250-400 GB external HD help, please!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kwajaln, Oct 23, 2005.

  1. kwajaln macrumors 6502


    Sep 18, 2004
    I have been looking into external hard drives in the 250-400 GB range and I have really been having trouble finding what seems to be a good choice. Don't get me wrong - I've found glowing reviews of almost every brand and model, but it's the negative reviews that are the problem. I have never seen so many bad reviews of a "leading" product before. I've looked at the Lacie d2 250GB, the Maxtor One Touch 300 GB, and a few others. The number of failed drives and lost data is alarming! Can someone suggest a good/excellent external hard drive for me, please? Thank you very much!
  2. debroglie macrumors 6502a


    Aug 19, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA
    I've had good experiences with Lacie products

    However, I would suggest that you build your own external
  3. Alone2Gether macrumors regular


    Jul 27, 2005
    Maxtor and Seagate are good. It usually cheaper if you buy an internal HD and a HD enclosure and put it together yourself.

    If you just want an external HD, I would recommend a Seagate. I received one as a gift two years ago and it's still strong.
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Every hard drive in the world will fail. Guaranteed.

    The people whose drives fail on the leading edge if the Bell Curve get right #^$$=& about it because they probably never made backups and thought they were golden for 5 or more years. So based on a sample size of one, they rant and rave about this or that brand.

    Now based on my personal experience and viewing forums, it seems that the Maxtor drives are somewhat more prone to breakdown, LaCie has had some problems with their power supplies. Am I going to pull the Maxtors out of my personal machines? Nope. Am I going to engage in regular backups (no matter what brand of drive)? Yup.

    Seagate is my manufacturer of choice. They have 5 year warranties on their Barracuda series. BUT I would not buy a Seagate external finished goods drive, because you then get 1 year warranty. I would buy a good quality external firewire case, and a bare Barracuda 7200.8 drive, and assemble it myself.

  5. plasticparadox macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2003
    That's great advice! Thank you.

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