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If you are moving it around a lot make sure it is based on a 2.5" drive which are built differently and can deal with movement better than 3.5" drives. I've seen very little problems with the 2.5" WD Passport drives compared to any 3.5" externals. They are the ONLY externals I would even consider.
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I know in video editing, the G Raid series is used frequently because of their high reliability and RAID-0 setup. While they're not cheap they offer the availability of eSATA, firewire, and USB 2.0. I'm looking to get a

for HD video editing once I can afford it.
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i have a wd 500gb passport 2.5 inch portable hard drive (usb powered) had it for a couple years no problems and no bad sectors... take it for what its worth..
hope that helped..
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Cool thanks guys. I'm going to look into building my own enclosure/setup. This would mean the drive would need a power brick though? Not so portable, correct? I am most likely wrong.
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Cool thanks guys. I'm going to look into building my own enclosure/setup. This would mean the drive would need a power brick though? Not so portable, correct? I am most likely wrong.
Nope. Most of the 2.5" enclosures can be USB-powered. Needless to say, you'd need to stick with a 2.5" HDD. If you're going to use them externally via USB, even 5400RPM is fine (might even be preferred since they're generally lower power). The USB connection will be a bottleneck, anyway.
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I have the WD Passport Elite and I love it!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136481
It is an awesome drive, really fast, comes with a nice docking station that I put into my desktop. Highly recommend.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rui-no-onna View Post
Nope. Most of the 2.5" enclosures can be USB-powered. Needless to say, you'd need to stick with a 2.5" HDD. If you're going to use them externally via USB, even 5400RPM is fine (might even be preferred since they're generally lower power). The USB connection will be a bottleneck, anyway.
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Building your own is a good idea. I would stick with eSATA as it's a lot faster then USB2, especially copying to and from a SSD.
I use these for years. Just bought a new one yesterday as a matter of fact, as they're both 66% full, about as full as you want to keep them lasting forever. (well not forever, but many years) The Calvaries are Hitachi 7,200rpm 16mb. I've been buying Lacies for years. Starting back in the 250GB era. When they fill up (66%) I unplug them and store them away until needed and buy a new one, as I did yesterday. (they ALL still work, many years) I had 1 WD notebook (or whatever they called the one that stands up and looks like a book) make some noises and unplugged and replace it prematurely but it does still work. (unfilled. And it worked the last time I tried it, a few years ago)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822101135

This is the one I got yesterday.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822101186

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822154426
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That is fine for backup drives that would stay in the office, dorm room, etc. But for taking them with you in a laptop bag they are completely impractical. Since the OP asked about PORTABLE drives 2.5" drives would be much more practical.
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I use these for years. Just bought a new one yesterday as a matter of fact, as they're both 66% full, about as full as you want to keep them lasting forever. (well not forever, but many years) The Calvaries are Hitachi 7,200rpm 16mb. I've been buying Lacies for years. Starting back in the 250GB era. When they fill up (66%) I unplug them and store them away until needed and buy a new one, as I did yesterday.
why 66% ??? i have multiple drives 99. XX percent full??
os drives i understand but for slaves?
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