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Why is it so hard to find a good external portable USB harddrive?

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I've been researching for about a week now and I keep hitting a wall. So many bad reviews of Seagates and Western Digital has some good ones too but with mixed reviews.

Can someone just recommend me a good portable drive please? I'll take your advice gladly over other reviews I read with noobish tones.

thanks
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My Western Digital Passport Essentials 320 GB is a fine drive. I don't know what negatives you might be coming across in you're reading reviews, but it does what it's supposed to.
    
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Im a believer in building my own external drives, all the external hard drives that I purchased at the store tended to die after a year (or sooner) mainly due to the on board controller. Grab a WD Scorpio black and a nice external enclosure, know that the hard drive has a 3 year warranty, and the external enclosure is cheap enough that you can grab a new one for 9.99 if it dies
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I've had a 500 Gig Western digital passport for 3+ years. Reviews can sometimes be scary but we have to keep in mind that defective drives will come along once in a while. I bet you that a fraction of the people that got a good drive actually post a review of it while a big percentage of the people that got a bad drive (if not most) post a review of it. my
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Why not just make your own? I just made one yesterday. USB 3.0 and 500GB of storage. Remove 2 screws, connect the hard drive. Pop it in. Screw it back. Done.


http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=54...acture=Patriot

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=54...20Digital%20WD

Or

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=35...acture=Seagate

Depending on your choice of brand. At least in this case you can pick the hard drive you think is the most reliable and the hard drive built for a laptop so there is durability in it.
Edited by RagingInferno - 3/14/11 at 12:50pm
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Well I can't recommend any specific external drives, but have you though about making your own? I made an external from a 1 Tb drive I had lying around and this and it works wonderfully. Seems like all of the externals are hit and miss, but this way you would know the quality of the hard drive you are putting in it.

Also I realize what I linked to isn't very portable, but there are plenty of 2.5" enclosures available too.
    
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Buy HDD enclosure. Buy favorite HDD. Assemble HDD. Smile cause you accomplished something Because I'll wait forever to see the day when store-bought external drive's actually come with a cooling fan.
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You may want solely USB bus powered drives. It makes things a lot more convenient IMO.
    
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I had a WD Mybook 500gb that died, but it moved around a lot with my in my laptop bag... I think it may have just bounced too many times. I think many reviews may be in this realm. Mechanical drives don't like to move, no matter what kind of case they are put in. I think if your looking for just a back up drive any of the major brands will be good for you, if you need a drive that can move around look for a good warranty and have a back up of your data.

Realize, drives fail, that's what they do. If your data is that important Backup, always Backup.
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I have a 1TB Western Digital MyBook or whatever, it is great. USB is slow, so I took it apart and made it internal and just use the pieces for an external converter for anytime I need to go. So a long story short, WD is great and can take a beating.
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