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Looking for a good External HDD for backup purposes.

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Hey guys, as title says I'm looking for a external hdd to backup some stuff with, the most important being my music collection. I don't need a ton of space <1tb would be fine and price wise I'm looking for the <=$100 range but will go as high as $150 if its really worth it. Performance isn't my main concern considering this will be used very rarely, I also don't plan to keeping it running all the time. It will be strictly for backing up.

I don't have any experience with external drives so I'm not sure which companies have the best reputation, I know I could read professional reviews but I trust the experience from people on here who have used a product for x-number of years as apposed to someone who ran a few benchmarks over the course of a weekend.

Reliability is my number one priority with this drive seeing as it will be a backup drive. Thanks to anyone kind enough to post a reply.
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post #2 of 5
Well, this is what I've been eyeing for a while now...

Seagate Expansion 3 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

You decide how much you want to spend based on size... I think the price is awesome, and you can use it between computers easily.
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I'm using a cheap 3TB Hitachi external for backing up my main PC. I'm happy with it - no issues so far.

It cost about $120... but prices did go up a bit since I bought it. (I got it just before the flooding, so around Oct 2011) I'm not sure what sort of price you should be looking for now.
     
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post #4 of 5
have a look at WD my books/passports essentials or elements external drives.. nice quality solutions too smile.gif
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=wd+external+hard+drive
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Thanks for the posts guys, I'm looking into a couple of things right.Tbh I'm a bit weary, nothing has great reviews from customers and screams reliability but I guess thats just the nature of hard drives.
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