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Windows 7: cheapest external 8tb HDD ?

16 Mar 2017   #1
mikezilla2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
cheapest external 8tb HDD ?

Amazon.com: WD 8TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBBGB0080HBK-NESN: Computers & Accessories

just wondering if thats the cheapest price for that model or if there are other cheaper options besides Seagate ?

wondering what other sites ship overseas as well ?


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18 Mar 2017   #2
cornemuse

Windows 7 Home Premium bit
 
 

Personally, I would go for the most dependable drive, 8 tb of (crucial/important/must save/your life, man) data lost in one fell swoop due to penny-pinching wouldnt cut it for me, , , , ,
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18 Mar 2017   #3
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I have to agree with cornemuse. Most of the time, you get what you pay for. I would shell out the shekels for a good internal type drive, such as a WD Blue or Black for up to 6TB or a WD Gold for 8TB, and put it in an enclosure.
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18 Mar 2017   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
If the unit goes south so does your data even though the hdd inside might still be good bad thing about encryption
Indeed just get a enclosure and add what ever size hdd you can afford then if the enclosure goes out all you have to do is get a replacement.
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18 Mar 2017   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
If the unit goes south so does your data even though the hdd inside might still be good bad thing about encryption
Indeed just get a enclosure and add what ever size hdd you can afford then if the enclosure goes out all you have to do is get a replacement.
ThrashZone brings up a valid point. Many, if not most, external HDDs have built-in encryption to protect your data from snoops should you misplace the drive and someone else finds it or it gets stolen. The problem with that is, if the enclosure the external drive comes in ever goes bad, you will not be able to retrieve the data on the HDD inside even though the drive itself is ok. Besides getting a better quality drive when you buy an internal type drive and put it in your own enclosure, if the enclosure goes bad, you will still be able to access your data from the drive by putting it in another one.

Also, keep in mind that any drive can fail at any time without warning so it's a good idea to maintain backups of your data. You should have at least two backups, preferably one onsite and one offsite, since even backup drives can also fail at anytime without warning.
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19 Mar 2017   #6
mikezilla2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

all thr points rasied are valid but i should Add this will be for my PS4 - you can now install games to an external drive up to 8tbs there have been problems with some drives tho if i recall


if this was for my PC the throught process behind it would be very diffrent for me
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19 Mar 2017   #7
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Just remember that portable drives seem to be the lowest quality of drives made. I see post after post here about portable drives that have failed or gone RAW or some other such problem. I don't trust a portable drive for anything. They are convenient, but don't seem to be reliable.

As had been said, using a real desktop drive and an enclosure is a better idea. Will this not work for a PS4 in your situation?
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19 Mar 2017   #8
mikezilla2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
Just remember that portable drives seem to be the lowest quality of drives made. I see post after post here about portable drives that have failed or gone RAW or some other such problem. I don't trust a portable drive for anything. They are convenient, but don't seem to be reliable.

As had been said, using a real desktop drive and an enclosure is a better idea. Will this not work for a PS4 in your situation?
if its bigger than 8tb it may not work with my PS4 and some brands may not

is the manufatcturing process diffrent for externals ?

anyone got a listting of all the 8tb drives on the market and there prices ?

with the exchange rates - AUD is just a bit stronger than the CAD it might be cost prohibative

otherwise if i can get one of those cheap Daul NAs bays with WD reds that might be the way to go .....
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19 Mar 2017   #9
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mikezilla2 View Post
if its bigger than 8tb it may not work with my PS4 and some brands may not

is the manufatcturing process diffrent for externals ?

anyone got a listting of all the 8tb drives on the market and there prices ?

with the exchange rates - AUD is just a bit stronger than the CAD it might be cost prohibative

otherwise if i can get one of those cheap Daul NAs bays with WD reds that might be the way to go .....
Is there a reason you need 8TB or can you do as well with a 6TB? If you can use a 6TB drive, then your selection is better and will be less expensive. Since you are going to be using it for games, you will probably need a 7200 rpm drive, either a 6TB WD Black or an HGST 6TB or 8TB Helium drive (you do not want to use a NAS drive, such as the WD Reds).

I realize finances may be a bit tight but, the fact is, you get what you pay for. You pay the cheapest price, you will get the cheapest quality. Also, keep in mind that any drive, no matter how good it is, is subject to sudden irrecoverable failure at any time (I even had a WD Black, one of the most reliable drives made, arrive DOA) so you need to budget for at least one more drive (two would be much better) to backup what you put on the drive you are going to connect to your PS4.

Some external drives are made differently than internal type drives. Besides usually being lower quality and the aforementioned encryption issue, some do not have a SATA interface on the HDD and will connect directly to USB. Also, most, if not all, external drives are only 5400 rpm and, for gaming, you would be better off with a 7200 rpm drive.
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18 Apr 2017   #10
mikezilla2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

the problem with the PS4 is you are somewhat limited by the USB controller ...

someone suggested getting something in a Raid 1 config with two drives for redundancy ie synogly ....

doubtful that will work tho even if it is at a hardware level Due to the reformatting of the drives ie IIRC when you format this on the PS4 it wont be recognized by PCs ....

reason it needs to be 8 as oppesd to 3 4 or 6 is its bigger and i wanted to put a pile of games on it and not much else for the most part i can just redownload said games in the case of a failure having it last a long time would be good primaly just so i dont have to Fork out for a New one

atm looking at picking up the drive in the opening post i made and investing in more drives later down the track

the question becomes tho Pros and Cons of the external i linked to VS the seagate 8tb drive that is currently on sale ( alot cheaper)
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