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Old 11-29-06, 08:46 PM
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Looking for recommendations for an external hard drive

I would like something reasonably priced and good to store pictures and my ipod music. Thanks,
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Old 11-29-06, 09:52 PM
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Personally, I've built my own external drives by buying the drives and enclosures separately. It always ended up cheaper than buying a regular external hard drive. Plus this way you know what you are getting drive-wise.

Right now, I've got a couple 300GB IDE drives running in these enclosures:

VANTEC Nexstar 3 NST-360U2-BK Aluminum 3.5" USB 2.0 External Enclosure - Retail

They are made out of aluminum and there is no fan so it doesn't make any noise. The power brick is a little larger than I would like and the screws provided to close the case are a little cheap and don't always align properly, but I've had no problems with both my drives for the last 12+ months, and one drive is constantly plugged in my desktop.
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Old 11-29-06, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by yashan
but I've had no problems with both my drives for the last 12+ months, and one drive is constantly plugged in my desktop.
Not to hijack the thread, but it's ok to have an external drive constantly plugged into a desktop, right? I just bought a new external drive, and plan to leave it connected to my PC pretty much all the time, via a USB connection. Is this ok?

Back to the original post, the drive I just bought was a 120 GB Seagate drive, and I really like it so far.
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Old 11-30-06, 08:11 AM
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I personally don't like to leave them running 24/7 because I don't think the ventialtion is adequate unless there's a fan in the enclosure, but I do know people that do that and haven't had any issues for a while.
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Old 12-01-06, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Shinobi
Not to hijack the thread, but it's ok to have an external drive constantly plugged into a desktop, right? I just bought a new external drive, and plan to leave it connected to my PC pretty much all the time, via a USB connection. Is this ok?

Back to the original post, the drive I just bought was a 120 GB Seagate drive, and I really like it so far.

I guess I should clarify my post. The enclosure I use has an on/off switch on the back. When I shut down my computer at the end of the day, I switch the external drive off too. I don't know what happens if the enclosure stays powered on but the computer system is off. I suppose the drive continues to spin even if there is nothing reading/writing the drive. Sorry for the confusion.

P.S. Great screen name Shinobi. Brings back fond memories of the game I used to play on my original Sega system many, many years ago.
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