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Need advice on External Hard Drive

Ankit Garg
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I posted the same question on another site (here) but didn't get any response. Lets see what ranchers have to say about it

I want to buy an 1TB External Hard disk and my budget is around 130-135US Dollars (that's 6k Indian Rupees). I need a reliable disk because I'm going to store VMWare images of Linux on it and run them from VMWare. Power Cable is OK, I don't need only a USB powered disk. Synchronization softwares etc don't matter, neither does Encryption matter. Just reliability and good performance. I found some choices

WD-Mybook Essential
Seagate FreeAgent Xtreme
iOmega Prestige
iOmega eGo

Now I saw at many places that Seagate disks suffer from "click of death" and I'm not sure about the reliability (durability) of iOmega either. Mybook Essential had a VCD drive which people found annoying but I read that they've removed it now. Any suggestions on this??


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Ulf Dittmer
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I've heard good things about WD from someone who buys a lot more external disks than I do.


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Janeice DelVecchio
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I love love love my MyBooks!!! I have several -- 2 small 320gb: a pink older one and a black newer one. I have 2 1TB (one World edition, 1 regular), connected to my network.

My brother had one 1TB that the usb or esata port was bad, but I RMA'd it and it was replaced no questions asked. I DROPPED my older 1TB and got a few bad sectors. RMA replaced that too, no questions asked.

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Ankit Garg
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Well Western Digital seems to be the clear choice . Thanks to both of you . Janeice since you have the 1TB Mybook, can you tell me what this whole VCD drive thing is, because I read that because of that drive only 750GB is usable to us, rest is for storing the VCD drive stuff. Is that true?? I know that WD has removed the VCD drive since Nov 2009, but this is India, so when I order a drive, I might get a drive which is older than Nov 2009 so its better to know what the VCD drive is...
Janeice DelVecchio
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I have one drive that has it and it's not too much of a nuisance because I have a LOT of HDD space.... my other drives are older.... but it seems there's a fix

http://www.marccizravi.com/2010/remove-wd-smartware/

There are some other sites on the net about getting rid of it, too. My boyfriend was asking if there was a way to get rid of it, too and I think he may have found a software only way instead of a firmware way.... I'll ask.

The WorldBook NAS units have some annoying "get your stuff from anywhere" stuff loaded on them. I got rid of that...
Ankit Garg
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Yeah I also read on Amazon that there is an update provided by WD to remove that drive. My only concern was that drive taking up 250GB space . Thanks guys, I'll buy the Mybook
 
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