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    Reviews/testnig of external hard drives

    It seems to be harder and harder to find reviews/testing of hardware (I guess it is the economy). Would anyone know where I could find independent reviews based on testing for external hard drives?

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    Re: Reviews/testnig of external hard drives

    best off just to google "harddrivexxx review"
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    Re: Reviews/testnig of external hard drives

    that never realy works as a lot site that sell items have reviews most are blank
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    Re: Reviews/testnig of external hard drives

    Just see what models are out there at online stores and google reviews for them... it's quite simple really.
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    Re: Reviews/testnig of external hard drives

    There are about a million diffierent external disk/enclosures so you'll have to search specifically. Tbh though they're generally as good as each other.

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    To save the hassle of Googling for reviews of specific makes/models... just buy whatever standard/internal hard drive you want, and stick it in an external enclosure of your choosing
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    Re: Reviews/testnig of external hard drives

    Quote Originally Posted by Lourdes View Post
    There are about a million diffierent external disk/enclosures so you'll have to search specifically. Tbh though they're generally as good as each other.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheReaFireblade View Post
    To save the hassle of Googling for reviews of specific makes/models... just buy whatever standard/internal hard drive you want, and stick it in an external enclosure of your choosing
    Excellent advice on both - and much the simplest solution unless you want some of the gimmicks like one touch backup etc.

    have a look at the enclosures on Scan www.scan.co.uk which cost from about £12 upwards (Akasa do quite a goiod range at £20) and get a hard drive (Samsung, Seagate, WD or whatver and put that in. Job done.

    If you wnat to go for a branded solution, LaCie, Seagate and WD all do them with varying capabilities - but you pay extra for those - do you really need them?
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    Re: Reviews/testnig of external hard drives

    Since I have not bought an external drive in a while, can someone tell me what this new thing with enclosures is all about?

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    Re: Reviews/testnig of external hard drives

    You buy an enclosure - either 2.5" or 3.5" which contains a USB to IDE or USB to SATA converter (Some have both) You install an IDE (or SATA) drive into the enclosure - plug the drive into a USB port - and it is an external drive.

    This one is a typical example - there are others available from the same (or other) sources.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=616032
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    Re: Reviews/testnig of external hard drives

    Thank you, Peter, for the explanation. Seems to be most relevant when you have a good drive and you suddenly discover that you do not need it in the computer but that you need an external drive instead. Or when you need the converter. For $70.00 for an external drive with 320 GB, I'm not sure that it would pay to buy a drive and a cover instead!?

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    Re: Reviews/testnig of external hard drives

    Not sure what the prices are like in the US. In the UK it comes out pretty much even.

    Yes - those cases are ideal for what you suggest - as for the pre-built ones - I don't really think that there is much to choose bewtween them. The disadvantage with ones that don't come from a disk mfr is that you don't know what teh brand of disk is internally - which may be important to you.
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    Re: Reviews/testnig of external hard drives

    I'm leaning toward a Seagate. Don't think you can go wrong.

    Thanks for your comments and help.

    Hans L

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