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Windows 7: what are the good brands of external hdds are out there?

13 Aug 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
what are the good brands of external hdds are out there?

want to get a reliable external usb expansion hdd with win7/ gateway sx2311. recommendations? thanks!

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13 Aug 2014   #2

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines

There are several good brands, Toshiba, Western Digital and Seagate spring to mind in no particular order. If you have USB 3 on your computer you should get a USB3 drive. Most of the newer ones are that but you may find some are USB2. Basically you pays your money and you choose. I would look for the longest warranty.
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13 Aug 2014   #3
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

My best experience is with the Japanese makes.
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13 Aug 2014   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

There are many companies selling external drives but the drive itself is likely from Seagate or Western Digital.
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13 Aug 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
what are the good brands of external hdds are out there?

yup! all my drives in my gateways were wd except one it was a quantum fireball. thanks
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13 Aug 2014   #6

Desk 1: Win 7 Pro x32; Desk 2: Windows 10 x64

I have been buying Buffalo USB and NAS drives for myself and family for several years (probably 2NAS, 3 portables, and a half dozen USB external drives). I've had an excellent experience with all of them. They're also priced very reasonably.

p.s. I am not a big fan of WD external drives. Based on my reading in forums over the last many years, they seem to have more then their fair share of failures. WD internals seem much more reliable then their external products
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13 Aug 2014   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

I have an Hitachi Touro 1Tb USB 3 external Hard Drive that I use for backups. It is powered from the USB port. It is fairly small & easily portable.
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 what are the good brands of external hdds are out there?

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