So I need an external hard drive and I don't want to spend a crap load of money. I've been looking at some westin ones at Newegg.com but I'm not sure how to tell if I'm looking at a good one. The reviews on most of the external drives seem to be mixed. Some people love them, others hate them.
Does anyone have a decent size/price one they can recommend that has some longevity?
9/9/08 11:16 -
What are you planning to use it for? It's purpose will effect how much space you need which will impact the final price.
If you're just backing up a few topless cell phone pics you can probably get away with a really cheap USB memory stick. But if you're backing up all of the raw footage for your "never to be released" sex tape you'll probably need something a bit larger.
From: Olney, MD
9/9/08 13:25 -
From what I see here at work I would def suggest an enclosure with a fan. Ive seen too many without fan just die. Also Im sure some of us could just buy a nice drive and put it in a nice enclosure for cheaper than you can get it in the stores..... I would say 500GB would be a good starting place. Maxtor, Western Digital are going to be your top players. I would not recommend IOMagic.
9/9/08 14:54 -
Basically I have a 40GB hard drive on my lap top and right now 38GB is being used by music files. I kind of want the external hard drive to be the place I rip CDs to and stuff so that I can leave the hard drive in the computer open for other stuff.
9/10/08 05:24 -
LaCie is what I have. They recommended it at school. So it may be overkill for your needs. But mine is great.
9/10/08 06:30 -
What kind of inputs does your laptop have? Do you have USB 2.0 or Firewire 400/800?
9/10/08 08:15 -
Only USB 2.0
I wish I had firewire. I had a huge issue trying to edit a video for a class last semester because I couldn't hook the camera up to my laptop to get the video off because I didn't have a firewire connection.
9/10/08 11:03 -
Manda ended up getting a drive that supported both USB and firewire so she could use it at home (USB) and at school (firewire). Is that something you'd need?
9/10/08 11:51 -
No. Maybe sometime in the future but that would be after I got a new computer and got a video camera (I had been using my parents). So at this point, nothing I own has firewire or requires it.