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Big Coffin Hunter
03-17-2009, 10:48 AM
I'm in the market for a portable hard drive, mainly for backing up some art that I have on my desktop.
I've been looking at this one (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=525) from Western Digital, which I can get from Dell for about $100.
Has anyone used this model or know of one that may be better?

I seek thy knowledge, Benbo.

Ryudo
03-17-2009, 10:50 AM
I'm in the market for a portable hard drive, mainly for backing up some art that I have on my desktop.
I've been looking at this one (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=525) from Western Digital, which I can get from Dell for about $100.
Has anyone used this model or know of one that may be better?

I seek thy knowledge, Benbo.

That's about right as far as price goes, but shop around on Newegg for some good or maybe even better deals.

Good luck. WD is a good brand, though.

Cactusakic
03-17-2009, 11:03 AM
I'm currently using 4 WD 500GB Externals.
They are not the thin "MyPassport" versions that you are looking at though, they are the older and slightly bulkier "MyBook" versions.

I've seen WD get a lot of shit online, but I have never had an issue with any of mine to date.

*touches wood*

All 4 are currently at capacity, so I am buying another one this Friday and I'm planning on going with WD again, only this time I am buying the 1TB instead of another 500GB.

Lab-Rat
03-17-2009, 11:05 AM
You can get better deals if you look around. I know Fry's Electronics has a few 1TB external drives for like $130 and up (or at least they did when I last looked)

Hell...just looked and you can find them on Newegg for a bit cheaper. Saw a couple that were only around $120 for a 1TB external USB2.0 hard drive.


Here's one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136186

Western Digital My Book Essential WDH1U10000N 1TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive - Retail - Free Shipping.

Gregory
03-17-2009, 11:06 AM
I'm currently using 4 WD 500GB Externals.
They are not the thin "MyPassport" versions that you are looking at though, they are the older and slightly bulkier "MyBook" versions.

... All 4 are currently at capacity...

How is that possible, may I ask?

ForkDolphin
03-17-2009, 11:12 AM
How is that possible, may I ask?

He's got a lot of pictures of penises is how!

Gregory
03-17-2009, 11:13 AM
He's got a lot of pictures of penises is how!

It has to be pron. Has to be.

I checked my current PC capacity and I'm only using 30+ Gigs. I don't think I can fill up a 300 G drive unless I somehow copy all my DVDs.

Cactusakic
03-17-2009, 11:16 AM
How is that possible, may I ask?

Some porn
Some comics
Some movies
A lot of music
and
A loooooooooootttttt of TV.

Lab-Rat
03-17-2009, 11:19 AM
I could easily fill up a 1TB drive without even trying.

My primary HD on my PC is a 60 GB that only houses my OS. It has 3 extra drives in it:
1 100GB - Full
1 200GB - only about 100MB free
1 150GB - 500 Megs free

Plus my Windows laptop has a 120GB drive in it that's almost full.

My Newly purchased Macbook has a 300GB drive in it that is alwready halfway full.

Plus I have a 200GB hard drive in an external enclosure that doesn't work that is also filled to capacity.

Then again...I do a lot of audio and video editing...So I have a lot of backup files, uncompressed video files...and fully compressed copies of said files. it all takes up a lot of space.

I'm currently planning on buying a 1TB external within the next few months to free up some space on the Mac.

TheFalcon
03-17-2009, 01:43 PM
I got two WD Passports (1x320 GB and 1x500 GB) and I'm really happy with them. It's really nice to not bother with external power supply and such. Easy to carry in a pocket too.

Rod Nunley
03-17-2009, 02:01 PM
I could easily fill up a 1TB drive without even trying.


Yes ... but you are like a whore wrapped in hoarder sleeping with a pack rat ... so it's expected.

Armored Dildo
03-17-2009, 02:05 PM
External HDs usually have little to no heat-sink features in their cases, so don't keep them on for too long at any given time.

I'm a big cooling nut when it comes to computers. Really extends the life of your components.

Thomas Mauer
03-17-2009, 02:06 PM
I'm in the market for a portable hard drive, mainly for backing up some art that I have on my desktop.
I've been looking at this one (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=525) from Western Digital, which I can get from Dell for about $100.
Has anyone used this model or know of one that may be better?

I seek thy knowledge, Benbo.

That's the one I have. It's great.

Thomas Mauer
03-17-2009, 02:13 PM
How is that possible, may I ask?

Me, I back up a lot.

1TB drive for OS and assorted stuff.
1TB external for OS/personal files backup.

2x 320GB drive for comics work backup.

80GB drive for current comics work.

2x 500GB 3.5" externals for comics work and personal file backups.

2.5" 500GB external with music, personal files, and comics work for on the road, protected using http://www.truecrypt.org.

320GB external dedicated to all work by one publisher (though that's actually their drive and I'll return it when I stop working there).

EDIT: I should mention that back in the days of 160GB drives, those used to last for about 2 to 3 years for me and then go bust. It was when I didn't do backups yet, and you could say I learned my lesson.

Thudpucker
03-17-2009, 03:15 PM
I would spend the extra money and get a 1TB drive, 500 GB is going to get used up fast.

Best Buy has this Iomega 1TB for 139.99, it's worth the extra 40 bucks to get double the size.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8908612&type=product&id=1216424110118

SethInAz
03-17-2009, 04:10 PM
I get emails from buy.com featuring a 1 TB external USB/ESATA drive for $85-$99 depending on the brand. I bought a Fantom 1 TB for $85 and it works well on my Mac.

SethInAz
03-17-2009, 04:12 PM
$68 for 640 GB. It's only USB 2.0 though...

http://www.buy.com/prod/western-digital-elements-640gb-usb-2-0-external-hard-drive-black/q/loc/101/209389534.html?adid=17653&dcaid=17653

Big Coffin Hunter
03-17-2009, 05:03 PM
Thanks, guys. I'll check all of those out.