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mymiura said: Waiting for Black Friday. What do you think we will see 2TB and 3TB drives go for? I'm out of space. I actually predict they'll be slightly more expensive.The last couple years BF deals haven't really been deals. Gotta take advantage of the truly good deals whenever they show up
donsanedrin said: Need to be careful with large hard drives such as these with such compressed platters of data.
You better not be counting on it as a vital backup solution, because these are more likely to go out on you than an internal 1TB-2TB hard drive.
Thats bull, External hard drive failures are mostly caused by user damage and inadequate cooling. External drives are the almost the same exact as their internal counterparts, only difference is the enclosure.
and yes external hard drives can be removed and used as internal drives.. just make sure the external is actually a sata or ide or whatever you need first by doing research.
adorable said: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=22-149-389&SortF... See reviews - more 1 star reviews than 5 star at Newegg. The reports of drives failing quite often isn't normal for this. I'd take online reviews with a grain of salt. You are more likely to get people complaining about a drive failing than raving about it online when it does what it's supposed to do, store data. I would also be wary of an n= 79 sample size in what is a commodity product.
$90 for a 3TB drive with a 3 year warranty is about the best I've seen around. I went ahead and purchased one to backup my HTPC. Just arrived from Staples in a shipping box that was 2x the size as the drive with NO packing material inside. That means the internal box was being knocked around pretty good.
I'm not too worried yet as the drive heads should be parked when the drive is powered off. I'm in the process of copying over about 1TB of data from one system that I need to migrate over to the system this will backup. Even at only 5400RPM this is likely quicker than transferring it over my WiFi.
These external drives are mostly meant for *backup* - so even if the failure rate is worse than average (which I doubt - read enough and you will find people railing against every single manufacturer) what you are loosing are your backups and not your primary data. Anyone who is trusting data that can't be lost to a single drive (no RAID or backups) are always going to be in for trouble.
That fact that Toshiba still gives a 3 year warranty when most others have dropped to 1-2 means a great deal to me.
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