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Windows 7: External Hard drive-which one?

07 Jan 2011   #1

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External Hard drive-which one?

l am running Windows 7 Professional and wondered if anyone knows which is the best external Hard drive to use with my Desktop-No l do not want a Portable one.
At present l am looking at WD My Book Essentials as it is on special at DSE for $84-1Tb which is pretty good value.
l am aware the ordinary WD Elements for desktop-1Tb would do the job but the one l am looking at has some extra features and l wondered if anyone has got this and how it fares and are they happy with it.

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07 Jan 2011   #2
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit


That's the one I have and love it....Nice and reliable.
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15 Feb 2011   #3

7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I highly recommend Cavalry EHHD's like this one. I got their 500GB of this drive in 2007 and it has served me very well and I simply love the fact that it's housed in aluminum, so it's super quiet as it doesn't require a fan. Haven't had to reformat it or anything (transitioned from XP to Vista to 7 just fine) and it still runs like a champ - though I am encountering some minor hiccups over my USB NAS with .DOC files not wanting to be opened through it over NAS, probably not the drive's fault (router's software I believe is to blame for this).
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15 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Dick Smith Electronics have the 1TB Elements at $84 at the moment. I paid about $115 when I bought mine. Good basic drive at a good price.
In Australia watch it & other enclosed 7200rpms for temperature.
CrystalDiskInfo (free) is good for monitoring temperature & SMART data.
I have a little $10 BIGW fan on these when it gets a bit warm!
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15 Feb 2011   #5


Can't tell from looking at your system specs but if your MB supports USB 3.0 I would suggest you get the WD essential My Book with USB 3.0 support. You will really appreciate the speed over USB 2.0.
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15 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

There is not best drive. Buy the one that comes from a quality name brand, supports the fastest speeds and connections that your system has, and that fits your budget.
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