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my first terrabyte drive...

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    jamie

    i got this this western digital "My Book" 1 tb drive from my brother.. who bought me one just cause he loved his so much

    my last external was only 200 gigs and after backing some stuff up it forgot its boot table or something... repeatedly.  so ive never relied on one of these drives before...

    apparently this one is good - says brother and pc world gave it a 79% ok

    anyone have this drive? is it reliable enough to actually back stuff up (and it wont forget)

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    * it was only $200 ...for a terrabyte?



    edit: for those keeping score... my first 386 had a 40 meg drive.  ...but i had an 80 meg syquest!

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    Cannot​Resolve​Symbol

    Western Digital's a good brand.  I'd trust it (after doing a full format and running chkdsk to verify that there aren't any errors on the drive).

    Just be sure not to pull the power or unplug it without removing it through the "safely remove hardware" icon and you should be good.

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    jamie

    CannotResolveSymbol said:

    Western Digital's a good brand.  I'd trust it (after doing a full format and running chkdsk to verify that there aren't any errors on the drive).

    Just be sure not to pull the power or unplug it without removing it through the "safely remove hardware" icon and you should be good.

    i will.

    i figure my network has... about 2 terrabytes (over many older smaller drives) but the actual files ive made could almost fit on it.

    (im just going to use it as a backup)

    if it works - thats great..  as if im ever going to burn dvds x a terrabyte


    edit... um thats terabyte  not terrabyte..  i really wish we could edit titles again...

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    Andrei P

    I wouldn't say "only $200" - if you wait for the right deal, you could get it for nearly half that: http://www.geekpedia.com/deal287_1-TB-Seagate-Barracuda-7200.11-SATA-HDD.html

    It's internal but you can get one of those enclosures.

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    harumscarum

    I've been debating on getting one of these for a while for all of my VMs. By the way don't forget to buy another terrabyte drive to back up to Smiley

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    SlackmasterK

    welcome to the club.  I got my first TB drive  a year ago (Jeez, has it been that long? where's the new stuff?). My file server has four of them.

    ++ to Harumscarum: The only effective solution to back up drives of this size... is other drives of this size.

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    Jason I

    I did a bad, bad thing with my new computer and RAIDed two 750 GB drives together (RAID 0, so it's 1.5 Terabytes).. Interestingly enough, I find myself using a lot more of the space than I thought I would.

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    Harlequin

    Jason I said:
    I did a bad, bad thing with my new computer and RAIDed two 750 GB drives together (RAID 0, so it's 1.5 Terabytes).. Interestingly enough, I find myself using a lot more of the space than I thought I would.
    I love my external 1TB. Friend kept forgetting his USB drives for D&D stuff, so I gave him a 350GB external I had "lying around"...hehe

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    ManipUni

    I have a slightly older WD external drive which requires both Firewire AND USB2. I must say keeping this thing plugged into the computer for extended periods of time is difficult only made worse because Firewire no longer exists in any of my more recent Soundcards/Motherboards.

    1TB is kind of cool. When they get a little cheaper I might pick one up. Although I'll likely go with a NAT solution next time. Over 10/100 it won't be too slow plus copying time isn't that big of a worry for me compared to fussing around with trying to get the thing hooked up at all.

    I could get one of those Microsoft thingies but I don't want to pay the premium and or use 90% of the features.

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    Cannot​Resolve​Symbol

    ManipUni said:
    I have a slightly older WD external drive which requires both Firewire AND USB2. I must say keeping this thing plugged into the computer for extended periods of time is difficult only made worse because Firewire no longer exists in any of my more recent Soundcards/Motherboards.

    1TB is kind of cool. When they get a little cheaper I might pick one up. Although I'll likely go with a NAT solution next time. Over 10/100 it won't be too slow plus copying time isn't that big of a worry for me compared to fussing around with trying to get the thing hooked up at all.

    I could get one of those Microsoft thingies but I don't want to pay the premium and or use 90% of the features.
    I've only got a 160 GB internal drive...  makes a 1 TB drive seem uneccessary at this point for me.

    I do need to replace my external backup drive sometime, though.  I've only got a 100 GB drive for backups (and my photo collection keeps growing).

    Here's to hoping my next laptop can have a 500 GB internal Smiley

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    jamie

    CannotResolveSymbol said:
    ManipUni said:
    *snip*
    I've only got a 160 GB internal drive...  makes a 1 TB drive seem uneccessary at this point for me.

    I do need to replace my external backup drive sometime, though.  I've only got a 100 GB drive for backups (and my photo collection keeps growing).

    Here's to hoping my next laptop can have a 500 GB internal Smiley

    ok ...well i just pllugged it in - found instantly.  so judging from replies ill give it a go.


    <now copying...................................................................................................

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    jamie

    jamie said:
    CannotResolveSymbol said:
    *snip*
    ok ...well i just pllugged it in - found instantly.  so judging from replies ill give it a go.


    <now copying...................................................................................................
    does this drive case remind you of any recent, patented design for ..something elses case?



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    TommyCarlier

    Zeo said:
    jamie said:
    *snip*
    jamie, what case are you talking about, xbox360? i don't see the resemblance
    I think he means the Office 2007 cases.

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    PaoloM

    CannotResolveSymbol said:
    ManipUni said:
    *snip*
    I've only got a 160 GB internal drive...  makes a 1 TB drive seem uneccessary at this point for me.

    I do need to replace my external backup drive sometime, though.  I've only got a 100 GB drive for backups (and my photo collection keeps growing).

    Here's to hoping my next laptop can have a 500 GB internal Smiley

    Got another 500Gb yesterday (like Jamie's one). Now the server is at 2.8TB Smiley

    It's amazing how much space is eaten by video files...

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    Bass

    I got another 1Tb yesterday. Now my server is at 13.5TB

    It's amazing how much space is eaten by porn^H^H^H^H "virtual machines"...

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    Sven Groot

    PaoloM said:
    CannotResolveSymbol said:
    *snip*
    Got another 500Gb yesterday (like Jamie's one). Now the server is at 2.8TB Smiley

    It's amazing how much space is eaten by video files...
    I have a "measly" 980GB on my home PC across 3 drives including an external one. The external drive is also a WD MyBook, an older 300GB model and I'm not very happy with it. The thing vibrates horribly when the fan is running (so bad I had to place it on some styrofoam to prevent the rest of the desk from vibrating with it). Worst of all, it takes about 2 minutes to "initialize" (or whatever the hell it's doing) once its plugged it. Which wouldn't be so bad, except that when you leave it plugged in while starting Vista it adds 2 minutes to the boot-up time. This problem didn't exist in XP, and I'm not the only one having that problem with this particular drive on Vista. So far I haven't found a solution.

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