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Hey guys/gals


I am in the market for a new external as mine is failing hard (56% drive health) and was wondering if there are preferred brands at the moment ?


Basically I can get 1 of 4 drives seems they are in a price range my current budget allows but I am not sure what the differences are ...


Here are the 3 drives :


Western Digital My Book Essential WDBACW0030HBK, 3TB (WDBACW0020HBK, 2TB variant)
Seagate Backup Plus Desktop STCA2000200, 2TB (or the goflex variant with the same drive)


A lot of people have told me that 3TB drives are not as reliable and then the usual brand war breaks out.


Which would you guys choose ?



All information would be greatly appreciated.
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get whichever is the cheapest for capacity for your needs.
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I have five 3TB WD My Book Essentials. I usually buy from Amazon or Newegg. I recommend you to read the customer's reviews at these vendors. Then you will know that the issue of My Book Essential is not limited to 3TB. Many customers have issues for 2TB version as well. From my experiences, the main issue of My Book Essential is the reliability. Four of my five drives are always detected by my computer without any problems. But my computer stops to detect one of the drives once in a while (once a month or so). Usually the computer rediscovers the drive automatically. But once in a while I have to cut the power of the drive and restart the drive to force the computer to find the drive. Inside the drive there is a circuit to encrypt the data before it is stored in the drive. Maybe this circuit might not be very reliable depending on the batch of the drive you got. Also this circuit makes it impossible to resurrect yourself the data by connecting the bare drive directly to your USB without an enclosure when the drive fails. Thus if the drive fails, you most likely will have to go to the a specialist for data recovery. Due to this reliability issue, I always store the important data in two different places (either in external or internal drives). For the most important data, I have a Bluray disc drive and store them in 50GB discs.

However, I wouldn't say that the other drives are better than My Book Essential. I have a Seagate 1TB drive. It stopped to function two or three years ago. Luckily I stored most of the important data in one of those My Book as a duplicate. Although I don't have the Seagate drive that you mentioned, I feel that the reliability of these Seagate drive is not much different from that of WD My Book. Again I recommend you to read the customer's reviews. Many complain about the reliability and the heat issue of the Seagate drives.

I think that the key is to store the important data in more than one places (external, internal, data dvd, or data Bluray disc). This will give you a peace of mind.
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I just got a Seagate 3TB Backup Plus from Micro Center last weekend and for $110 it was the best purchase I've madein a while.

First, it actually has a 4TB HDD in it.

Transfer speeds over USB3.0 can maintain over 187MBs!

Not very loud at all.

For an external, 5900rpm drive, I seriously am blown away. I don't know what more I could ask for!
   
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