Re: Portable hard drive?
Just wanted to update. I bought the exact one Smorris recommended at Post 4.
Good space for me at least.
Good performance but I don't do timed bench test or anything.
Supposedly more rugged for anyone that's gonna' be moving it around.
And most of all-good customer service from their website. Here's why:
I purchased it to backup all data after (not smart, should do it before) my computer crashed. I took it to the computer techs-they uploaded the old data, not too many problems. But they lost one of the included FireWire cords. They swore they don't recall seeing it, I believe them that they don't remember. Cords, hard drives, etc. everywhere in the shop.
I contacted Lacie to confirm what was in the box. They said I was right and that cord is included. And then:
They offered to send me a new one by FedEx for no charge. I know that's no big deal to some but technically I lost the cord. And most businesses in todays times will just say tough luck.
So I will buy from Lacie again and recommend others do so.
Re: Portable hard drive?
All reasonable suggestions, though I was partial to cpw's flash solution also. 32 and 64 GB flash drives are still a bit pricey, but they are falling fast. These drives can take a lot of punishment, and are much more compact. There are even rugged versions that are crush resistant and waterproof.
La Cie makes a new type of flash drive they call itsaKey, it literally is in the shape of a key and will attach to a key ring. Pretty nifty, but doesn't come in a size larger than 8GB. http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=11227
However, in the DIY spirit of the forum, I'll suggest make your own. Before you dismiss this as being completely crazy, you can find a number of basic aluminum external enclosures from online sources. Then you just buy your own 3.5" or 2.5" internal hard drive, and screw it in. $30 will get you an enclosure capable of USB 2.0 or the newer and much faster eSATA if your computer can support it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817392030
3.5" internal drives tend to have the best price to size ratio, and multiple price points to choose from. a relatively inexpensive Samsung or Hitachi 1 TB drive goes for as little as $75 during sales, or you can get the latest and greatest (in terms of size) 2 TB drive from Western Digital for $275. Not exactly a bargain at that price, but they do squeeze a lot of data in.
The other advantage of going DIY is that the enclosures last a lot longer than drives. In 5 years if they are making 10 GB drives, all you have to do is take apart the enclosure and pop it in. If your drive fails (all mechanical drives will fail at some point, never keep all your eggs in one basket) you only need to replace the internal drive and can reuse the enclosure.
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