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what is best brand in 1-2 TB range

eman, Monday, 17 November 2008 19:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

right now i have a western digital my book 500gb but i kind of hate it cuz its always whirring and clicking when i'm playing music off it. need something that reads/writes quietly

eman, Monday, 17 November 2008 19:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

IT'S GOT A BLUE LED

Lower GI Joe (libcrypt), Monday, 17 November 2008 20:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://www.ohgizmo.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/2001_monolith.jpg

i was thinking of going with lacie. the small i have at work seems pretty good

eman, Monday, 17 November 2008 20:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

Corrected:

http://i35.tinypic.com/xauvdk.jpg

Lower GI Joe (libcrypt), Monday, 17 November 2008 20:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

ha

eman, Monday, 17 November 2008 20:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'm jumping up from a pair of 500s to a 1tb too and had been eyeing this one
http://www.provantage.com/seagate-st310005fda2e1-rk~7SEGR03V.htm
Seagate
FreeAgent Desk 1TB USB 2.0 7200 RPM 32MB 3.5 inch

it seemed like it got good reviews but maybe i'll check out the la cie

emple (jergins), Monday, 17 November 2008 21:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

that seagate is cheap

eman, Monday, 17 November 2008 21:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

just bought the 1 gig lacie. looks F ing beautiful

emple (jergins), Monday, 17 November 2008 21:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

from amazon?

the FBI, police and members of the hilarious rock band Korn (eman), Monday, 17 November 2008 21:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

A friend who works at a data recovery place swears by WD, but says that anything but Seagate is fine.

en i see kay, Monday, 17 November 2008 21:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Don't get LaCies, man. ALL my LaCies crashed and burned after a few years.
Data recovery dudes recommended Glyphs.

Fox Force Five Punchline (sexyDancer), Monday, 17 November 2008 22:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

i had only one lacie but it, too, crashed.

the wd mybook looks good, five years warranty and all.

Szimeon Tarbuş (☪), Monday, 17 November 2008 22:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

swears by WD, but says that anything but Seagate is fine.

my experience says the opposite lol

i would they're probably all as bad as each other, unless someone has some actual data to hand

although i have never heard anyone complain about glyphs

thereminimum chips (electricsound), Monday, 17 November 2008 22:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

glyphs are $$$$$$

the FBI, police and members of the hilarious rock band Korn (eman), Monday, 17 November 2008 23:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

1. Disks die.
2. Only rarely has one particular brand/model of disk been successfully identified as pathologically defective. (e.g., the IBM Deskstar 75G was notorious.) You rolls you the dice when you uses a disk. Choose according to factors like noise, heat, speed, appearance, etc., not reliability.
3. See 1. Plan accordingly.

Lower GI Joe (libcrypt), Monday, 17 November 2008 23:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i bought this but ended up returning it. it made weird noises and when i was packing it back in the box i could hear a small loose piece jangling around inside. nice. it was also hueg and heavy. fuck that.

found this simpletech at best buy. small, lightweight and very quiet. i'll probably get a 2nd one at some point

¯\㋡/¯ ☜㋡ (eman), Wednesday, 31 December 2008 02:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Someone needs to animate the floor of that room from 2001 so that it looks like the dance floor on "2001 Odyssey" night from "Saturday Night Fever"

snoball, Wednesday, 31 December 2008 11:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

It seems weird, every 1.5TB external, regardless of brand, seems to be badly reviewed by consumers at sites like newegg and amazon. Maybe the tech for them just is just too early and cheap right now. I'm also probably going to pick up a quad interface/firewire external terabyte drive later this year, and have been shopping for a while.

Nhex, Monday, 5 January 2009 14:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

So my iMac internal HD melted down (ironically, I am posting using the Boot Camp partition which was very small and hence not as affected by the hardware fuxors as of yet) and deeply regretting not having bought an external HD earlier, which I guess I will do... now. eman, how did that drive work out?

I'm looking get a Firewire 400/800 1tb. Kind of tempted to get this one by WD for http://www.ilxor.com/ILX/ThreadSelectedControllerServlet?boardid=74&threadid=6664050 but maybe I shouldn't cheap out on this? Would it really make a huge difference in quality to get a different model for $200-ish? My original plan was to get an OWC enclosure and a decent internal drive, but I don't have as much time right now to go shopping, though together those would cost about $180.

