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Windows 7: Seagate or Western digital External HDD?

10 Jan 2010   #1

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
Seagate or Western digital External HDD?

Would like to ask for your recommendations.I'm deciding on buying a new external HDD later on..But i'm not sure which is better?Seagate freeagent or WD's my passport essentials?Am planning on getting a 320gb type..

Looking forward for your replies..Thanks.:)

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10 Jan 2010   #2

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64

I think it would be better to get an enclosure .. And a good quality Hard Drive of your choice ..
and build your own .. There's advantages of being able to get to the HDD

Something like these parts .. - Rosewill RX-358-S - western digital caviar black
See the 5 yr warranty on the HDDs ??
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10 Jan 2010   #3
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Either! They both make good drives. One thing to know however is that the drives placed in external enclosures will tend to run warmer then seen when installed inside a desktop where far better air flow is expected.

WD just revealed a new USB 3.0 MyBook model external drive reportedly screamed past the same thing in the USB 2.0 form. First USB 3.0 Tests: Western Digital?s My Book Sails Through - PC World

The new 3.0 standard itself is something to consider. The external 3.0 drives will still work on 2.0 ports however but won't be able to take advantage of that seen on new boards coming out. I'll be waiting for new external enclosures that will be using the 3.0 interface there where you can slide any drive into a well cooled external enclosure being more versatile.

Note one other thing that the drives sold in presealed external casings are the energy efficient models suited for storage. Other models of the same line of drive by each manufacturer are better suited for OSs.
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10 Jan 2010   #4

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Since I am not using either of your choices, I cannot help you decide. I can tell you where to get help. Ebay maintains an excellent ratings section for HD. I have used this souce for other electroic purchases and always got what I expected.

eBay -: western digital Reviews & Guides
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10 Jan 2010   #5

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64

Thanks noyb..However i move around alot..Would like to purchase a portable one..That fits in my pocket or pouch..Seagate's freeagent also has 5 years waranty..
WD's also got good review..I'm at lost now...
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10 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

I've always gone for Western Digital for external, and now Seagate for internal - up to you, and as has been mentioned you can build your own.
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10 Jan 2010   #7

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64

Thanks guys for your fast responses and links..Will look into it and maybe consider on getting WD's..Looks good though...
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10 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I've been using a WD passport for the past year, every single day at work and it's been flawless. It's the 400GB model. It travels to and from the office each day in my laptop it's certainly had it's fair share of abuse and it's been solid.
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10 Jan 2010   #9
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

I haven't used the pocket sized not generally using a laptop here but considered one for going from desktop to another or a 64gb flash drive. It depends on how large a drive you need as well.

I've been running WD drives for some 13yrs. straight and never have any major issues with them. I removed two out of the internal casings for internal use with one still new in the box when removed to add storage space with the larger of the two.
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10 Jan 2010   #10

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)

See my sig for my recommendation. Granted, I share a Seagate 500GB external with my sister, but my uncle put it in an enclosure for us. I've heard that WD drives hold up better in general, but that's hearsay.

It gets pretty darned hot during a full backup, as Night Hawk alluded to.....but that is partially because of USB 2.0 speeds backing up my Caviar Black 640GB internal drive. The OS partition doesn't take long enough for it to really get hot, but the data partition does.

I'm hoping to score a new external drive at tax time, that can utilize my tower's front esata port, then I will give this Seagate up to my sister. So hopefully Uncle Sam is feeling generous this year!
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