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reliable 3tb external Drive wanted for Toshiba WIN7 Laptop USB 2.0

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#1 kdeinv



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 03:18 PM



My daughter wants a 3 tb external hard drive for her Toshiba laptop that has USB 2.0 and WIN 7 loaded.


I have heard of issues with WIN 7 and wanted to know which 3tb models would not have the Win 7 problem (recognizing the drive) and is also reliable.  Also are all 3 tb models for use with desktops and laptops?  I think she wants this space for movies/pictures, and music.


This is on her Christmas list so researching early


Thanks in advance

#2 FastMHz



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:59 PM

Windows 7 will not have trouble recognizing any drive, whereas XP has issues with drives > 2TB.  The Seagate externals aren't too pricey and have good reviews on Amazon, and they're USB3, which means they'll work with the USB2 laptop and be future laptop upgrade ready.

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#3 Brian


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 08:14 PM

WD has a ton of externals too and you can always roll your own. Just be sure you're backing up. Maybe a two bay NAS would be better?


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#4 continuum



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:41 PM

Two separate single-disk enclosures, rotated for backup, would probably be even safer and much cheaper than a 2-bay NAS (but a lot less convenient) since it would protect from user error and viruses and whatnot that would simultaneously take out data in a RAID1 2-bay NAS...

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