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Re: External drives

I currently have a My Passport 320Gig external drive which is a treat to use. What I'm curious about is what are the best external drives out there and is having a 1 or 2 terabyte drive worth while or just open to loosing your information if something goes badly wrong?

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shouldn't keep anything on an external drive you carry around with you that's not backed up at a stable location.

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Hmmm okay, well as would have it, my external drive is backed up to my PC and vice versa. The only difference I'm seeing is that both can be powered off apart from the PC and its mother board battery. So what's your point on a stable environment Junior?

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I think he's referring to something that's not carried all over the place and potentially dropped, kicked, smashed, etc., like portable drives tend to be at risk for.

So if you've got your data on your external and your main computer...you're probably fairly well covered.
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laptop stands a much better chance of being dropped in the drink than a home PC.

That said, a home PC stands a much better chance of being torched in a house fire.

Seriously tho, even leaving it near a noisy control circuit can FUBAR HD data. The environments that guys like you and me work in are not conducive to maintaining digital magnetic data storage. I don't take anything into the field with me that's not backed up somewhere that it's not gonna get dropped/shaken to bits/demagnatized/splashed/run over/dropped into a rotating assembly/factor X'd.

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Ah okay gotcha guys. I do baby the external drive. They're intrinsically reboxed laptop drives if I'm not mistaken. Anyway, I'll keep doing what I do but are the bigger terabyte drives a viable option?
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Mind you I'm still waiting for cost effective large SSD's to come out.
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Mind you I'm still waiting for cost effective large SSD's to come out.
What...$2000 US for 1TB isn't cost effective? I can't imagine why you'd ever think that.

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relativly cost effective SSD storage.

depends on how much you're needing to store I guess.

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Hey I hadn't seen anything advertised past 128gig SSD so this is good news to me. My post start was based on HDD externals. Thanks for the info Junior.
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Here's the article on the big'uns: OCZ to release 1TB SSD this month
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Thanks Shagz & Junior,

Hell guys. So I wonder when they'll start putting the SSD's into gaming platforms. These drives scream with speed.
Oh that's right, they still cost money
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I have a 500 gig Maxor external drive and I can't think that I will ever fill it. It's easy to use and move files to it. And in case of a house fire easy to disconnect and carry out with my children the dogs can burn J/K.


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I have small Maxtor drive Beav. Very stable and never ever had a problem with it. If I remember correctly it is a FireWire connection?
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ya I try to keep the super critical stuff backed up in the shop and my daily work files on a flash stick aswell. In case of housefire, grab the flash stick and go. And even if I miss the flash stick I lose only about a weeks worth of work.

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