

Thanks again.

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Tony7 wrote:
EB307ES-B | SATA I&II <> USB2.0 + eSATA is the one I thought would do.

Yes - it should do - if it has eSATA, you're good to go.

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Wow, thanks Martin

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Tony7
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Got a call back and was told the EB307ES-B | SATA I&II <> USB2.0 + eSATA was just fine.
Thanks again for the QUICK advice.

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Tony7
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Received the Enermax Jazz EB307ES-B | SATA I & II <> USB2.0 + eSATA HardDrive enclosure on Saturday and only got a chance to look at it today and its perfect for what I need.

Thanks all for your help.

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