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 So I'm looking for a good external hard drive 
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Postby Bruckman » Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:11 pm


... for backing-up purposes. I'm using a PC, running Windows XP. Chances are I'll be getting a new PC within a year, and that'll be running Windows 7.

My internal hard drive is 150GB in size, and it's currently half-full. Not a hell of a lot of data, granted, but it takes forever to backup on DVD, which is why I'm looking at externals. (I'm looking at externals rather than anything internal, because I want to be able to cart it around with me if I'm ever out of town, in case the house burns down or something.)

The Western Digital "My Book" drives are in all the stores, so I was thinking of getting a "My Book Home Edition." Googling around, though, a lot of people seem to complain that the Home Edition sometimes tends to die unexpectedly within months. Maybe that was a problem with an earlier version of the Home Edition, but not the newer versions? (Some of the reviews date back to '07.) No idea, so I don't know if the complaints are worth taking notice of. Perhaps I should go for the "Essential Edition." Or another brand entirely. I'm not keen on going higher than $200ish, though. And I'm in a small town, so not a lot of stores to check out -- Dick Smith, Leading Edge Computers, Bing Lee, Good Guys...

Another thing worth mentioning: I'm across the road from a beach, in a town with a saltwater lake. So lots of corrosion.

Any thoughts?

:)

(And yes, I know, I know: "Here's a thought: buy a Mac!")


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Postby atefooterz » Sat Aug 08, 2009 1:54 pm


Late last year i got a 500GB Lacie from Dick Smith ,, including extended warranty that includes data recvery it was $130. So a few months later bought another one in March08 :D
Latest is a Western Digi 640GB , loads & plays slower plus only just has 500GB space ,without removing a heap of inbuilt programming stuff. $ 150 from officeworks.


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Postby djmenow » Sat Aug 08, 2009 6:35 pm


I just bought a few weeks ago a WD MyBook Office Edition which has 750GB storage. I paid like $149 from Officeworks.

So far so good. I have all my music stored and all my essential file with shitloads of room to spare.


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Postby Bruckman » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:12 pm


Thanks, fellas.

Gonna phone around tomorrow, see what's in stock in this neck o' the woods.


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Postby Macc » Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:04 pm


I also have a Lacie 500GB. Got it for $125.


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Postby Bruckman » Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:55 am


Thanks again for yer input. :)

Bought a 640GB WD Elements drive from Dick Smith, $134. Installed without a drama, and hasn't died in the fifteen minutes I've been using it. I call this a success.


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