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Plus the E-Sata enclosures tend to be a LOT larger than a standard USB 2.0 enclosure. If you are caring it around a lot then the smaller size could and convenience could well be a deciding factor.
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Originally Posted by PapaSmurf View Post
Plus the E-Sata enclosures tend to be a LOT larger than a standard USB 2.0 enclosure. If you are caring it around a lot then the smaller size could and convenience could well be a deciding factor.
Not really. You can get something like this. It's slightly bigger but not by much.
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I stand corrected. I hadn't seen one that small.
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I ended up getting a Seagate GoFlex USB 3.0 with 1TB of space. Before you get upset and ask "did you even read our posts", I want to say this is going to be for light usage. Meaning, some carrying around (rarely but often enough to want portable) and simply dragging and dropping files for backup. Oh and my reasoning for going with the Seagate was because I had a $50 gift card from Office Depot. I hope I made the right decision paying ~$40 for this drive.

Quick question: Can I format the drive and get rid of all those folders and the setup file? Will I lose any performance or is that strictly a function of what hardware it came with?

Thanks guys.
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That looks like a fairly good choice overall. When you deal with Office Depot you are extremely limited in what hard drives you can get, but that is probably as good if not better than any other that they carry. The performance should be more of a factor of the hardware. You should be able to format the drive and lose the pre-installed software, but I'm not 100% certain on that (I don't by Seagate products due to their higher than normal failure rates compared to WDC). I've always been able to do it on all of the external WDC drives I've dealt with over the years.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Vbp6us View Post
I ended up getting a Seagate GoFlex USB 3.0 with 1TB of space. Before you get upset and ask "did you even read our posts", I want to say this is going to be for light usage. Meaning, some carrying around (rarely but often enough to want portable) and simply dragging and dropping files for backup. Oh and my reasoning for going with the Seagate was because I had a $50 gift card from Office Depot. I hope I made the right decision paying ~$40 for this drive.

Quick question: Can I format the drive and get rid of all those folders and the setup file? Will I lose any performance or is that strictly a function of what hardware it came with?

Thanks guys.

nah just blow it away.
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Originally Posted by PapaSmurf View Post
That looks like a fairly good choice overall. When you deal with Office Depot you are extremely limited in what hard drives you can get, but that is probably as good if not better than any other that they carry. The performance should be more of a factor of the hardware. You should be able to format the drive and lose the pre-installed software, but I'm not 100% certain on that (I don't by Seagate products due to their higher than normal failure rates compared to WDC). I've always been able to do it on all of the external WDC drives I've dealt with over the years.
Thanks for the input. I am replacing a WDC My Book non-portable drive which I bought in 2008. I don't know what it is with Office Depot but it almost seems like they're pushing Seagate products compared to WDC. They have a Toshiba for sale as well but that might be even more inferior brand than this Seagate I'm afraid. I'm going to format it in 5 minutes and start backing up my stuff.

Thanks again. +rep to all that chimed in with help.
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nah just blow it away.
Thanks I'm going to do that.
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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.

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I've had 5 cavalry drives fail. The RMA's failed on 2 of them. We've since ditched them for work and just stuck with WD. When they worked they worked well, the problem was their POS controllers. Their support is lacking also.
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