Seagate 1.5 TB External

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I just bought this for $139.99 at BB, thoughts?

I've been looking to get an additional hard drive, and this seemed like a decent deal.
I've got 2 Western Digital with all the cords and shit, and they're only 250Gig and 500Gig, and I feel like they were a lot more expensive.

I have not heard of Seagate
 
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Not to be a complete complainy-pants, but how is there only 1.34 TB free of 1.50? Lame, I want all my 1.50TB
 

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Seagates aren't as good as WD in my opinion. Also, $140 would have been a lot for a 1.5TB a year ago, but not sure how it measures up now. I grabbed a 2TB WD external from Staples for ~$65 last year using a couple of coupons, but even then that was a phenomenal deal. Hard drives are more expensive right now, so perhaps that is a good deal.
 
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Hmmmm...
Oh well, this is really tiny and one cord :)

Speaking of cords, this was the initial problem, and then I bought that while I was there.

I lost the power cords to my WD ones, so the kid suggested a DYNEX 1200mA Universal Adapter.
It's got the volt switch on the back, but nowhere on the WDs can I find what voltage I need.

If I put it on 12, it turns on, but I can't get it to show up.
Does it matter if I'm giving it too much voltage?

The volt change is 3, 4.5, 6, 7.5, 9, 12
 

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You should be able to find a replacement adapter on eBay or Amazon pretty cheap. Just google the model number of your WD drive.
 
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12 volt is most likely correct, but 1.2 amps might be your problem. It is probably too low, which may explain why the simple electronics that light up an blink etc.. But may not have enough umph to spin up the disk correctly. When swapping a power supply you want the voltage to be correct or at least close but current/amps/watts needs to be greater than original. You do not need to fear too much current as your device will only pull what it needs.

Sometimes the label may be written in amps, sometimes watts. Volts x Amps = Watts is how to figure out. So 12v x 1.2amps = 14.4 watts.

If your HD needs 18 watts then the PS you bought is not sufficient.

Another thing you need to pay attention to when swapping out an adapter is the polarity of the plug. On DC + and - is important. Usually the + is in center and - is outside. Some items are not designed to be protected if plugged in reversed. If you are replacing an AC to AC adapter then there is no polarity.
 
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Well, on 12 Volt I got it to work.
Currently pulling everything from the WDs to the new one, painfully slow.

Or at least to me... 15 Gigs is taking about 25 minutes to transfer.
This is going to be an all night thing.
 

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Just buy internal drives and get this.



Store your drives in these.



No cables, no power supplies. Simple.
 

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I bought a SATA to eSATA dock from Monoprice that is similar to the pic above. It's come in handy numerous times, but is not ideal for a long-term solution. There is nothing but gravity holding the drive in place. And, I have found the drives tend to get hot.

Best bet is an enclosure with a fan for long-term reliability.
 
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The thing I just bought, if I treat it well, what's the life expectancy?
Can you pretty much always get whatever is on there off as long as there's no catastrophic damage?
 

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Hard drives are mechanical in nature, and as such subject to mechanical failure. I've seen it all from brand new drives that were DOA, to drives that run for years and years without problems along with everything in between.
 
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i have a 2TB western digital external drive i use to backup all my important stuff...family pics, home movies, Itunes etc...Get Cobian Backup from http://www.cobiansoft.com/index.htm
It's an AMAZING free software..2x a week it backs up all my stuff...keeps 2 copies and then deletes the oldest copy when it adds a new one..
 

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I bought a SATA to eSATA dock from Monoprice that is similar to the pic above. It's come in handy numerous times, but is not ideal for a long-term solution. There is nothing but gravity holding the drive in place. And, I have found the drives tend to get hot.

Best bet is an enclosure with a fan for long-term reliability.
If you just need to backup a lot of data and don't need the drive 24/7 then it's more practical than an external.
 
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$140 for a 1.5tb drive at Best Buy? I hope you got the proper USB cable to go with it.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/AudioQu...Id=4022558&st=USB cable&cp=1&lp=4
LOVE The review for that rip off cable...
What's great about it: Everything
What's not so great: I dont know
I was super impressed with how well it fit into the slot. I work at wendys so it took me a couple months to finally be able to use my hp printer be cause of the cost. I exchanged a dynex cable for this cable and was super impressed with the increased speed in printing. I also bought a USB cupler so I can where it around my neck while I am not printing. It really makes a fashion statement at the club when I where my beats by Dre at the same time. I am now happily married to a women whos first conversation was started by the beauty of this cable.10/10
I would recommend this to a friend!
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51out of 58found this review helpful
 
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I've got WD and Seagate externals in multiple sizes. They are both about the same. I like them.

Always always always always buy cables from Amazon.
 

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This seemed like a good deal to me... I don't know much about this stuff, it's the first time I'm buying an external drive. Could you guys give me some thoughts?

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Expansion-Desktop-External-STAY2000102/dp/B0056YNA34/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1338597745&sr=8-16
That's a pretty decent price. I'm partial to Western Digital, and the one linked below cost the same but has slightly better ratings.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0041OSQBG/?tag=wackbagcom-20

I have this one and really like it, but it's still way too expensive. I bought it six months ago for $70 during a great sale, but it should cost around $100 normally. If you can wait, HD prices will continue to fall over the next few months, but it may not be worth waiting.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002QEBMCI/?tag=wackbagcom-20

Also, what are you using it for? There are external hard drives and portable ones. The external ones have a USB and a separate power cord, while the portable ones have a single USB cord that runs everything. If this is something that will be packed around all over the place, you may want to consider those. If it's just going to sit on your desk, the external drives with the additional power cord are cheaper.