Any advice on which ext hd to buy?

  martd7 11:21 19 Nov 2013

I have a 1tb usb 2 buffalo external drive at minute,3yrs old and looking to purchase a 2tb,theres so many different ones are they all as reliable as each other etc

Looked at these 2 mainly because theyre cheap

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  Aitchbee 17:01 19 Nov 2013

I have just recently purchased the 2TB seagate expansion drive you mention, [for £65 from the local Curry's store in town ... they matched the online price ... ] and will probably buy another one ... before they are sold out.

  martd7 17:18 19 Nov 2013

I believe the seagates cheap because they have another model out priced at £81

  Aitchbee 17:33 19 Nov 2013

The slighty, more expensive, 2TB seagate model you mention, has backup software included on the drive, which most people might find, is, 'surplus to their requirements'.

  martd7 17:44 19 Nov 2013

I certainly wouldn't be in need of it,different case as well with an activity light i believe

  Aitchbee 18:06 19 Nov 2013

There is a blue 'activity light' on the topside of the cheaper model ... it 'blinks' when reading/writing data and 'steady' when no data movement.

  martd7 18:39 19 Nov 2013

Thats good to know,approx how long is the usb cable? Had to buy a longer one for previous hd the one that came with it was too short

  Aitchbee 20:31 19 Nov 2013

The usb 3.0 cable that comes with the 2TB seagate expansion desktop drive is 4 feet in length. [... the product barcode is 7 636490 037948 ] and is assembled in Thailand / product of China (HDD), it says so, on the box.

  martd7 20:36 19 Nov 2013

Thanks thats plenty long enough,cheers for all the info i will be purchasing one tomorrow

  martd7 21:51 20 Nov 2013

Purchased today,just got the last one for £61.29 Works fine,just dismayed the usb 3 lead is a special type connector fitting into the hard drive,very flimsy connector

Thanks anyway

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