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Old 11-30-2013, 02:23 PM   #1
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- External Hard Drives -

What do you recommend for an external hard drive. I'm leaning towards portable just for the extra protection even if I don't move it around. What brands? I've been told WD is good. What do you use?
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:34 PM   #2
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Yep. WD passport. Love em. Saw a 2TB for sale for $90 I think earlier. Don't remember what site tho


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Old 11-30-2013, 04:00 PM   #3
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I use a WD Elements 2TB. Bought it at a Target black friday sale for $60 a few years ago. Haven't had any issues (mac). However, if I were to upgrade, I would buy a LaCie thunderbolt drive w/ SSD's so I could use it as a (fast) scratch disk for photoshop. I use my current WD as an external scratch disk (because I don't have much room on my internal SSD) but it's not very fast (USB 2.0). It's really only good for storage purposes.

Depends what your current setup is and what you really need the external for. Most people don't need the extra scratch disk space for PS. Only necessary if you deal with large file sizes. If you just need storage space, the WD element (or passport), would be good. But it you need an external for added processing speed, look into faster drives (if your comp has USB 3.0 or thunderbolt).
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I use a WD Elements 2TB. Bought it at a Target black friday sale for $60 a few years ago. Haven't had any issues (mac). However, if I were to upgrade, I would buy a LaCie thunderbolt drive w/ SSD's so I could use it as a (fast) scratch disk for photoshop. I use my current WD as an external scratch disk (because I don't have much room on my internal SSD) but it's not very fast (USB 2.0). It's really only good for storage purposes.

Depends what your current setup is and what you really need the external for. Most people don't need the extra scratch disk space for PS. Only necessary if you deal with large file sizes. If you just need storage space, the WD element (or passport), would be good. But it you need an external for added processing speed, look into faster drives (if your comp has USB 3.0 or thunderbolt).
I just have a macbook pro I got new 4 years ago. I do not think I need an external drive to backup PS. I haven't had any problems so far with files being to big I don't think.

I was just going to use it for storage of photos and other files that are taking up a lot of room on my laptop.
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I've had a Western Digital My Book Mirror Edition 2TB USB 2.0 for coming up on 4 years. No issues thus far. But it's used almost exclusively for storage (esp of photos), so I can't comment much on the speed.

I like the idea of 2 drives = 2 copies of everything. Hypothetically if there's a problem with one drive, I still have a copy of everything on the other.
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Alright thank you everyone, WD it is. If only I could find a good deal on cyber monday.
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G Drive HD's are bomb proof. I have a 2tb external I use for all my HD vids and photo's.
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STAY AWAY FROM WD PASSPORT 1TB!!! I nearly lost 10 years worth of my work, and did lose my entire music collection when mine failed after less than a year. At the very least, do some reading to see if they've addressed the problem because I know I wasn't the only one that had a failure. No matter what you buy, only use it as a backup and don't use it as the only storage for your work. Ideally you'd use a couple internal drives in RAID 0 RAID1 so you have a mirror of whatever data you're storing.
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I always hated the WD HD's..I've lost way too many.
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Well damn I was just about to go for the WD passport 1TB.... Ok I'll try to look into that. Thank you for the heads up!
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RAID0 doesn't provide any redundancy. RAID0 is striping, and optimized for performance. Use RAID1 if you want to mirror your drives.

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I use a WD Thunderbolt Raid Drive. It is 6 TB and I have it set up in 3 TB mirror mode.

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I have not, I'm completely new to external hard drives. I just thought I should get one because I'm running low on space and my roommate just had his computer stolen and lost all his stuff. I don't want to lose all my stuff if that were to happen to me.
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Overkill, he's not dealing with gobs of data for lots of users. There's no need to spend money on an NAS system when a simple RAID array, or at the very least a good external drive, would achieve the same goal. Not to mention the speed difference for file transfers between USB3, SATA, and an NIC.
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None, store everything on the cloud and don't worry about it. Online storage from Google is super cheap to the point where it's not even worth dropping $100+ on your own hard drive that will fail. Not a matter of if but when.

If you spread things out over a few services, you can do it all for free. I have my entire collection of completed edits on the cloud. I keep all the RAW and jpeg files on my WD external. I do delete a ton of photos though for blurry, underexposed, etc just to cut down on using storage unnecessarily.
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