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Default What external hard drive are you using? - 10-28-2009, 02:58 AM

Currently I am using a 250gb Seagate but I am filling that up quickly with movies and such and I plan on getting a 1tb external HDD. Any HDD's in particular that I should look at?
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Default 10-28-2009, 04:54 PM

It doesn't matter, really. I prefer the small drives and use a 320GB Western Digital model. The 1TB models are all using desktop drives at present and are larger than the Mini 9 in some cases.


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Default 10-28-2009, 05:28 PM

I have two Western Digital externals that I've been happy with. The USB interface means colossal transfers (10s or 100s of GB) are slow, but the speed is adequate for incremental backups, HD playback, DVD ISO burning, etc.

If you need more speed (eSATA), then building your own external might be cheaper than buying a premade one. The premades position eSATA as a pricey premium feature, despite the fact that it's almost free to add a eSATA interface to the SATA drive contained within.

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It doesn't matter, really. I prefer the small drives and use a 320GB Western Digital model. The 1TB models are all using desktop drives at present and are larger than the Mini 9 in some cases.
Several manufacturers (Seagate and WD at least) make 2.5" form factor 1TB drives. They're taller than normal (12.5mm vs 9.5mm), so they won't fit in most laptops, but they'll also available as USB-powered externals, which will work with any computer.


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Default 10-28-2009, 07:05 PM

Networked WD 1TB drive connected to AEBS so nothing is connected to computer. Movies streamed from 1TB drive to the TV via Xbox. If I have to connect an external drive to the computer I use WD Passport 160gig


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Default 10-28-2009, 10:49 PM

250gb slim western digital ftw!
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Default 10-29-2009, 12:03 PM

I have 4TB connected to my desktop Mac, 2 via Firewire 2 via eSata. For my mini I'm using the original 160G drive in the case from the external USB drive I bought once I put that 500G drive into my mini10v.


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Default 11-01-2009, 07:51 PM

western digital slim 400gb. I also have a couple of small extra laptop HDs that I,ve put into cheapie hd enclosures (from dealextreme.com)
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Default 11-06-2009, 07:26 PM

I'm currently using a WD Sharespace 4TB NAS hooked up to my Belkin N1 Vision (N) router. While wireless is not the best idea if your file sizes are huge, for MS Office files and small # of digital photographs at a time it works fine. If I was planning to move huge files, I'd connect to a hardline and use the CAT6 gigabit E I have running through my place instead.

I use to use external HDs but with digital photography (15mp jpg / raw and video) I ran out of space pretty quick. Then I bought another external and soon I couldn't remember which external had what. That's when I decided to splurge on a NAS and put everything in one spot and just use the old externals for emergencies or to move files (sneaker net style) from work to home & vice versa.


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