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Hey guys,

I don't know much about external hard drives and how they differ from each other so I will like to get some help on finding one for my Windows OS class. It must be more than 80GB. I can spend $100 at most and I'll be shopping at Microcenter, but other recommendations are fine.

Thanks
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At $100, you can get a 2TB 2.5" USB 3.0 drive. 1TB models often go on sale for $60-70. If you don't need all that space though, I strongly suggest considering a 128GB-ish SSD paired with a USB 3.0 external enclosure. Unlike a mechanical HDD, this combo should be quite resistant to shocks and will be significantly faster than 5200-5400RPM 2.5" HDDs.
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At $100, you can get a 2TB 2.5" USB 3.0 drive. 1TB models often go on sale for $60-70. If you don't need all that space though, I strongly suggest considering a 128GB-ish SSD paired with a USB 3.0 external enclosure. Unlike a mechanical HDD, this combo should be quite resistant to shocks and will be significantly faster than 5200-5400RPM 2.5" HDDs.

USB + SSD sounds silly... USB 3.0 = 120MB/s, correct? Anyway, I would suggest... NVM, just saw the prices... I have the Seagate GoFlex that's 500GB... why did the prices skyrocket on it?
Sorry, I guess I don't have a suggestion - but I have a couple friends whom are using WD's. I think they are the 2TB "My Book", but those are pushing the price limit as well.
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Aren't flash drives really... REALLY slow? I know have had basic sticks (8GB and 4GB) that hit 5MB/s max, but I don't know the speed the expensive ones hit.
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USB + SSD sounds silly... USB 3.0 = 120MB/s, correct?

More like 250MB/s without UASP and 350MB/s with if you use a SATA III capable enclosure. Besides, if you deal with tons of small files or use the drive for running virtual machines, an SSD is a godsend. I've actually been using SSDs in enclosures even with USB 2.0. Works really great for running portable apps. Due to better random access times, apps running from a USB 2.0 SSD are actually faster than locally installed apps on HDD.

I'm not sure what the Windows OS class would entail but if the OP doesn't need gobs of space, why not go for performance to finish tasks more quickly?



As for flash drives, yeah, that 128GB drive will probably give you awful performance. However, good USB 3.0 flash drives such as the SanDisk Extreme will give you faster performance than a VRaptor connected to SATA3.
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Besides, if you deal with tons of small files or use the drive for running virtual machines, an SSD is a godsend
Right... +1 for SSD now...

And I guess I get to do some digging around with proper enclosures. I keep my little 500GB mobile though - I tend to the computers of everyone I know. The speeds are great for what I need it for. My use (Click to show)
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I have the Seagate GoFlex that's 500GB... why did the prices skyrocket on it?
Sorry, I guess I don't have a suggestion - but I have a couple friends whom are using WD's. I think they are the 2TB "My Book", but those are pushing the price limit as well.

Do you have the regular GoFlex or the GoFlex Satellite? I believe the Satellite has always been relatively expensive but there has been some pretty deep sales on it occasionally. The WD My Books aren't exactly portable (3.5" with separate power adapter). WD's portable line includes the My Passport and Elements. Have to be careful with the Elements line since they come in both 3.5" and USB-powered 2.5" flavors.

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And I guess I get to do some digging around with proper enclosures.

Something with ASMedia 1053E. ASMedia 1051E works, too. I have the Silverstone RVS02 which has the AS1051E chipset. Not exactly the best build quality but it's the only enclosure I've found for under $30 that actually works at SATA3 speed. Mind, even a SATA2 to USB3 enclosure doesn't do badly. I get around 200MB/s peak sequential on cheapie $12 enclosures and if you're only using BOT, the difference between SATA2 and SATA3 is probably just around 50MB/s.

That's with native Intel Q77 chipset. If you're only using a PCIe to USB3 adapter, then yes, it's possible for peak sequentials to be capped at ~130MB/s. Still, that's usually better than the 40-60MB/s you normally get from 5400RPM 2.5" drives (much lower for small files).
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I have an old SSD in one of

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AW8XBFG/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

those. Its a mushkin enhanced sata2. Works perfectly.

Find a SSD here on the marketplace and throw it in one.
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