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#1 Bravo

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 01:14 AM

Hey I'm looking at various externals to get, but I'm not sure what drive is the best. Basically, I just need one that will chill on my desk and hold my stuff without crashing ever, which is for some reason what externals are known to do...although, is there a difference between a large drive which stays on your desk and one which is "passport" sized that you carry around? Both seem to hold the same amount, but is one more prone to crashing or more expensive? All I really need to know is which is a good brand, but also some tips and experiences concerning externals would be great.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 01:47 AM

some of the smaller ones can be powered off of usb completely, some of the larger ones need a wall adaptor.

i'd imagine the ones that are always plugged in (mains powered) probably crash more often but i couldn't be certain. it could also be the case that USB powered drives fail more often thanks to power fluctuations or whatever. so a bit of a useless post.

be aware the wall adaptors and extra cables suck i guess

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 03:31 AM

the wall adapter ones are going to be bigger and bulkier and less easy to carry around, but they're also a lot less expensive, and you actually have a regular sized hdd in them instead of the small ones that are in the moblie passport ones.  If you are running the wall-outlet ones as well, you don't have to rely as much on USB power, so if you have a laptop or something that doesn't put as much out through the USB ports, this might be ideal (I know my MBP has problems with running a few purely-USB powered things without the AC adapter plugged in sometimes, so I bring this up). 
If you expect to be actually carrying it around more, I would suggest the passport instead of the regular kind, but if you are going to be mostly be using it with a desktop or with a laptop workstation, then you would be much better off getting a regular external hard drive.

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