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#1 Dane

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 02:46

So I am looking around for a good external hard drive and looking for opinions from people who have the ones that are below.
1. http://www.amazon.co..._pr_product_top

2. http://www.bhphotovi..._Essential.html

3 http://www.bhphotovi...ortable_hd.html

I'd like to stick with WD. I do NOT want an internal one. I just want one I can back up/save files to and just have them there. I have USB 3.0 so that should make things a bit faster.

Cloud wise, I was checking out www.backblaze.com
I have only 2MB upload speed, and I have over 300-500Gigs that I would need to upload, so that's not really favorable. I have a 750 gig now that's completely full.

Atleast I could plug in the external drive and let it go overnight.


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Posted 26 December 2013 - 03:03

Or you could use both a drive and a free cloud. Not uploading everything to it, but files you do not want to loose in case the drive dies, which is in all possible.

 

The first one, the WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN, is a nice one. I bought it for my cousin. She's been using it for a solid year now, no complaints.



#3 cork1958

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 03:17

Yes,

I agree with using both cloud and external also.

 

Several free cloud services that you could use to add up some totals for storage.

 

I've had my 2 external WD hard drives for a couple years at least, which aren't any of the choices you have probably due to that age, and they haven't failed me yet, but for some reason I still don't totally trust them!



#4 OP Dane

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 03:43

Or you could use both a drive and a free cloud. Not uploading everything to it, but files you do not want to loose in case the drive dies, which is in all possible.
 
The first one, the WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN, is a nice one. I bought it for my cousin. She's been using it for a solid year now, no complaints.


I've thought about that. At 50$ a year that's not too bad. However with external it would be nice to transfer and go.
The most important would new my pictures and videos. Those alone are around 170 gig. So those would take awhile.

#5 +Mindovermaster

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:07

Your pictures shouldn't be all that cumbersome to download again. Backup your videos to DVD. A very simple way with little money.



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 05:31

For $50-60 a year, you could get your own hosting plan and get a much greater value for your money than a mere cloud storage.

 

Between a single drive and cloud, I'd choose cloud.

 

Ideally, I'd be looking at something like this 2-drive RAID 1 enclosure if I were you (since you want an external solution).

 

 Backup your videos to DVD. A very simple way with little money.

 

And it's also one of the least reliable methods to store data long-term unfortunately.



#7 greenwizard88

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 06:15

Why not a NAS? It's a cloud AND a HDD.



#8 OP Dane

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 12:12

For $50-60 a year, you could get your own hosting plan and get a much greater value for your money than a mere cloud storage.

 

Between a single drive and cloud, I'd choose cloud.

 

Ideally, I'd be looking at something like this 2-drive RAID 1 enclosure if I were you (since you want an external solution).

 

 

And it's also one of the least reliable methods to store data long-term unfortunately.

 

I'll have to check that one out.

 

Why not a NAS? It's a cloud AND a HDD.

 

 

I checked out my terms of my ISP,  I have a 160GIG upload limit a month.   Soooo I am not sure how well that would go with cloud. 



#9 majortom1981

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 12:17

Well you wouldn't be able to do cloud either. you would still be using your upload bandwidth.

I'll have to check that one out.

 

 

 

I checked out my terms of my ISP,  I have a 160GIG upload limit a month.   Soooo I am not sure how well that would go with cloud. 



#10 Raa

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 12:31

WD, avoid cloud.



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 14:06

And it's also one of the least reliable methods to store data long-term unfortunately.

 

and 80% of people do that as well. It may not be the best option, but they still do.



#12 arachnoid

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 14:15

Would it be worth upgrading your network connection speed or is it unviable?



#13 alphamale

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 14:35

also look at the material you want to upload.  the cloud service may not want it. i use 3 differnet cloud services each with a mirror copy of the other.  the hassle and cost of maintaining raids and battery backups made it the choice for me.  i am 3 years into it and i have not had any calendar appointments set with dates to swap out aging drives since i started using the cloud.  which is kinda nice for me and my data.



#14 OP Dane

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 14:46

Would it be worth upgrading your network connection speed or is it unviable?

We have a local cable company monopoly. Go a few miles over and you can get comcast.

So I'm already paying $75 for 15 down and 2up.

When I used to have comcast I had insanely great download and upload for $60.


I can't wait for our town to do the renewal contract I am going to complain and try to get another provider.


I guess I'll just go with a 1TB passport. It has a 3 year warranty so that's not too bad.

#15 +zhiVago

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 14:52

Cloud vs Local - control would be the biggest deciding factor for me.

 

When you buy a cloud data plan, you basically outsource your storage needs to someone else. 

 

By storing your data locally, you have full control of it on the hardware level. 

 

It's not uncommon for HDDs to have five year warranty.

 

These are just a few of last minute points I think you should consider.





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