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Help! Which external hard drive to pick?

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  • Jan 7th, 2010 8:43 am
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May 28, 2007
817 posts

Help! Which external hard drive to pick?

Can someone knowledgeable help me by telling me which of the following 3 external hard drives would be the better choice in terms of value and reliability.

1) Western Digital 1TB My Book Essential, 2 year warranty,
WDBAAF0010HBK -113.99
2) Western Digital 1.5TB My Book Home Edition, 3 year warranty,
WD15000H1CS - 139.99
3) Seagate 1.5TB Free Agent, 5 year warranty,
ST315005FDB2E1 - 139.99

I don't really need the included security software or backup software since I will just save the files that I want to be saved. If the choice was just between these 3, which would it be? I tried doing a google search and reading customer reviews on retailer sites, but it is very confusing. Some people will have good things to say and others will have bad things to say about each one. A friend of mine told me to keep #2 since he and a few other people he knows have owned and still own several Western Digital external drives with no problems.
Thanks for the help. :confused:
7 replies
Dec 5, 2009
59 posts
Kingston, ON
I picked up a 1.5TB WD MyBook. It's a great drive, I've never had any problems. It's nice with the firewire port too.
Deal Addict
Feb 28, 2006
3303 posts
western digital 1.5tb home - comes with USB, eSata and Firewire plus on/off switch.
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Nov 24, 2002
256 posts
curious as to where this price was found:
"2) Western Digital 1.5TB My Book Home Edition, 3 year warranty,
WD15000H1CS - 139.99"
Jun 12, 2009
35 posts
Dang those are pretty decent deals
i picked up a LaCiE 1tb one from FS a week and a half ago for $99.99
You could also check that one out, it comes with a 2 year warranty but only downside is that it only has a usb 2.0 connection and nothing else.
Either way i would go for the 1.5tb seagate with the 5 year warranty
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May 1, 2006
3810 posts
i don't know anything about this drive but its 1.5TB for $139 @ FS ... 325&catid=

edit: apparently from other forums: Future Shop no name brands almost always use refurb hard drives or Hitachi hard drives which are failure prone. I wouldn't buy any form of external hard drive that wasn't made by a company that actually makes hard drives. There are some exceptions, but those no name brands are not one.