I don't know though, whatever money is left is gonna go to the Apple Store in a couple days... I'm way too afraid to open this thing myself, and I might be forced to replace/upgrade the internal anyway.

Nhex, Monday, 30 March 2009 00:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

the simpletech 1TB i got worked out great. i think you're right about the 1.5's not being quite there yet. only a few bux more than the western digital :B (see my first post about the issues with the wd mybook). i also made sure to get the firewire 400/800

¸„ø¤º°¨º¤ø „¸¨°º¤ø„¸¸„ø ¸„ø¤º°¨¸„ø¤º „¸¨°º¤ (eman), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 20:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

oops, should read:

the simpletech 1TB i got worked out great. only a few bux more than the western digital :B (see my first post about the issues with the wd mybook). i also made sure to get the firewire 400/800. i think you're right about the 1.5's not being quite there yet.

¸„ø¤º°¨º¤ø „¸¨°º¤ø„¸¸„ø ¸„ø¤º°¨¸„ø¤º „¸¨°º¤ (eman), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 20:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

eman, does your 1TB have a separate power supply, or is it FW-powered?

death from abroad (lukas), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 11:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

i have a macbook from 2006 (i replaced the hd in 2007 because it died) and i need an external hd. every day i think about how stupid i am just having one internal hd, especially since i have experienced that catastrophe already. what is a quality affordable 1 TB hard drive in 2010?

john water (harbl), Sunday, 17 October 2010 17:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

G-Drive.

Border Lie (admrl), Sunday, 17 October 2010 17:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

why so much variation in price between brands? also learning customer reviews are useless; everyone is unhappy with everything. i just wanna buy something.

john water (harbl), Sunday, 17 October 2010 17:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

There are NO good hard drives, but essentially you get what you pay for. I have 6 drives - 4 of them are G-Drives and three of those are the only drives that have never failed.

Border Lie (admrl), Sunday, 17 October 2010 17:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

Buy a G-Drive if you want an external HD

Border Lie (admrl), Sunday, 17 October 2010 17:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

thanks adam, i think i'll get a g-drive

john water (harbl), Sunday, 17 October 2010 17:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

alternatively you could get two Western Digital HDs for almost the same price, if you're paranoid enough to do a double backup

Nhex, Sunday, 17 October 2010 19:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

I have one of those and it pretty much stopped being reliable after the first fortnight.

Border Lie (admrl), Sunday, 17 October 2010 20:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

ok it's plugged into my computer and i literally just lolled looking at it in finder. "931.02 GB available." it's hilarious!

john water (harbl), Wednesday, 20 October 2010 22:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

looks even more impressive in bytes

koogs, Thursday, 21 October 2010 08:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

So far pleased with my Seagate 1TB GoFlex Desk.

USB3 option is nice.

Lee626, Friday, 19 November 2010 16:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

i got a samsung story the other day and it's working out just fine some deal on newegg 1Tb for $90 it also does usb 3 which is mad faster than 2

Anangelsingingandplayingluteforafuckingunicornthatcumsliquidfire. (jdchurchill), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 00:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

eman, does your 1TB have a separate power supply, or is it FW-powered?

― death from abroad (lukas), Tuesday, April 28, 2009 7:04 AM

separate (1 yr later)

old man yells at cloud computing (am0n), Thursday, 23 December 2010 17:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

my experience says the opposite lol

i think i had a seagate die on me a couple of weeks after this

BIG HOOTY aka the Sapperticker (electricsound), Tuesday, 4 January 2011 04:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

Those Big Box Chain Store hard drives suck, don't they? I am embarrassed to own one.

Cubby Wubby Nubby Hubby Dubby (u s steel), Wednesday, 5 January 2011 23:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

OWC has external drives that are sort of bulky and ugly, but do not suck

macsales.com

just woke up (lukas), Thursday, 6 January 2011 00:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

OWC has external drives that are sort of bulky and ugly, but do not suck

Just bought another 2TB from them yesterday. I have several and they most definitely do not suck.

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Thursday, 6 January 2011 01:19 (eight years ago) Permalink


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