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May 04, 2008 09:11 |  #1

I want to take a small portable hard drive to use with my laptop for an upcoming trip. I'm looking at least 250GB, but most importantly, RELIABILITY!!

So, which is the most reliable of them all.... WD Passport, SimpleTech, Seagate, Maxtor.....?



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May 04, 2008 09:12 |  #2

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May 04, 2008 09:12 |  #3

I would trust Seagate more than the others, IMO


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May 04, 2008 10:37 |  #4

I've never had a WD drive fail on me. Internal or external. I would stay with either WD or Seagate.


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May 04, 2008 10:53 |  #5

My dilemma is that, while I'm leaning towards Seagate, they only make the portable HD up to 250gb and it is not on sale right now. WD Passport Essential 320gb, however, is on sale this weekend for $129.99. But then I've heard more complaints with WD than Seagate.... When it comes to such electronics, I feel like I'm playing Russian roulette....



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May 04, 2008 11:20 |  #6

Every hard drive, portable or not, will eventually fail. I've had very good luck with Western Digital drives of all sizes over the years.

The one portable drive (of several I use) that failed on me (the disk rotation froze up) had a Seagate drive in it, I believe. That, in itself, means nothing of course. I think all of the "name" brands are likely to have about the same probability of survival (or failure) over time.


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May 04, 2008 16:37 |  #7

It's really hard to say what brand is going to be more reliable. IMO it's just best to stick with name brands, Western Digital, Maxtor, Seagate. They're all within the same range of reliability.


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May 04, 2008 17:59 |  #8

WD or Seagate. I've got a 120Gb Seagate 2.5" and then a few 3.5" Seagate and WD drives of various sizes. Never had a problem with any.

I also have a Maxtor. It's noisy as all hell, never spins down, and occasionally doesn't get recognized when I plug it in. Its firewire, all the others are USB so the issue may be there. Anyway, as others have said, WD or Seagate.

I'd also recommend a 2.5" drive. I'd take the smaller size and lack of power supply over the faster speed and lower price of a 3.5"


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May 04, 2008 19:32 |  #9

Seagate or . . . well, or Seagate. I've got a couple of terabytes of Seagate storage.


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May 04, 2008 20:14 |  #10

Can't go wrong with either ones actually, both WD and Seagate make their own HDDs and have been around for a while making those HDDs. I prefer WD myself in terms of reliability and average write speeds and such, but Seagates tend to run a tad cooler and quieter.


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May 04, 2008 22:38 |  #11

Seagate all the way! I haven't had much luck with WD's but Seagate did buy out WD or was it the other way around. Nevertheless, when you make your purchase, make sure it's the Seagate and not the WD. There are people who had great luck with WD but I'm seagate!


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May 05, 2008 00:23 as a reply to  @ nutsnbolts's post |  #12

i'll only buy seagate.

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May 05, 2008 08:58 |  #13

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Seagate all the way! I haven't had much luck with WD's but Seagate did buy out WD or was it the other way around. Nevertheless, when you make your purchase, make sure it's the Seagate and not the WD. There are people who had great luck with WD but I'm seagate!

No, IIRC Seagate bought Maxtor.


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May 05, 2008 09:25 |  #14

I prefer seagate, but will go for western digital without too much second thought as well.

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No, IIRC Seagate bought Maxtor.

Correct, Seagate purchased Maxtor and maxtor is now seagates budget line.


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May 05, 2008 11:24 |  #15

i use the WD Free Agent and don't have an issue. in my home computer, i use a mix of WD and Seagate and all have been very reliable.




  
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