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Old 3rd September 2009, 15:20   #91
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why isn't anyone talking about eSATA ?
Not too many people have the required hardware at the moment!

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.... Is this true?
Take a look at this article : Do Burned CDs Have a Short Life Span? - PC World

And a forum link : Is there a shelf life to burned DVD's? - Doom9's Forum

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Oh Crap! I have some 300 plus CD's/Dvd's of assorted stuff - some dating back over 9 years! I may be doomed!!
Things that would make a CD lose data faster would be heat / light / humidity(?) etc, and ofcourse - the QUALITY of the CD.

(Also if your data is unreadable - dont lose hope -- it might be readable on another better CD-Drive)

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... I have some Kodak Gold CD-R's (from my 1x cd yamaha cd writer days) which still work fine. So its still all about quality. The new ones in the market are utter crap!
Exactly!! Those CDs from back in the day which were GOLD in color (costed 300-400bucks each at the time) were great quality. But within a matter of months they got totally replaced by the cheaper less quality versions.

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You need to keep backing up and moving to new drives/devices.....I have been moving from hard drives to hard drives, just bigger ones.....
This is what i do as well.
Also, i run defrag / scandisk etc every couple of months.
As i mentioned earlier - back up critical data in more than one place.

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I have a laptop and i dont have plans to buy desktop. so the external hdd will be used with laptop.
Chetan, perhaps you have misunderstood - my descriptions were saying that the 2.5" are used IN laptops and 3.5" mostly IN desktops.

You can use either size in an external enclosure for your laptop.

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Old 19th January 2010, 16:52   #92
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ITB is so passť. It is time to look for 2TB USB drives.

Has anyone used Western Digital My Book Essential Edition USB 2.0 2TB WDBAAF0020HBK External Hard Drive? How is it and what is the price?
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Old 19th January 2010, 17:19   #93
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IMO 2TB is very Costly right now.
I would suggest to go for a 1TB internal Seagate/WD = 4k-4.5k
And Then Buy The transcend External Casing 1650
It comes with a fan !
The Best Cost effective Solution.

Else a 2TB= Somewhere around 11k Which is Not VFM at all.

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Old 19th January 2010, 18:36   #94
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IMO 2TB is very Costly right now.
I would suggest to go for a 1TB internal Seagate/WD = 4k-4.5k
And Then Buy The transcend External Casing 1650
It comes with a fan !
The Best Cost effective Solution.
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Why bother with all this when a seagate 1TB external drive comes for 4.7K with 5years warranty??
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Old 20th January 2010, 22:16   #95
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ITB is so passť. It is time to look for 2TB USB drives.

Has anyone used Western Digital My Book Essential Edition USB 2.0 2TB WDBAAF0020HBK External Hard Drive? How is it and what is the price?
I have following WD drives:-

2x 1.5TB WD Elements
2x 2TB My Book Essential Edition

There are all on USB. To be honest, I have been using these purely for secondary backup reasons but i prefer Elements since the silicon vibration dampners work pretty good and supress noise.

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Old 20th January 2010, 22:20   #96
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Why bother with all this when a seagate 1TB external drive comes for 4.7K with 5years warranty??
Simple, I am seriously running out space while converting my DVDs to MKV. Two 1TBs are full.

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There are all on USB. To be honest, I have been using these purely for secondary backup reasons but i prefer Elements since the silicon vibration dampners work pretty good and supress noise.
Elements (2TB) is not available in India.
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Simple, I am seriously running out space while converting my DVDs to MKV. Two 1TBs are full.

Elements (2TB) is not available in India.
Why dont you invest in a NAS or Raid5 on ur current rig ???

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I rather keep two copies separately.
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Why dont you invest in a NAS or Raid5 on ur current rig ???

Cheers.
I was thinking on the on the same lines and my research led me to this.
WD Western Digital My Book World Edition 1TB LAN
on Ebay india : eBay India: WD Western Digital My Book World Edition 1TB LAN (item 140376124857 end time 28-Jan-2010 00:30:00 IST)

It sells for $170 in the US and has a usb host port where You can plug in your other usb drives.
Planning a purchase shortly either in the US (some colleagues are travelling) or here as it has an onsite warranty.
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I rather keep two copies separately.
I do too but also run Raid5 on the system. I use new HDD's for external backup (2 copies) and everytime a hdd get retired it becomes a part of the RAID array. So far i have lost 1 external copy only.

For anything important i use Crucial hosting and host data online.

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Old 22nd January 2010, 11:32   #101
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Hello Guys,
This is a purchase and ownership review of Buffalo 500GB External Hard disk Drive. Putting this here since I could not find any other suitable thread.

I wanted a external hard diak to store my ever increasing data and other multimedia files. Till now was storing it on my Lenove laptop and workstation. I wanted data mobility beacuse of my frequent trips outside country and data accessibility. I shortlisted Seagate and Buffalo. I chose Buffalo becase of the following reasons;
1. 3 Year onsite warranty. (Pick-up by blue dart express).
2. Extremely fast data transfer.
3. Cute.
4. Handy and portable.

Bought the hard disk from Premier computers, SP road, Bangalore. Purchase was easy, thanks to the upfront product research on the web.
The Hard disk is plug and play type. No drivers to be installed. Comes with data encryption. So every time you connect the disk, it asks for the password. 700MB of data requires only 30 seconds to be transferred. Overall a good product I would say.

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MCR what is the price you paid for the 500 GB USB hard disk drive.
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Old 22nd January 2010, 16:43   #103
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MCR what is the price you paid for the 500 GB USB hard disk drive.
I paid INR 5034/-. This is including 4% VAT.
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Hey, you can get 1TB USB drives for that price...
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Hey, you can get 1TB USB drives for that price...
Correct sir. Seagate 1TB is INR 4760/- + 4% VAT. But this requires external power. So I decided to go for 500GB. The store fellow told me that Seagate 1TB without power is not available.
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