I would like to have an external USB HD connected to my Dell 531S. I need at least 300 mb and one that will turn on/off automatically when connected with my computer much the same as a Seagate FreeAgent drive does. Looking for inexpensive drives with similiar functions of a Seagate FreeAgent but not a Seagate... Suggestions?
After the fiasco with the Seagate drives in Dell computers and no effort on Seagates part to correct it and Dell's attitude regarding it and many of us having to live with the clicking sound of the hard drive I would NEVeR purchase a Seagate product.
Be aware that there are some Seagate drives out there now that still have the click click click. If I were you I would get a Western Digital.
Western Digital (WD) or LaCie emoticon.Idea.title
I have a number of external WD drives - both 2.5" and 3.5", and I've never had a problem with them.
But by far the best looking external drive I've got, is my 1TB LaCie ("design by Neil Poulton")!
'Tis a thing of beauty:
It's a devil of a thing for fingerprints - admittedly, but then so is the piano black finish on my WD's, so I don't hold that against it emoticon.BigSmile.title
From experience, I've found that: “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!
Smoke Grey Magnesium Alloy Chassis - with White LED Backlights
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Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9300 @ 2.50GHz (800 MHz FSB, 4MB L2 cache)
4GB (2x 2GB) Patriot Signature PC2-5400 @ 667MHz
DUAL 512MB Nvidia 8800M GTX cards in SLi + 128MB Ageia PhysX
640GB SATA II (2x 320GB WD Scorpio Black 7200rpm)
8x Super-Multi DVD±RW
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Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module
Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card
TV Tuner and Dell Travel Remote Control
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230W AC Adapter / 9-cell Lithium-Ion Battery
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My wife has a 250GB MyBook (Western Digital) that has worked flawlessly for about 2 years. No complaints.
During Thanksgiving week, I had my Verbatim 1TB drive fail. Not sure what Verbatim is going to do about it. The drive (WD) itself did not fail, it was the power supply circuit board inside the enclosure. Once the drive was taken out of the enclosure and connected to a SATA, it was fine and I was able to get my data back before sending the unit back. Verbatim just received the drive on Monday, 12/7, and I have not yet heard from them.
In order to get my data back, I had to buy another 1TB drive and Wal Mart had a one day sale on MyBook 1TB drive for $78, so I got one for the recovery service to transfer my data on to. So far so good.