portable hard drive, seagate or western digit of better quality build?

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  1. Fisher Mann's Avatar
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    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. pparks1's Avatar
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    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. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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  4. Steve C's Avatar
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       #14

    I have 3 basic 1T & 2T Seagate Expansion drives and I've had no problems.
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  5. simrick's Avatar
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       #15

    NavyLCDR said:
    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.
    Fisher Mann said:
    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. Gurn Blanston's Avatar
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       #16

    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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