External Hard Drive Review

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  1. JarinS1 macrumors member

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    Does anyone have this AcomData E5 external hard drive or know anything about it? I'm wondering if it is loud, reliable, etc. I just need one to back up pictures and music. Thanks.

    AcomData 80GB
     
  2. Euan macrumors regular

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    Nope sorry, I have a Lacie D2 Triple Interface 160GB. Never had any problems.
     
  3. allisonv7 macrumors 6502

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    I'm in the market for an external drive too but haven't had a chance to do much research, what are some basic/good specs for a backup drive?

    Thanks,

    allison.
     
  4. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    My recommendation is always to go with a HD enclosure instead. With the rapidly increasing capacities and decreasing costs, it makes more sense to buy an inexpensive internal drive and pop it in an enclosure, rather than paying more for the same capacity in an external model. Plus, then when higher capacities are released, or the existing drive fills up, you can easily swap another one in.

    Just my recommendations. Otherwise, do a search in the Forums on this topic and you'll find a lot of excellent comments and advice. :cool:
     
  5. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Nice suggestion ~Shard~, thank you. ;) I'm one of those that is all thumbs. Mechanically challenged. No problem with taking something apart. It is getting it back to working order that causes problems.

    So far looking at a Lacie.
     
  6. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Understandable, everyone has different needs of course. :) Luckily, HD enclosures are getting to the point now where it is essentially plug 'n play - they're really quite straight-forward. Nonetheless, for people who don't want to hassle or that extra little aspect to possibly cause them troubles or wasted time, external drives are definitely a viable option.

    I have not heard any bad things about Lacie drives, however there have been some complaints. Again, if you search the Forums, you'll probably find some reviews of them. The only comment I'll make to take as a bit of a caution, if you will, is that Lacie themselves do not manufacture their own HDs. They use Seagate or Maxtor drives, so keep that in mind. Personally, I have witnessed, directly and indirectly, numerous problems with Maxtor drives, so that would make me a bit leery about buying a Lacie drive - but that's just me. :cool:
     
  7. Euan macrumors regular

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    Just remember that no product is perfect or without faults. There will always be someone out there who has had a problem with any product.
     
  8. Passante macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using a LaCie 250GB FireWire Hard Drive Design by F. A. Porsche. Its firewire only. $160 from buy.com.

    Very quiet drive, unlike other LaCie drives I've owned.

    Buy.com just sent me a %10 coupon so check deal catcher if you plan on ordering anything from them.

    Cheers
     
  9. Passante macrumors 6502a

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    NOW you tell me! :eek: Better go check the drive.
     
  10. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Glad to be of service... ;)
     

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