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I am looking to buy a 1 Terrabyte external hard drive that I will bring with me when traveling to various job locations.

I am looking to spend from $0 - $125.

Does anyone have any suggestions to a quality external of this caliber?
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post #2 of 11
Not sure which country you live in but I just picked up a Western Digital 3TB USB3 external hard drive for $130 at Costco a few weeks back. If you want something portable (without its own power supply) check out the Western Digital My Passport Essential drives. I've owned about 5 of them over the past couple of years and never had any problems with them.
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Not sure which country you live in but I just picked up a Western Digital 3TB USB3 external hard drive for $130 at Costco a few weeks back. If you want something portable (without its own power supply) check out the Western Digital My Passport Essential drives. I've owned about 5 of them over the past couple of years and never had any problems with them.
I had been looking at them, but was always unsure if they would last long enough..

Also, how easily would they get damaged when taking them from place to place in a car, train etc. ?
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I had been looking at them, but was always unsure if they would last long enough..

Also, how easily would they get damaged when taking them from place to place in a car, train etc. ?
As long as you don't drop them, they will be fine.
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As long as you don't drop them, they will be fine.
So in other words they are made poorly...

I need one that is very durable as it will be brought with me to other countries along with my laptop.. And knowing how security at airports tend to handle belongings, or if I have to stow it with my luggage, I need it to be able to take a few hits and bumps.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by King_Yoshi View Post
So in other words they are made poorly...

I need one that is very durable as it will be brought with me to other countries along with my laptop.. And knowing how security at airports tend to handle belongings, or if I have to stow it with my luggage, I need it to be able to take a few hits and bumps.
Then you need an SSD or Flashdrive. That's going to be pretty expensive.

Any HDD regardless of the price or quality can be damaged by shock. Knowing airports... if you're travelling constantly, your odds of it getting damaged are quite high. You should probably look into 2.5" drives/enclosures, as those are a tad more shock resistant....
     
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post #7 of 11
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Then you need an SSD or Flashdrive. That's going to be pretty expensive.

Any HDD regardless of the price or quality can be damaged by shock. Knowing airports... if you're travelling constantly, your odds of it getting damaged are quite high. You should probably look into 2.5" drives/enclosures, as those are a tad more shock resistant....
Is there the possibility that military grade enclosures are being sold to the public?
I have seen quite a few of them pop up for ipods, ipads and laptops. I wonder if they have them for hard drives as well...
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post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by King_Yoshi View Post
Is there the possibility that military grade enclosures are being sold to the public?
I have seen quite a few of them pop up for ipods, ipads and laptops. I wonder if they have them for hard drives as well...
Well, they're not military grade, but they are rated to survive fires, falls, etc.

Look into ioSafe External HDDs.

http://www.hddfiresafe.com/

Too expensive for my tastes!
     
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I own a couple of WD Passports, each of them have their own pouch/case I bought from WD as well. I've dropped them so many times I can't even count, and they're still running very well.
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post #10 of 11
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Well, they're not military grade, but they are rated to survive fires, falls, etc.

Look into ioSafe External HDDs.

http://www.hddfiresafe.com/

Too expensive for my tastes!
Ouch they are pretty expensive. and they can survive shotgun blasts and bullets!!!!

Maybe I will save up for one of these down the road.. but a external that can survive explosives may be going a bit overboard for me...

Thank you all for the information.
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Intel X25-M Mainstream SSD 2.5" 160GB SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC ... WD Black WD10000LSRTL 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 2x Western Digital WD AV-GP WD10EURX 1TB Intell... 
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ROCCAT KONE Pure Core Performance Gaming Mouse... 2x Black Oversized Mousepads 
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