September 3, 2022 at 8:58 am #72160
Since my external hard drive had a mechanical failure I’m looking for a new drive. Does anyone have any recommendations that have worked well for them.
What are some trusted brands? Should I stay clear of Seagate(the one that failed)? Are they in general, more prone to mechanical failures then other drives?
I’d prefer it to be smaller and portable since I use a laptop. I’d also like it to be at least 2 TB.
HannahSeptember 3, 2022 at 9:27 am #72161Ezra MorleyModerator
I have several Western Digital (WD) 2TB drives that haven’t given me any trouble with over the last several years. (At least one of them survived a house fire, and it’s still working! Obviously I don’t keep any critical data on it, but it’s good for a secondary backup.) Of course, I’m sure you can find folks who have had zero trouble with Seagate drives too, so take all anecdotal evidence with a grain of salt. 🙂 I wouldn’t hesitate to buy Western Digital drives again though. Buy from a reputable source (like Adorama/B&H) and not just a random Amazon or eBay seller.September 3, 2022 at 1:46 pm #72163
Thank you @buddingphotographer. I’ll have to check into Western Digital.
Good point about reputable sources.(Sometime cheaper can be tempting 🙂 . But that’s just it, it’s cheaper. ) For most of my technical purchases I’ve used Adorama or Best Buy.September 10, 2022 at 12:04 am #72260Charles Haley IVParticipantSeptember 16, 2022 at 12:39 pm #72341
Thank you @charlesiv for sharing the drives that have worked for you.
So far, I like what I’m seeing with WD drives.
I like the fact that SSDs would be faster and more reliable than HDD. But for the price, I was thinking it would be better to get two HDD, and use one for backing up.
I have been researching drives to try to understand how they work so I can get the one that best fits my needs.
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