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Which external HDD to buy

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Right now I have the chance to grab an external HDD before prices skyrocket, but I don't know which one to choose. My options are following: WD Elements and WD My Book Essential. Which one is better and why? Also I have heard that external HDDs that have separate power cords are far more reliable than drives that only use USB power.
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I have a 1tb mybook... is a great drive for storage space for my htpc.

External powersupply, connected via usb 2.0

Been on 24/7 for last 18mos without a bad sector.

When htpc actually does "sleep" it spins down and goes into powersaving mode.

Best investment I think I have made.
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i have a portable WD passport usb3 1tb, it is great, but it was at 89$ now is 150$ XD
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