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Old 30-10-2013, 16:31
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Because I have memory issues, I take hundreds of photos when I go out. Also, I have had to save a lot of documents, and video footage, to help with a legal case I am fighting at the moment, so I am now at a point where computer memory is now in the red, and I have deleted all I can. I also do some vlogging, and other video materials, so video footage is mounting up.

With the red bar nearly at explosion point, I am thinking of getting a 1-3 terabyte external hard drive to save photos and important stuff to, so the computer can function properly again.

I don't know anything about them. I don't know if one brand is any better and long lasting, or one more reliable than another, or if spending more on it makes a difference. I am on a very restricted budget, but needs must, and I need to make sure I am not going to spend less money for something that may corrupt or die in a week.

Any advice please?
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Old 30-10-2013, 16:37
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You might also consider one of the online storage solution like Skydrive, Dropbox, etc
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Old 30-10-2013, 16:39
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your computer will not function properly if your hard disk is nearly full.

there is not a great deal to choose between external drives because there are only a couple of companies in the world making actual hard disks and they are all established manufacturers, and an external drive is just an internal one in a box.

if stuff is important then you really need two copies.

a question i would have for you is do you need to keep every thing at the original quality? if you are taking big print quality photos for example do you need to keep them at that quality, or if they are only going to be viewed on a computer you could probably shrink them to 10% the size/quality and still be fine.
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Old 30-10-2013, 18:57
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You might also consider one of the online storage solution like Skydrive, Dropbox, etc
I have 2 forms of online backup. And I do have dropbox, but find it a little cumbersome for my tastes.
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Old 30-10-2013, 18:59
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your computer will not function properly if your hard disk is nearly full.

there is not a great deal to choose between external drives because there are only a couple of companies in the world making actual hard disks and they are all established manufacturers, and an external drive is just an internal one in a box.

if stuff is important then you really need two copies.

a question i would have for you is do you need to keep every thing at the original quality? if you are taking big print quality photos for example do you need to keep them at that quality, or if they are only going to be viewed on a computer you could probably shrink them to 10% the size/quality and still be fine.
Thanks for the message. I am already doing so, with the pictures, size wise.

So really, it doesn't matter what brand or price I go for? So I could spend say 40 and avoid the 90+ ones. I always thought you pay for what you get?
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Old 30-10-2013, 19:27
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So really, it doesn't matter what brand or price I go for?
I have read on here about problems with Western Digital hard drives, when they go wrong the data on them may well be lost as they can't be hooked up to an adapter or placed in a caddy.
For that reason I would avoid that brand.
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Old 30-10-2013, 19:34
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If the choice is 40 or 80 then id recommend 2x40 and maintain 2 copies. One copy is a data death sentence. Start with the assumption that you HDD WILL fail at some time and you cant go far wrong
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Old 30-10-2013, 20:00
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I have read on here about problems with Western Digital hard drives, when they go wrong the data on them may well be lost as they can't be hooked up to an adapter or placed in a caddy.
For that reason I would avoid that brand.
I hesitate to disagree but I have several WD hard drives ranging from 1.5TB to 3TB and they all work for me in Icy Box caddies, my PC's hot swap bay and my Dune Max player's bay.
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Old 30-10-2013, 20:18
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I've had no trouble with western digital either.

They sell a **** of a lot drives. Just because someone blogs about one failing doesn't mean they have a problem.
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Old 30-10-2013, 21:30
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I hesitate to disagree but I have several WD hard drives ranging from 1.5TB to 3TB and they all work for me in Icy Box caddies, my PC's hot swap bay and my Dune Max player's bay.
It must not be a policy on all their external drives then whether it is something they introduced for a while and stopped doing and/or only relates to some drives, I've no idea ..... but they have done it on some.
Someone posted a good while back about this but more recently I left a photo of the problem .........

http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showt...998&highlight=
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Old 31-10-2013, 01:53
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I have read on here about problems with Western Digital hard drives, when they go wrong the data on them may well be lost as they can't be hooked up to an adapter or placed in a caddy.
There was a well-known problem with a couple of models of WD external 500g drives a few years back which neccessitated them being returned for an upgrade, and that wasn't always succesful. However, I've not had a problem with any of the 3 I've bought since 2011.
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Old 31-10-2013, 06:21
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I have read on here about problems with Western Digital hard drives, when they go wrong the data on them may well be lost as they can't be hooked up to an adapter or placed in a caddy.
For that reason I would avoid that brand.
I'm pretty confident I have one in an an external caddy.

To the OP

Go for one drive now, save your pennies and then buy another as a backup for the backup, the bigger drive the better. USB 3 makes a heck of a difference in transfer speeds and if your PC is USB 2 you can buy a USB 3 card for a few quid and they only take a few minutes to fit.
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Old 31-10-2013, 08:52
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I'm pretty confident I have one in an an external caddy.
Some of the WD Passport models use a 2.5in drive with a "non-standard" electronics circuit board. This integrates the drive circuits and the USB interface on the same board.

So if the USB side of things goes belly skywards you can't plug the drive into a SATA connection or whatever as you could do if the USB interface was a separate plug in board.
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Old 31-10-2013, 09:53
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Don't let a drive go above about 80% as at that point it can start to drag down performance etc and always try and have at least one non cloud copy of your data if its of importance as you don't want to be mid court and your machine dies and the courts internet won't allow you to visit the cloud site etc
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Old 31-10-2013, 23:23
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I'm pretty confident I have one in an an external caddy.

To the OP

Go for one drive now, save your pennies and then buy another as a backup for the backup, the bigger drive the better. USB 3 makes a heck of a difference in transfer speeds and if your PC is USB 2 you can buy a USB 3 card for a few quid and they only take a few minutes to fit.
Thank you.... I'm a bit of a computer dimwit here... I'm using a laptop - what is USB 3?

Thanks.
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Old 31-10-2013, 23:39
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Thank you.... I'm a bit of a computer dimwit here... I'm using a laptop - what is USB 3?

Thanks.
Its the latest version of USB up to 3 times faster but unless your laptop already has USB 3 (the plastic bit inside will normally be blue if it has) it is nearly impossible to get upgrade cards for it unless it has PCMI slot.

Has he tried using just one of the USB plugs on the 'Y' cable as that sometimes works.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:24
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You might also consider one of the online storage solution like Skydrive, Dropbox, etc
If you are thinking of using online storage as an extra way to backup, you might want to consider using Flickr for storing your photos. It comes with 1TB online storage for photos, and is a good way to share your photos with friends or be able to access them from anywhere.

As for external hard drives, i have the following 2 hard drives which i haven't had any issues with:
- Samsung M3 1TB USB 3.0 Slimline Portable Hard Drive
- Toshiba Canvio E05A100PBU3XS 1TB Portable Hard Drive
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