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#1 Mindovermaster

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 02:51

My sister-in-law wants an external HDD for xmas. She never goes on here, so I'm safe.

She says at least a 250GB, but I'm thinking on a 500GB one. Maybe a passport one, where it doesn't need external power. As she'll be using this mostly on her laptop or tablet. She's looking to put her pictures and large music and video collections on there.

I'm out of the external HDD vibe, though. The last one I had was a WD MyBook Essentials 320GB from ~2007. Now, I like WD, and I know Seagate to be good as well. But what are the latest hypes?


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Posted 30 September 2012 - 06:38

IOSafe Fireproof

They have 500GB and up sizes... I have a 500GB one from them and soon to buy a 2TB one from them...

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 06:58

She doesn't do backups? What happens when the drive fails?

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:22

Nice on the IOSafe. (Y)

I got three 1TB, one 500 GB given to me. Two Toshiba, One Iomega, and the 500gb is a Toshiba. Oh yeah got a 40gb Seagate. lol

all usb powered.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 13:16

I don't want to pay ~$200. It's a bit over my head. Any other suggestions?

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 14:35

WD Elements SE 500 GB. Comes at a price about 60 EUR and it has USB 3.0, but is obviusly compatible with 2.0. It's supposed to be one of the best currently. However, it does have only one year of warranty...

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 14:40

Bout 100 USD. Amazon has a sale on it for $60.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 14:48

Yeah, that's America for you :D 1$=1EUR conversion rate on most of the stuff O.o

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 14:53

Take caution with ioSafe-esque products. When the drive fails, you have to pay a pretty penny for their data recovery service, or open up the case to recover the data yourself thereby voiding the warranty.

Anything from WD is your best bet. My sister has a WD Passport 1TB, found it a while ago at Target on clearance for $55. It serves her well. Two things to keep in mind: Take special care of the USB connector (they do wear out), and don't rotate the drive while it's running (e.g. turn it side ways or up side down). Especially the latter, given their small size and portability, it's natural to think it's okay to pick up the drive while it's running.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 15:02

IoSafe is too expensive for me. Recuva all the way! :)

Yeah, I'll look this stuff up. I love WD, so it would be my first choice. But I'm willing to go elsewhere.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 18:15

IOSafe is fireproof and waterproof though.... it's more then worth the extra cost....

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 18:18

IOSafe is fireproof and waterproof though.... it's more then worth the extra cost....

So is online backup, and I wouldn't trust their guarantees. Things like "fire safes" have been shown not to be fire proof or even safes (I've seen one jimmied open with a screw driver with relative ease).

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 18:20

So is online backup, and I wouldn't trust their guarantees. Things like "fire safes" have been shown not to be fire proof or even safes (I've seen one jimmied open with a screw driver with relative ease).


They are not really "safes" they are fireproof enclosures for the HDDs. The Safe is just part of the branding... if you would actually check out the link above then you would see that.

Also they are specially designed as to if a fire broke out or flood the drive would be sealed so no leakage.

There's a lot of videos on youtube about how it works... look it up.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 23:16

IOSafe is fireproof and waterproof though.... it's more then worth the extra cost....

I guess, if you are in floods and fires a lot. :p

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 23:19

I guess, if you are in floods and fires a lot. :p


hey would you rather be SOL???