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Hey guys, I have an old Seagate FreeAgent 500GB 3.5" External USB 2.0 from Fall 2009 that still works. I only turn it on from time to time to put files on or off from it. I was wondering what I should get? Will I get something that lasts that long? Does it matter if its 3.5" or 2.5"? Having it stand up or not? Having vent holes?

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Passport-Ultra-Portable-External/dp/B00W8XXYSM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8
http://www.amazon.com/Passport-Ultra-Portable-External-Backup/dp/B00E055H5O/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8
http://www.amazon.com/Book-Desktop-External-Drive-WDBFJK0020HBK-NESN/dp/B00E3RH5W2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1446769894&sr=8-3&keywords=mybook

I want the fastest, best one with the best reliability and best warranty, I found these.
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If you're really that concerned about getting the "best" external, why not just get a normal internal drive and stick it in your own enclosure? All the premade externals use fairly slow drives and are more geared towards durability against drops and general $ milking of novice users.
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Just open that Seagate FreeAgent and replace the drive inside with whatever size and brand of HDD you prefer.

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Just open that Seagate FreeAgent and replace the drive inside with whatever size and brand of HDD you prefer.


Could cerainly do that, though the controller on the freeagent's enclosure isn't the most efficient thing around if he really cares THAT much about perfomance and consistancy. Certainly the most cost effective solution though.
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post #5 of 6
I also recommend using a docking station. That way you can use an internal HDD (e.g., a WD Red Pro) which will most likely run faster and come with a much longer warranty than any external HDD. If you want something more portable however, the WD Passport series is fine.
Edited by Vigil - 11/9/15 at 4:17pm
post #6 of 6
Hi there!

It's a good thing to have something for backups, but are you looking for a portable or desktop external drive?

For a portable external drive I can recommend WD Elements and WD My Passport Ultra. They both are very good and reliable drives, and the only difference between them is that the second one is hardware encrypted and password protected while the first one is not. As for the maximum capacity, WD Elements comes with maximum available storage space of 2TB while WD My Passport is up to 3TB. Here's a link you if want to take a look:

WD Elements - http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=SQYSW5
WD My Passport Ultra - http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=S9lVlW

On the other hand, in case you're after a desktop external drives you can take a look at WD My Book which is also hardware encrypted and password protected and comes with backup program SmartWare Pro 3.0 that you can use for automatic backup. As for the storage space available, it's up to 6TB. You can check it out here:

WD My Book - http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=c5acqL

Hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions you may have.

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