Need new external hard drive

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    That drive is small, slow and usually quiet. When accessed, you'll hear a low level squeak.

    Speed doesn't matter much for backup, so don't let that put you off.
     
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    My advice…

    Don't buy a "pre-assembled" drive.

    Rather -- buy a "bare" drive, buy either an enclosure or perhaps a USB3/SATA dock, and then "roll your own".

    You don't need technical expertise (even _I_ could do it!).

    Advantages of doing things this way:
    - you get to pick out the best combination of parts
    - since you assemble it yourself, you know what's inside if you ever have problems and have to "get into things".

    If you want to get a 2.5" sized drive, you might consider this enclosure:
    http://oyendigital.com/hard-drives/store/U32-M.html

    If you want a 3.5" drive, I think a USB3/SATA docking station might be a good choice:
    http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Dock...=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B003UI62AG

    Either of the above will yield VERY fast read/write speeds.

    The advantage of using a USB/SATA dock is "swap-a-bility". If you get a second or third bare drive, it's a snap to just remove one drive from the dock, and put another in.
     
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    Im using a 1.0TB wd drive with a blackx usb docking station by thermaltake. Its slow usb2 but works good for backup. Plus can swap out drives as needed.
     
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    Thank you for the advice!

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    those are great items,I will consider doing that, thank you
     
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    They just had a special Amazon for a 4TB seagate USB 3 ext hdd for $139, normally $179 and above.

    Been thinking about buying it for awhile since my seagate 3TB ext hdd (bought it for $119) only has 800GB free.

    Needed something that I could us to backup my movies, TV shows, and music.

    I am also looking at getting the USB3/SATA drive docks for future swap ability for increased storage. I hear they can be noisy so I might just use them for backup versus using it to stream my media content to throughout the house.
     
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    costco also has had this one for around $150 the last couple months.
     
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    "I am also looking at getting the USB3/SATA drive docks for future swap ability for increased storage. I hear they can be noisy so I might just use them for backup versus using it to stream my media content to throughout the house."

    They aren't noisy, at least in my experience.

    So long as the drive _in_ the dock is relatively quiet, that's all you'll hear (the drive platters spinning). And that won't be very noisy at all.
     
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    Cool, thanks for the info. Probably my next purchase for storage space I will make.
     
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    Looks like it dropped to $130 today.
     
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    I got a 2th my passport that thing is pocketable and it's 3.0
     
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    2T western digital passport 3.0? you have a photo?
    is the portable fast enough? no ac adapter correct? just usb 3.0?
     
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    Its very pocketable and it runs on usb bus power.. i get about 100mb/s read and write speeds
     

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