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Sep 18, 2014 16:25 |  #1

I just had one of mine (the one with time machine sadly) start the click of death sound.

I'm curious if there is an "ideal" brand/model at the moment?

Not hip on tech news so no idea which ones are better to stay away from


Cheers for the help


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Sep 19, 2014 02:39 |  #2

I'm on the 7th LaCie-Porsche design external drive and they've never let me down.
But, as with all machinal driven devices, a failure is always waiting around the corner!
Just a fact to be aware of and to live with.
Redundance is the sollution.
Good luck.
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Sep 19, 2014 03:34 |  #3

All drives fail, its just a matter of time. Ive had better luck with buying a desktop drive and an after market enclosure. Everybody has their personal favorite brand but the western digital RE or black drives have stood me well though the seagate's seem to be the quietest, strange since they the same company.




  
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Sep 19, 2014 04:55 |  #4

Lenty007 wrote in post #17164704 (external link)
I'm on the 7th LaCie-Porsche design external drive and they've never let me down.
But, as with all machinal driven devices, a failure is always waiting around the corner!
Just a fact to be aware of and to live with.
Redundance is the sollution.
Good luck.
Greeting,
Alain

FerozeK wrote in post #17164740 (external link)
All drives fail, its just a matter of time. Ive had better luck with buying a desktop drive and an after market enclosure. Everybody has their personal favorite brand but the western digital RE or black drives have stood me well though the seagate's seem to be the quietest, strange since they the same company.

Yes you are both right, we have 2 dead disks this week, funny how it goes (one was a dropped laptop by my child)


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Sep 19, 2014 11:02 |  #5

Absolutely Fabulous wrote in post #17164787 (external link)
Yes you are both right, we have 2 dead disks this week, funny how it goes (one was a dropped laptop by my child)

Don't you mean your spouse's child? I thought parents only claimed they were "their" kids when they did good things and said it was their spouses kid when they did bad things?


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Sep 19, 2014 11:59 |  #6

benji25 wrote in post #17165290 (external link)
Don't you mean your spouse's child? I thought parents only claimed they were "their" kids when they did good things and said it was their spouses kid when they did bad things?


Somehow she is always mine :lol:

Had already spent a mint fixing the screen earlier in the year, so yeah not too happy with it being dead..... again


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Sep 19, 2014 14:46 |  #7

I've had good results with Western Digital, and they just came out with ones with SD card slots and WiFi, so you can back up cards in the field and view on tablets.




  
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Sep 19, 2014 15:40 |  #8

FerozeK wrote in post #17164740 (external link)
All drives fail, its just a matter of time. Ive had better luck with buying a desktop drive and an after market enclosure. Everybody has their personal favorite brand but the western digital RE or black drives have stood me well though the seagate's seem to be the quietest, strange since they the same company.

This is what I do. I've had good luck with Seagate and WD, though Hitachi are meant to be the most reliable from memory.


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Sep 19, 2014 15:48 |  #9

I bought this one:

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …drivestation_dd​r_usb.html (external link)

It is said to transfer lots of small files very quickly.




  
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Sep 19, 2014 16:07 |  #10

One thing I would be worried about that one is to make sure all the files are completely transferred before powering it off. With a Gig of cache in the unit you could have 40-50 (or maybe more) raw files sitting in RAM still when your computer thinks it is done transferring.




  
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Sep 25, 2014 01:32 |  #11

Absolutely Fabulous wrote in post #17163794 (external link)
I just had one of mine (the one with time machine sadly) start the click of death sound.

I'm curious if there is an "ideal" brand/model at the moment?

Not hip on tech news so no idea which ones are better to stay away from

Cheers for the help

I have two Buffalo Ultra Fast USB 3.0 Hard Drives (2 Tb capacity each) and they work very well. They have a 1GB DDR3 RAM Cache for fast transfer speeds and claim to be up to 2.3 times faster than a straight USB3 connection. While I have not tested this claim, I do know that they are faster for backup and general read/write operations than the 2 Seagate 2Tb drives I have.

The Buffalo drives are referred as their "Drive Station DDR HD-GDU3" models. I am not sure if they are "ideal" or not, but they work for me. Here is a review of these drives: http://www.storagerevi​ew.com …station_ddr_rev​iew_hdgdu3 (external link) . They can be bought for less than $200 on sites like Amazon.

Hope this helps.

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