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Penalty Box
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Apr 25, 2013
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All the same crap, get the one with the nicer enclosure. I think the Seagate has a nicer enclosure !
Deal Guru
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They are all going to be similar if you are just buying one from a manufacture so go for the longest warranty. If you buy an enclosure yourself then you can buy a better/faster drive to put in it like a WD Black that has longer warranty OR if you really wanted to you could spend the money and put in an SSD in a USB 3.0 enclosure.
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thanks, dont need anything uber fast. just storing files on it for disaster recovery then unplugging the drive and storing it offsite
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I can't remember if the WD is soldered or not.
If it is, hands down Seagate.

Heck I'd buy a Seagate solely because they don't screw with their drives.
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Fernando Poo
Hard drive warranties are a joke, I wouldn't base a purchase on that.
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I would not get the WD as the USB connector is soldered to the motherboard. Damage the USB port and you'll have a hard time getting data off the drive.
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Thanks for that audit. Seagate it is
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Downside to buying seagates is crappy reliability. Downside to WD is proprietary connectors on HDD ( if it fails you're SOL ). Pick your poison I guess. I don't think these WD 2.5" portables have the soldered connection. I think it was the bigger 3.5 powered portables HDDs that do. Hopefully someone can chime in to confirm or deny.
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Solsearchin1 wrote: I don't think these WD 2.5" portables have the soldered connection. I think it was the bigger 3.5 powered portables HDDs that do. Hopefully someone can chime in to confirm or deny.
You have it backwards

WD solders the connector on the 2.5" drives.
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Been using Seagate 2.5 and 3.5 drives for years with no problems.
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A lot of the 2.5" portable Seagate backup slim plus models are internally Samsung m3S drives, on Seagate drives

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