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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Fri 13-May-16 10:28:13
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Portable Drive


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I would like a new 1 TB portable drive - plenty around at varying price points across the brands.

Any suggestions on the better ones to consider and those to be avoided.


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Standard User philippercival
(knowledge is power) Fri 13-May-16 10:47:23
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Re: Portable Drive


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I am very happy with my 2 2tb Western Digital Passport drives. I use them as alternate backups of important files. One lives in the car, so in theory a backup is always external to the house.

Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 13-May-16 11:52:56
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Are they rated for the temperature extremes you might get in a car in summer/winter?


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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Fri 13-May-16 12:18:08
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Re: Portable Drive


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May be worth considering - I wonder what the difference is between those and the HGST Touro drives which I currently use? HGST are owned by WD!


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Standard User Deadbeat
(knowledge is power) Fri 13-May-16 12:36:46
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Re: Portable Drive


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Beware of some of the 2.5" drives from the likes of WD. On some models, the enclosure and drive connections are non standard and therefore cannot accommodate a standard SATA drive.
I've had a standard metal enclosure for years and just pop in standard drives as and when they need to be changed. I paid about a fiver for it from Amazon.

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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Fri 13-May-16 12:48:21
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Re: Portable Drive


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Not an issue for me ... I want mine cased with just a USB connector. When I upgrade the old one will continue in use.


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Standard User philippercival
(knowledge is power) Fri 13-May-16 13:14:17
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Re: Portable Drive


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No Idea, however they are still working

Standard User rumster
(newbie) Fri 13-May-16 17:42:39
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Re: Portable Drive


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If reliability is the most important factor and you don't mind 3.5" drives, take a look at Backblaze's hard drive comparison. The HGST drives have the lowest failure rates. Buy your own case if you can't find one ready-cased.

If you want extreme portability, then take a look at Seagate's Backup Plus Slim series. I have two 2TB drives that I rotate just in case one fails, and I shall probably add another. WD do similar drives. I wouldn't use just one of these drives for backups since they are really pushing hard drive technology. You only have to read the sob-stories on Amazon to realise how unwise this is.

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Standard User Deadbeat
(knowledge is power) Fri 13-May-16 18:10:41
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In reply to a post by MHC:
... I want mine cased with just a USB connector...

That's what mine is. Very similar to this.

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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Fri 13-May-16 18:13:46
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I currently have HGST Touros ... One per machine and occasionally copy to the other.


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