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Jul 11, 2009 13:37 |  #1

Well, you know how it goes... Those damn RAW files eat HD space like candy. I need an external hard drive that doesn't require an extra power supply besides USB. Capacity (is there anything larger than 500gb?) and reliability should be as high as possible, of course and a practical physical size wouldn't hurt either.

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Jul 11, 2009 13:39 |  #2

I don't think there's anything above 500Gb that runs off the USB lead.

I'd advise buying lower capacity drives (my WD Passport has worked well for me) for two reasons:-

1) Cost (you pay a big premium for having the latest and greatest)
2) Spread the risk. If a hard drive fails, then you only lose a smaller amount of data with a smaller drive.


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Jul 11, 2009 14:02 |  #3

Pete wrote in post #8263141 (external link)
I don't think there's anything above 500Gb that runs off the USB lead.

I'd advise buying lower capacity drives (my WD Passport has worked well for me) for two reasons:-

1) Cost (you pay a big premium for having the latest and greatest)
2) Spread the risk. If a hard drive fails, then you only lose a smaller amount of data with a smaller drive.

I already have a 320gb drive that will be used as a backup, but I'd like to get another one (as big as possible, there's no such thing as too much capacity for me) for spreading the risk, like you said.


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Jul 11, 2009 14:24 as a reply to  @ Rocktoe's post |  #4

I have a 500GB Segate. I'm very pleased with it. Runs off USB, no external power required.




  
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Jul 11, 2009 15:15 |  #5

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I have a 500GB Segate. I'm very pleased with it. Runs off USB, no external power required.

Is that the Seagate expansion series? I see that they claim to run off USB and also have capacity up to 1.5TB.

Edit: Never mind, I think I got confused with the billion different expansion models and only the "Expansion portable" drives are USB powered.


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Jul 11, 2009 16:42 |  #6

Seagate has a 620 GB Seagate Go drive. Wait a few months and there will probably be a 1 TB out. :)

I have 3 of the 500 GB Go drives and they work flawlessly.


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Jul 11, 2009 17:22 |  #7

Rocktoe wrote in post #8263470 (external link)
Is that the Seagate expansion series? I see that they claim to run off USB and also have capacity up to 1.5TB.

Edit: Never mind, I think I got confused with the billion different expansion models and only the "Expansion portable" drives are USB powered.

Yeah, I have just bought two 1Tb Seagate Expansion HDDs. Very nice price on them too (£64 each - UK). They do need to be plugged into the mains though, they don't take power through the USBs

I have an Iomata portable drive, USB powered and slips nicely in the pocket, camera bag etc., but it's only 250Gb.




  
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Jul 11, 2009 17:38 as a reply to  @ sandpiper's post |  #8

I use and trust WD Passport external drives. Seagate had a spotty reputation for some time, but have become much better in the past few years. If I felt WD was lacking I would have no problems picking up a Seagate these days. You can't go wrong with either IMO, but WD has a better service department IME.


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Jul 11, 2009 18:21 as a reply to  @ Duncan Frenz's post |  #9

I like the Western Digital Passports also. They currently only go to 500gb.


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Jul 11, 2009 21:50 |  #10

WD Passports here too. I plan to add even more.


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Jul 11, 2009 22:16 as a reply to  @ timeasterday's post |  #11

Buy the largest you can afford, 500GB can be had for ~$100-120 if you look. Then use it to shuttle data/images to an internal or larger external with b/up until SSD storage becomes more affordable at similar capacities. They[SSD] take much less power and avert disasters such as bumps, drops and other fumblings. It won't be long until we see 250-500 GB SSDs with similar pricing and portable storage will move entirely from solutions that use moving parts to NAND or similar technology.


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Jul 12, 2009 00:32 as a reply to  @ Duncan Frenz's post |  #12

Why can't you just install a hard drive inside your PC? That's waaaay cheaper. I recently bought two 1TB SATA2 HDD's for $180. Hooked them up in RAID 1 through some easy motherboard menu's. So now, if one of them fails all the data is backed up on the other :)

Of course if you have a mac that's not really a feasible option :p


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Jul 12, 2009 01:04 |  #13

LaCie Little Disks go up to 500GB. USB powered, small form factor.


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Jul 12, 2009 03:48 |  #14

Another vote for WD Passport. When I was researching the topic I found that several USB-powered drives actaully require the use of two USB ports - one for data one for power. One of the reasons I went for WD.


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Jul 12, 2009 09:47 |  #15

Baselerd wrote in post #8265616 (external link)
Why can't you just install a hard drive inside your PC? That's waaaay cheaper.

That's not always practical, it depends on what the OP needs.

The fact that they are specifically looking for one powered by the USB suggests that this is for mobile use with a laptop, where powerpoints aren't always an option.

I use my 250Gb drive (USB powered and easy to slip in a pocket) for my 'working' drive. I keep all recent stuff I want to be working on on it and I can plug it into the laptop when away from base, handy as I get a lot of spare time at work, then simply plug it into the PC when I get home and carry on where I left off, without any messing around swapping files around.

Not something that can be done with an extra internal drive in the PC.

I also have a LOT of files to store and so have several regular sized external HDDs (around 14 I think) to keep them on and back everything up - including offsite backup. No way could I fit even the ones that stay at home inside the PC (which has two inside it already).

I presume (if you arent using an external HDD) that you have all your data backed up on DVDs or some other method as well as the RAID. If not, your data ISN'T backed up.




  
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