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Windows 7: Which External HD ? & On Cloud Storage (right word for ?)

11 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 64bit
Which External HD ? & On Cloud Storage (right word for ?)

Hi folks,

Want to buy an external 1 TB HD, and of course looked thru Amazon.

Quite disturbing reading all the reviews, as neither Seagate or Western Digital shine.

Most of the reviews talk about their conking out in a few months, flimsy construction, no customer service, etc.

Seagate "used" to be so good; wonder what happened.

Anyway, I have to buy something.

Is their any kind of concensous among you experts which brand (and model) might
prove to be be the best bet ? Who still has the best reputation ?

And, at my age it is getting to be hard to keep up with all of this.
Heard about cloud-storage where you wouldn't back up to your own HD, but send all the files to some other place via the web.
Seems like it would be awfully slow to transfer, particularly videos (of Grandkid of course)

Might someone give me a few words on this possibility, please.

Thanks for opinions,

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11 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]

I bought a year/half ago one 1Tb Western Digital Elements 3,5", 7200 Rpm_Usb 2.0.

It is enough for external hard drive. the only thing is that it had no switch on/off. Just have to unplug or put it in a rack that have a switch. It is already pre-formated to NTFS, just plug & play and have a capabilities to idle.

Oops, looks you're looking for video HD Hard this one? WD Elements Play 1 TB
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11 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 64bit
From OP: For NoN


What's the difference ?

I certainly have test and videos on my PC HD now.

Is it that one is optimized for video in some way ?
If so, how ?

Thanks for help.
Appreciate it.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

11 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Robert11 View Post

What's the difference ?

I certainly have test and videos on my PC HD now.

Is it that one is optimized for video in some way ?
If so, how ?

Thanks for help.
Appreciate it.

As you can see on amazon, the first one is a simple Hard drive, running 7200rpm with idle capabilities (means you can let it plug-in for a while), Is made to just drag & drop to the hard drive, move to & copy to.
Product Features and Technical Details

Product Features
  • WD quality inside and out
  • Plug-and-play simplicity
  • Designed to save power
  • Earth-friendly packaging
  • Preformatted for PCs
Technical Details

Performance Specifications
Serial Transfer Rate
USB 2.0
Serial Bus Transfer Rate (USB 2.0) 480 Mb/s (Max)
Physical Specifications
Capacity 1 TB
Interface USB 2.0
Physical Dimensions
Height 8.02 Inches
Length 1.42 Inches
Width 4.90 Inches
Weight 2.24 Pounds
Height 203.82 mm
Length 36.14 mm
Width 124.68 mm
Weight 1.02 kg
Environmental Specifications
Temperature (English)
Operating 41 F to 95 F
Non-operating -4 F to 149 F
Temperature (Metric)
Operating 5 C to 35 C
Non-operating -20 C to 65 C
Electrical Specifications
Current Requirements
Power Dissipation
AC Input Voltage 100-240 VAC
AC Input Frequency 50-60 Hz
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11 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]

With the second one should be able playback of Full-HD 1080p videos, aswell it can store your simple data files.

Product Features and Technical Details

<DIV class=content>Product Features
  • Full-HD 1080p resolution
  • Plenty of room for your media collection
  • Supports a wide variety of file formats
  • Camera compatible
  • Easy intuitive user interface
  • High capacity all-in-one media player
  • Hassle-free playback of Full-HD 1080p-quality media on your big screen TV
  • Play a wide variety of file formats
  • Storage for movies, home videos, digital music, and photos
  • Playing movies in Real Media (RMVB) format
Media Formats: AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB/ISO, MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), TS/TP/M2TS (MPEG 1/2/4, AVC), FLV (D1 resolution only), RM or RMVB 8/9/10, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG, MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, OGG, APE, Dolby Digital (inside video file only), Playlist – PLS, M3U, WPL, Subtitle – SRT, SSA, SUB, SMI, MKS, TXT
Notes: MP3/WMA supports up to 320kbps, AAC/APE/MKA/OGG up to 256kbps, FLAC up to 1200kbps. RMVB supports up to 1280x720 40Mbps compressed video resolution. MPEG1/2/4 supports up to 1080p, 30fps. MPEG2 ML/MP conforming to ISO-13818. MPEG1 ML/MP conforming to ISO-11172. H.264 HP @ level 4.1 only. An audio receiver is required for multi-channel surround sound via digital optical output. For full details, please refer to the user manual.

Sorry the Quote is too long for the post, please see and scroll down to the full Specs tech on the second amazon link!!!

After it is a matter of price and what you would like to do.

If you think you can just store your files (videos, music, documents, pictures) and watch them when you desire, then the first one is far enough to backup and use it with cloud computing.

If you would like to playback directly onto a pc monitor (DVI/Hdmi) or on a Tv (Hd), then the second one can help you to do it (you still can use it as storage).
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