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#1 JamesBradley

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 07:49 PM

Hi there, 

I plan to buy a 2TB external hard drive and need some advice on which to choose. I found some for around £50-70 which were Western Digital, Toshiba, Samsung, Seagate
 

I have done some research and read bad things about Seagate mostly, but I couldn't find which one was the best to go for, everything just seems to be talking about not going for Seagate..
so I though I should ask the experts.. what I really need to know is which brand is most reliable and the best choice really and any other advice I would really appreciate, 

 

Thank you

 


#2 continuum

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 08:42 PM

They're all commodity products at this point, buy whatever's cheapest or happens to strike your fancy.


#3 Valleyforge

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 02:17 AM

I've had much better luck with Seagate externals than with WD.  I routinely buy Seagate externals just to harvest the mechanisms.  So there's a pro-Seagate anecdote for you.


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#4 Nikhil P

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 04:16 AM

i had a WD Passport essentials which crashed in less than a year.. the body of that HDD was kinda fragile and prone to scratches and shocks... better than that is a seagate HDD which has rugged feel to it... it also has an adapter that can be connected o the sata port of desktop motherboards... so u get a hard drive than can be used with ur dektop and laptop...

 

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#5 tweeetr

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 05:30 PM

longest warranty.

 

go for one with a 5 year warranty,

 

keep a back up your data and check the discs every month or so for errors with the official software ie datalifeguard WD.


#6 JamesBradley

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 11:40 AM

longest warranty.

 

go for one with a 5 year warranty,

 

keep a back up your data and check the discs every month or so for errors with the official software ie datalifeguard WD.

 

 

Most I found was 3 years on the samsung one, but apparently samsung are now owned by seagate so I should avoid the samsung? 
 

I cannot find one with a 5 year warranty, is there such a hard drive? 


#7 Brian

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 11:54 AM

Probably not in this class...and there's no reason to avoid the Seagate. You'll either have a problem or you won't, doesn't matter which brand you go with. 


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