Which External hard drive

  Roy03 25 Dec 12

I will be buying an external hard drive in the new year and I need some advice. I rather like the idea of a usb powered unit, but are they as efficient as a mains powered unit. Also any thoughts on which brand. It will be used just to store my photos and music,so it wont be in permanent use Many thanks and Merry Xmas Roy

  mole1944 27 Dec 12

If like mr you have a spare hard drive just get a caddy,if you have to get the compkete unit make sure it's mains powered as the power draw from a USB is limited so mains powered units are a better bet.As to which brand i have no idea others are more qualified than i to answer that question.

  Diemmess 27 Dec 12

I can only endorse mole1944's post.

Have had a pile of HDs over the years and apart from different labels would not have been able at any stage to tell t'other from which when in use.

Western Digital If you want my favourite, but that's based on no particular reason than in earlier days they looked more solid, shiny and sturdy.

None has failed me over the years, but my first experience was a mere 40Mb!

  wee eddie 27 Dec 12

I can only give you one suggestion.

Go for USB3.

  TopCat® 28 Dec 12

I agree with wee eddie provided your motherboard has USB3 ports. I would also recommend the GoFlex Free Agent portable drive of varying high capacities and can be purchased with USB2 or 3 support. Have one myself and am very satisfied with its performance. TC.

  iscanut2 28 Dec 12

Have used USB powered external drives ( two of them ) for years without any problems. WD and Maxtor. One of then needs two USB sockets but run fine from a 6 connection USB hub.

  wee eddie 28 Dec 12

The only problem with USB2 is that if you have any volume to transfer between drives, it can take hours.

  woodchip 28 Dec 12

If you use a Old drive, Do buy a Caddy with a Fan in it as Heat kills External Drives


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