PeaNut 208,253 June 2005 Posts: 37 Layouts: 0 Loc: midwest
Posted: 1/21/2013 9:02:40 PM
One problem I've had with them both is that the USB cord easily comes out of the drives. So I can have it plugged into my MacBook, put my Laptop down for a second and if I'm not real careful picking it back up, the USB will fall out if the drive. Wondering if that could affect its performance?
PeaNut 65,138 January 2003 Posts: 2,434 Layouts: 136 Loc: New York City
Posted: 1/21/2013 10:40:50 PM
I always buy Seagate AND Western Digital. I have 2 of each and none of them have failed me yet.
They are both a brand I trust.
I agree that I don't think it's the brand. It's most likely heavy use OR a bad lot that would cause a drive to fail. This is my opinion, mostly from my experience with the drives I own.
I will add that I do NOT leave my externals on continuously. I turn them on (or plug them in if they have no power switch) only when I need files off of them, and promptly turn them off or unplug them. I feel this greatly increases the life span of the drives.
I also keep two copies of all my files backed up at all times. I buy my drives in pairs each time I need a new set. They are mirror images of each other. It's more expensive this way but I know I will not lose my files if one external does die.
I also do not buy two of the same drive when I need a new pair. I buy one Seagate and one Western Digital. This way if one manufacturer produces a bad batch, I have some protection. What are the chances of two drives, from two different manufacturers, coming from a bad batch?
I have 1tb seagate and 1tb Western digital both passport size external hard drives. I never leave them plugged all the time. I use them only to back up files. I bought the extra 1tb, to back up my back up drive.. Just in case..