I narrowed it down to 3 drives that look perfect for me. If anyone can help me to pick one, I'd be grateful. I'm looking for an external hard drive that's big enough for me, 500GB is more than enough. My limit is about $65, and I'd be using it only on my PC. I know people are going to say why didn't you search Google. Well, I did and these are the best I could find. If anyone can give me any other good hard drives, I'd be more than grateful to check them out. Thanks guys!
The Western Digital Elements SE (500GB): http://www.jr.com/western-digital/pe/WD_BPCK5000ABK/
The Western Digital My Passport (500GB): http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=4911987&type=product&id=1218575758552
Edit 25/12/12, I forgot to mention that around the 20th of November I bought this 1TB Seagate Expansion drive for $60 at Target. Also it's a plus that it's seen as an internal drive. That's epic! :D
Answer by TheTechDude · Nov 18, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Honestly they all have USB 3.0 and are all 500 GB. The WD Passport vs the Elements one is the Passport is designed to be more portable. other than that they are just hard drives. Toshiba makes their own and I have never had a problem with a hard drive from Toshiba. And I have had 3 different WD (internal) hard drives fail on my but I was running them in a always on server for over 6 years before any of them died. So ya you really cannot go wrong with any of the drives. If you can wait until next week you will probably be able to get a better deal on one in store or online.
Answer by Brett · Nov 18, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I've never had a problem with Western Digital and I've been using their portable Passport drive for years now. Toshiba has always been an 'iffy' company for me because they seem cheap, but they may not to other people. If you trust Toshiba and want to get it for the price, go ahead. But I've never had trouble with Western Digital and I think they made my Internal hard drive as well. Yeah, my 2TB hard was made by them. Just checked.
Answer by davolente · Nov 19, 2012 at 10:22 AM
I had a WD Elements external drive that gave up the ghost after only about a year, although I have to say it wasn't actually the drive itself, as after removal and installation in another housing, it ran OK. Obviously a fault on the interface electronics. Heard similar stories from elsewhere. Not very encouraging though, is it?
Answer by mutley2209 · Dec 13, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I have a Lacie Porche external that's pretty good and looks pretty sleek especially next to my Mac, they go for about $75 though but worth it i'd say as they perform very well and look great :)
Answer by geekomatic · Dec 16, 2012 at 01:26 AM
To me, it really doesn't matter because I get two & duplicate the saved data. A warranty on a hard drive is exactly like life insurance- by the time you use it, you're already dead--> :P
About the only thing I DON'T like is a proprietary connection on the drive. I just had a client ask if I could possibly retrieve some data off of an external portable drive. Usually, once I free the drive from the enclosure & hook it directly to S-ATA, I can get the data (because the enclosure was faulty, not the HDD). Unfortunately, this time the drive had a hard-wired connection to it (can't recall the make).
So, yeah. I say, stay current on the connection (USB3) & buy two of the cheapest you can lay your hands on.
Answer by davolente · Dec 16, 2012 at 05:45 AM
A proprietary connection on the drive sounds unusual. Not seen that on the ones I have had to unfortunately take apart to put in another external enclosure after an interface failure. (I've had two, to date. "Old" IDE too). Why bother manufacturing one especially for the purpose, when a standard drive is readily available? Perhaps they were surplus to some other manufacturer's project.