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Windows 7: Looking for reliable 500 GB External HDD

04 Jun 2011   #1
tronfab

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
Looking for reliable 500 GB External HDD

Can someone recommend a well tested External HDD with at least 500 GB?

I'm having problems with my older Ext. HHD's being recognized by Win 7.

I've heard Western Digital is a good one.

TIA,

Ron


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04 Jun 2011   #2
simmo

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I'm using a 160gb WD Passport ext drive with no issues. So I would say you got no issues with them. If they make a 500gb version. Samsung also make them and they go to 2tb in size. So long as its a recognized company i.e WD Seagate Samsung, you should be good with any of them. cheers

PS..if your board supports USB 3 i'd be looking for a USB 3 compatable drive..
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04 Jun 2011   #3
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

You may want to build your own with a name brand HD Mfg drive

https://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-...ml#post1177933
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04 Jun 2011   #4
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

I know some will disagree but I have had very good experience with Lacie rugged. Problem is they are in France. but that is my portable. For all else I roll my own eSATA or USB3 so I can use the disk drive of my choice. See docs thread for that.

I have tried per-packaged externals but find them usually not well thought out - they usually don't have adequate cooling and run too hot, and use lower-end disk drives.
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04 Jun 2011   #5
tronfab

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

My 3 year old Dell XPS only supports USB 2.

Using a 4-5 year old SimpleTech SimpleDrive 96300 and it usually works with the Dell but my new Win 7 system won't recognize it and SimpleTech offers no Win 7 drivers.

From scanning these forums it seems Western is favorable.

This one looks like it might work well:
Amazon.com: Western Digital WD Elements 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive: Electronics

Anyone using it?

Thanks all,

Ron


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by simmo View Post
I'm using a 160gb WD Passport ext drive with no issues. So I would say you got no issues with them. If they make a 500gb version. Samsung also make them and they go to 2tb in size. So long as its a recognized company i.e WD Seagate Samsung, you should be good with any of them. cheers

PS..if your board supports USB 3 i'd be looking for a USB 3 compatable drive..
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04 Jun 2011   #6
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tronfab View Post
From scanning these forums it seems Western is favorable.
I can only highly not recommend Seagate external drives
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04 Jun 2011   #7
tronfab

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

The techie that replaced the mobo on the Dell 6 months ago told me to avoid Seagate, also. Won't go with SimpleTech either.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tronfab View Post
From scanning these forums it seems Western is favorable.
I can only highly not recommend Seagate external drives
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04 Jun 2011   #8
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

tronfab,

Could you give us a screen snip of your Disk Management with your external plugged it & turned on ?


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04 Jun 2011   #9
tronfab

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

After plugging in I get the "USB Device Not Recognized" message, so it won't show in Disk Management. Sorry if I wasn't more specific with the problem. My bad.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
tronfab,

Could you give us a screen snip of your Disk Management with your external plugged it & turned on ?
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04 Jun 2011   #10
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

What computer was your Ext originally connected to & what OS was on that computer ?
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