thinking of buying a 500gb external drive for £39 in Aldi, I have a Buffalo one which is v. good. have only the USB 2 laptops so not really bothered about the USB3 models, the USB 2 ones are USB powered so very handy. Saw some problems with another person who couldnt "format" the drive and wondered if I should buy this Medion drive, its only for simple extra storage for vids/photo's/etc., - would you recommend one?? thanks PCDIMWIT
But is it reliable and do any of the experts here know of any potential problems here?? I know its probably made with a "leading"brand innards but am alway a bit nervous of stuff that is so cheap, though there USB sticks and SD cards have all been fine. Thanks PCDIMWIT
Hmmm, that review looks a bit worrying but its not really a technical spec review. good that she got it all replaced but of course lost all the data on it, I wonder how often this happens with these external drives??? I guess they must all have a pretty standard processor or whatever is inside it, probably made by Hitachi (i think my my Buffalo drive is a Hitachi inside) or Samsung or one of the big companies. thanks PCDIMWIT it does make the think from that "customer review" that there MUST be a way to retrieve the data that was on the disk????
All I'd say is - at that price, buy two, and store your stuff on both. Th chances of two drives going wrong at the same time are, I'd have thought, pretty minimal. And it's always a good idea to have a backup of your backups. I speak as someone sufficiently paranoid that my two internal 250GB drives are backed up to two 5OOGB USB drives, which are backed up to a 1TB USB drive - which is backed up to another 1TB USB drive that I keep in a completely different place. With years and years of accumulated photos, music, emails and correspondence, it seems unwise not to invest in all the storage you can afford.