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So I'm looking to replace an older external drive that I used for media files; movies, music, photo editing files (PSD files can get huge >.< ) with something that is a little faster and has more room than my current 250GB.

I am looking for a 1TB USB 3.0 but noticed that all the ones I can find are 5,400rpm and I am unable to find a 7,200rpm drive. Are there even any out there? Should I settle for a 5,400rpm drive?




Also on a side note why are there none to very, very few external SSDs?
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Are you looking at 2.5" portable external hard drives? If so then they won't come in anything faster than 5400 RPM. The reason being power over the 5v USB cable. 7200 RPM drives require too much and would need an additional AC adapter to further power it.

As for there being very few external SSDs it's because no one wants to pay $$$ for little storage, despite it being vastly quicker than any mechanical drive. That is where USB thumb drives come into play. Of course you being to hit a certain price threshold as you increase in size (<64GB).
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Uhm 2.5? It's external, so it doesn't really matter what size it is. Just something I can throw in my backpack if I need to, 90% of the time will sit on my desk next to my PC though.



EDIT
I did find something that may fit my needs; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822165097

Thoughts?
Edited by Meltdown - 11/20/12 at 9:36pm
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Why not just go the DIY route and buy an external enclosure or dock and a 7200RPM drive? Heck, you can even use a VelociRaptor or an SSD if you wanted to.
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Originally Posted by rui-no-onna View Post

Why not just go the DIY route and buy an external enclosure or dock and a 7200RPM drive? Heck, you can even use a VelociRaptor or an SSD if you wanted to.

This.

I made the switch to external eSATA (but you could just as easily use USB3.0) for my daily offsite backup. It is MUCH faster than my tape drives, and for less than the cost of even a basic 400GB tape drive, I can get 5 (Monday thru Friday) TB hard drives and 5 eSATA enclosures.

I just bring from home the next days backup drive, plug it in, and run a backup of critical files, and take the previous days drive home.

You can get a USB3/eSATA enclosure for $40 and add what ever hard drive you want.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817576015
post #6 of 6
amazon currently has an internal 3TB seagate drive for $90 if you plan to go the DIY route.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005T3GRLY/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
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