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Recommend reliable external drive (4tb) please

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Rikki, Jul 17, 2018.

  1. Rikki

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 1, 2004

    Posts: 2,085

    Location: Glasgow, Scotland

    Would love to get more HGST ones but can only see Seagate and WD out there and have not had great reliability with either brands over the past decade.

    Can I have some real world recommendations from owners on what they have thats worked out fine?

    Thank you :)
  2. doyll


    Joined: Jul 1, 2011

    Posts: 7,082

    I've been using WD Elements and Seagate Expansion USB3 external for years with no problems. They are media storage and are only on / accessed every couple of days. They are always connected but only power up when used so not a lot of hours but have had no issues with 4 I'm using. Size is from 2TB to 5TB with oldest 7-8 years old now .. can't remember exactly how old it's been so long.
  3. ree

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 22, 2016

    Posts: 1,121

    i have a couple of wd elements and still going strong after 5+ years of use.
  4. Sasahara


    Joined: Feb 12, 2009

    Posts: 3,532

    Try to avoid drives that offer encryption if you don't need this feature.

    If the USB logic board fails, even if you've not set a password. The drive is still encrypted, so once you have lost the logic board with the encryption key you won't be able to decrypt it.
    The internal drive will still work, but it will unreadable if you plug it directly into SATA. You'll have to reformat before the drive will become usable, so not good if you want the data.

    (But you should have backups anyway?)