Windows 10: Please recommend an external HDD

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  1.    20 Mar 2017 #1

    Please recommend an external HDD


    Hello. I am interested in an external hard drive primarily for storing disk images and thats about it pretty much. I hardly use the space on my main OS drive. Im looking for something reliable. Any idea? Thanks!


    if it helps, my PC is windows 10 64bit with 3 or 4 USB 3.0 connections etc..
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  2. Posts : 10,520
    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider
       20 Mar 2017 #2

    I have 3 Hard drive docks like this one Amazon.com: Thermaltake BlacX Duet eSATA USB Dual Hard Drives Docking Station ST0014U: Electronics

    I use an internal hard drive in it. You can use any internal hard drive and swap them out very easily.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       20 Mar 2017 #3

    I use an external USB 3.0 1TB Toshiba. Ive used it for over the last year and its been rock solid.
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  4.    20 Mar 2017 #4

    thank you, essenbe. however i do not own those drives and do not need a docking station.
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  5.    20 Mar 2017 #5

    ArazelEternal said: View Post
    I use an external USB 3.0 1TB Toshiba. Ive used it for over the last year and its been rock solid.
    thanks. can you tell me the model or link to it? i prefer amazon usually
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  6.    20 Mar 2017 #6

    I use this tower/case, VANTEC NexStar HX4R NST-640S3R-BK Aluminum / Plastic 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB 3.0 & eSATA Quad Bay RAID HDD Enclosure-Newegg.com With these drives, WD Blue 6TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD60EZRZ-Newegg.com

    Been using this setup for a couple of years now. I change drives every 18 months to 2 years or so, staggering the replacement time. I then connect the tower via USB3 on the rear of the board. I get fast transfer rates, and haven't had a single issue once connected and setup.

    The drives are hot swappable and it can accommodate up to 4 drives as your needs change. I don't know what the max drive size is, but I have 2 6TB drives in there now in JBOD as I use them for different things.
    Last edited by Corelogik; 20 Mar 2017 at 21:45. Reason: Added additional information.
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  7. Posts : 4,480
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       20 Mar 2017 #7

    If you have a Wireless Router and don't want to tie the Notebook/Laptop down you could use a NAS/Network Attached Storage device plugged into the Router via an Ethernet cable. I use 2 WDC MyCloud 2TB drives, can access files on them from Windows, macOS Sierra and Linux Mint by just Mapping the Public Folder on them from within files Explorer.
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  •    20 Mar 2017 #8

    Corelogik said: View Post
    I use this tower/case, VANTEC NexStar HX4R NST-640S3R-BK Aluminum / Plastic 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB 3.0 & eSATA Quad Bay RAID HDD Enclosure-Newegg.com With these drives, WD Blue 6TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD60EZRZ-Newegg.com

    Been using this setup for a couple of years now. I change drives every 18 months to 2 years or so, staggering the replacement time. I then connect the tower via USB3 on the rear of the board. I get fast transfer rates, and haven't had a single issue once connected and setup.

    The drives are hot swappable and it can accommodate up to 4 drives as your needs change. I don't know what the max drive size is, but I have 2 6TB drives in there now in JBOD as I use them for different things.
    holy cow man, not something that massive. but ty
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  •    20 Mar 2017 #9

    ill prob spend $50 on amazon and get a WD HDD
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  •    20 Mar 2017 #10

    tonightwetaco said: View Post
    holy cow man, not something that massive. but ty
    You can put whatever size drives you want in it. I'd rather have the expansion available when I need it than have to buy again later. However depending on how you use your PC, my setup may indeed be Overkill. Please recommend an external HDD Good luck with your search.
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