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November 16th, 2008, 04:29 AM
I am looking for recommendations on 500GB external USB hard drives.
Here are my priorities, ranked in order:
1) Reliability
2) Quietness
3) Speed
4) Price

Right now I'm mainly considering these two:
Seagate FreeAgent Desktop (ST305004FDA2E1-RK) 5yr warranty

Iomega Prestige (Model 34270) 1yr warranty

I've read a few reviews (e.g. http://www.driveservice.com/bestwrst.htm and http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/computer/data-backup.htm) which say Western Digital and Maxtor and Seagate are of mediocre quality and my have reliability or noise problems, and that Iomega, Hitachi and Samsung make higher quality drives.

So my questions are these:

In your experience, are Iomegas more reliable than Seagates?
What brand(s) do you think are reliable, and are there any to stay away from?
Are any models particularly quiet?

Thanks in advance for sharing your advice and experience.

November 16th, 2008, 05:16 AM
i have a 250GB MyBook WD USB external,costing me $80.00& it's a bit noisy;outside of that,it formatted flawlessly,& works just fine. i keep all of my music & vids on it,& so far,so good.(it's almost 2 yrs old now)

i solved most of the noise issue by putting an old mouse pad under it.

Seagate makes very good hdd's;my internal is from them,it's very quiet,& it's 4 yrs old!

Iomega,not sure there,but if their hdd's aren't any better than their old zip drives,you might want to consider a different manufacturer.

the old pc i have Ubuntu on is 10 yrs old,& works just fine with the original WD Caviar hdd in it still spinning quietly! i'd at least consider a WD,or go for a Seagate...

just my opinion...:lolflag:

November 16th, 2008, 05:21 AM
how about a Western Digital external USB 2.0 750GB for only $88.88? Sounds like a winner to me. it can be had at Target on Black Friday.

November 16th, 2008, 05:23 AM
I don't have a 500gb external drive (yet). I only have a 80gb external hd that i put together myself. It has a seagate drive. Pretty quiet, and pretty reliable. Of course it is a Laptop hard drive, so it is slimmer, and more shock absorbent than most "internal" bigger Hard Drives. Also only needs one usb cable for power. Needs no "wall warts".

I recommend trying to get a laptop sized seagate 500gb hd, and finding an external enclosure with a switch. Also stay away from those enclosures with a "one touch backup" solution.

November 16th, 2008, 05:26 AM
how about a Western Digital external USB 2.0 750GB for only $88.88? Sounds like a winner to me. it can be had at Target on Black Friday.

yeah,i know,those went down in price almost immediately after i bought what i have...i should've waited...:(

November 16th, 2008, 08:12 PM
Many thanks to everyone who responded! It sounds like quite a few of you have had good experiences with Western Digital.

i solved most of the noise issue by putting an old mouse pad under it.

noobie_1: Ahh. I'll have to try that.

how about a Western Digital external USB 2.0 750GB for only $88.88?... it can be had at Target on Black Friday.

nhasian: Thank you for this too. How did you find out about this? It's not listed here: http://www.target.com/External-Hard-Drives-Computer-Accessories/b/ref=sc_fe_l_0/181-7498401-0722329?ie=UTF8&node=366490011

November 16th, 2008, 08:23 PM
actually i have two external WD's now. I have a 3.5" 1TB Drive and a 2.5" 250Gig drive that runs off the USB Cable (doesnt require a power cable) I like these small drives a lot and i think WD has them up to 500 Gigs now but they cost more than the standard 3.5" drives that use a power cord.

You can view all the ads for the major department stores at www.blackfriday.info

here's a link directly to Target's deals: http://www.blackfriday.info/sales/target-black-friday-ad.html

November 16th, 2008, 08:24 PM
I was going to buy a Iomega hard drive but loads of people told me not to get it because it's noisy and they break really easy.

November 17th, 2008, 08:10 AM
it would probably be cheaper to buy a harddrive off newegg and then get a cheap enclosure off ebay.

^^ Yep, that's what i did. But, i got my enclosure from newegg too.

but, whatever floats your boat. I've had good experiences with WD, but I've had better ones with Seagate. Both are pretty good brands.