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 Post subject: External hard drives
PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 9:24 am 
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Hi all,

I can't seem to find any information about the robustness of external hard drives. I'm a consultant and I want to be able to recommend them with some kind of confidence to my customers as part of a backup/disaster recovery solution.

The only circumstancial evidence I have of external hard drives being wimpy is the fact that Western Digital only offers a 1 year warranty on its offerings.

I've looked all around the web, but I can't seem to find anything that addresses this issue. Do any of you have any thoughts about this?

I want to be able to tell a customer that their data will be safe if they leave their external hard drive in a bank safety deposit bank for 5 or more years with confidence that the drive will work after that time.

Thanks,

lofishman


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:48 pm 
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you can buy a bundle (all pre-made and assembled) or make your own

if you make your own, it wont have the cool "one touch backup" like the maxtor ones.

i would look at the maxtor ones. they are perfect for backing up things. all you do is push a button


1 year warrenty just means they will fix/replace it for 1 year. WD HDDs last much longer than that. i have had some of my HDDs for over 6 years


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 7:52 pm 
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Spoke to tech support at both Western Digital and Maxtor.

Maxtor said that their drives have a life span of up to 5 years. Beyond that they couldn't guarantee them.

WD was a lot more optimistic about their drives. They say that there products will work as long as you don't unplug the USB cable without shutting it down in windows first.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 8:07 pm 
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Remember, most external drives are just regular desktop drives in shnazzy cases so dropping them is fatal.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 10:22 pm 
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An external drive is just an internal drive in a shell. Most of them are slated to run for about five years.


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