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    Pandaren Monk Klutzington's Avatar
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    Best External Hardrive

    Hey guys. Do any of you know good brands for external hard drives? My old external is bound to clunk out anytime soon (a WD), and I am in need of a new one.

    I was looking at this, but there is a program literally embedded into the hardware (and to my knowledge not removable) that is very annoying. I don't want a program to start up everytime I plug it in, I just want a place to store my things.

    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digita...9478543&sr=1-1

    I also found this, people said as long as you re-formatted the drive (I'd be doing FAT32), the software will come off.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152298

    Any ideas?

    Also, would I need a cable like this, or is it included with the Ext HDDs? (I'm reading reviews on some of them, and people are saying that the cables provided for almost all USB 3.0 Ext HDDs can only support USB 2.0).

    Fifth edit: Ok, so I know this is a Seagate (yeah, /cringe. I know.), but it has many good reviews (55 5-star, 8 4-star, 1 3-star, no 2 or 1 star) and few of them have failures or DOA, and the speed test for this is great.

    Sequential Read : 117.422 MB/s
    Sequential Write : 117.264 MB/s
    Random Read 512KB : 39.164 MB/s
    Random Write 512KB : 43.524 MB/s
    Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.461 MB/s [ 112.5 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.871 MB/s [ 212.6 IOPS]
    Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 0.546 MB/s [ 133.2 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.861 MB/s [ 210.3 IOPS]
    Test : 1000 MB [E: 0.0% (0.1/931.5 GB)] (x5)
    Date : 2012/09/25 21:16:38
    OS : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)
    So here it is. http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Expans...pr_product_top
    Last edited by Klutzington; 2012-10-05 at 11:27 PM.

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    USB 3.0 cables are included with the drives, if they support 3.0.

    I'd lean towards the WD, as Seagate is about as useful as a bag of excrements.

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    Yeah. I'll probably just go with WD and disable the VCD located in the drive. I'll reformat everything, too. Thanks.

    And also, I figured Seagate would be a bad choice, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klutzington View Post
    Yeah. I'll probably just go with WD and disable the VCD located in the drive. I'll reformat everything, too. Thanks.

    And also, I figured Seagate would be a bad choice, too.
    Well, I have had a Seagate Free Agent Go 600 GB for two years. I've written about 5 TB to it over the course of its life and it still works fine. I used to fly with my Seagate drive, sleeved as carry on.

    The main reason I picked Seagate over WD was looks though.

    By the way, the WD one you linked is $85 at Newegg with free shipping. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=WDBBEP0010BBK . The Seagate drive you linked is $80 at Newegg, also with free shipping. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=STBX1000101

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    How about a SATA to USB dock? That way you can get any hard drive on the market really, and I think it'd be cheaper.

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