Recommendations Needed for External Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by The Owl, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Wondering if anyone here can recommend or comment on any external USB hard-drives, I'm looking for something anywhere between 160-300 GIG. What brands are good and what should be avoided (and of course,I'm avoiding Sony like the plague).
  2. Correlli


    Apr 2, 2004
    Wellington, NZ
    Iomega is a good choice. I've been using Iomega products for a while, and have had no trouble.

    Iomega External HD
  3. Droog


    Aug 14, 2003
    I am a fan of the Lacie drives. The one I bought does USB 2.0, Firewire 400 and 800. Pretty slick and solid. Avoid the Porsche models though, they run a little too hot. The d2's are nice.Mac Mall
  4. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Mar 6, 2005
    I recently bought a Seagate after my computer tech gave it super high marks and I've been completely happy with it.
  5. Droog


    Aug 14, 2003
    Absolutely. I love Seagate stuff. Though I am only familiar with their internal stuff. But I would not hesitate to buy an external.
  6. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Mar 6, 2005
    One of the drives I put in my notebook and the other in a pocket sized external drive and they're swappable. If you like the internal drives, the external will be the same thing just in a case for carry.

    It's sure amazing how cheap 160-240gig drives have gotten!
  7. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    I don't have an Iomega, but I recently did some digging on specs and so on and they seem to be the top choice right now.
  8. a3holerman


    Nov 21, 2002
    Most all of them are good. I have built many computers over the years and have had problems with only one brand and will not use them again. The Maxtor drives I would stay away from.
  9. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    I've also expirienced serisou reliability problems with Maxtors. My best luck has been with Western Digital and Seagate, but only with internal drives. I've never purchased one of their external ones.

    Personally I'd rather go with an external housing as opposed to an external drive. That gives me the options of swapping the drive out for a different one later should I have problems, want to upgrade, need to drop it in one of my computers for some reason, etc.
  10. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Mar 6, 2005
    Maxtor is the only one my tech told me to avoid as well.
    Huge thumbs up for Seagate.
  11. hmjuice


    May 20, 2000
    Austin, TX USA
    Two thumbs up for seagate. I have the external 160 gig and it's pretty much plug and play.
  12. i was running an external hd with my firepod/desktop setup. it was a wd in a comp usa usb/firewire external box. i even put a seagate 160gb barracuda in it. even tried another usb only enclosure.
    i started running into delayed write failures all the`time. i decided to use one of my internal twin 160 seagate barracudas instead. no more problems.
    i hate maxtors, they are arrogant , their hd's stink, ive got a couple of dead ones here and `will never buy another at any price.the info loss is very disturbing.
    for the record, the external worked well for a while, it was a western digital.

    when i record outside w/ laptop, i havent tried an external hd yet, basically cause my laptop has a 80g hd and i been recording rec out on pa.
  13. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Thanks for your comments everyone!!!

    Seagate's looking like the clear winner here, and Western Digital; ain't ahlf-bad either.

    Don't worry, I'm avoiding Maxtor's like the plague!
  14. wheat


    Oct 30, 2005
    I second that. I have a 250GB USB 2 Porsche one (model 300728U):

    Haven't had any trouble with mine. And I'm amazed how quiet it is.

  15. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    ditto on the porsche lacie, mine doesnt run hot at all and its amazing silent, which is important when your computer is in the same room as the instrument your recording. It also depends what recording system your running. Pro tools hates certain types of hard drives so check at the recording program's website first.