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  1.    07 Aug 2017 #11
    Join Date : Apr 2017
    Mountains of Western NC
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    Win 10 Pro x64 17046 Skippy

    In 2007 I bought a Dell 1720 Inspiron and installed two WD Scorpio Black drives in it. After 10+ years of 12-15 hrs a day 7 days a week use I just replaced them. Not because they failed but just slowly upgrading the Inspiron to keep using it as an extra lappy. So from my use I would say WD drives, but I would consider the other replies since perhaps they have lowered their manufacturing standards with the soldered components.
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  2.    07 Aug 2017 #12
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 920
    Windows 10 Pro

    It's funny, i noted earlier how I had never had either a Seagate or a Western Digital fail, well when I got home today my son told me the external hard drive on the Xbox One died. Sure enough, Seagate 2TB drive was dead. It was only about 6 weeks old, Seagate is replacing it.
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  3.    07 Aug 2017 #13
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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  4.    08 Aug 2017 #14
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    UK
    Posts : 2,106
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)

    I have 3 basic 1T & 2T Seagate Expansion drives and I've had no problems.
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  5.    08 Aug 2017 #15
    Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 12,849
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    The only reason I would stay away from WD is that soldered board. I have one, and I wanted to transfer a large amount of data to it so I cracked open the case thinking I could move the drive inside to a SATA port. Nope.
    Exactly.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher Mann View Post
    In 2007 I bought a Dell 1720 Inspiron and installed two WD Scorpio Black drives in it. After 10+ years of 12-15 hrs a day 7 days a week use I just replaced them. Not because they failed but just slowly upgrading the Inspiron to keep using it as an extra lappy. So from my use I would say WD drives, but I would consider the other replies since perhaps they have lowered their manufacturing standards with the soldered components.
    But the OP is talking external drives - big difference.
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  6.    08 Aug 2017 #16
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Canada
    Posts : 116
    Win7 Pro x64/Win10 Pro x64

    I generally use WD drives as I find them quite reliable.

    That being said, most external drives in my experience are of low quality and failure prone. A casual look through the Win 10 or Win 7 forums will confirm this. There are a number of new "External HD failure..." threads every week.

    If size or portability is not an issue, you are better off to buy a desktop drive and put it into a well ventilated enclosure. It will last a lot longer than a portable.

    Just my $0.02
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