1.    27 Jun 2017 #1
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    Need 5 Year Warranty External Hard Drive suggestion please


    anyone got a reco on a current External Hard Drive with 5 year warranty?
    Or am I going to have to build one?
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  2.    28 Jun 2017 #2
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    Why do you need a 5 year warranty?
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  3.    28 Jun 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Why do you need a 5 year warranty?
    Yeah cost of a five year warranty will be more than cost of a new drive.

    No manufacturer would guarantee more than one year (less in US). Insurance companies would charge 30+% per annum for five year cover, limited to replacement of drive but no recompense for value of data which is possibly 100 times value of a drive.

    Buy 2 external drives and backup data regularly, and backup critical data to both (even to cloud).
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  4.    28 Jun 2017 #4
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    My latest WDC 4TB My Book external USB 3.0 drive came with a 3-year warranty. Of interest, it is formatted as exFAT, usable on more than Windows such as many versions of Linux and macOS Sierra [and older Mac OS X].
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  5.    28 Jun 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by cereberus View Post
    No manufacturer would guarantee more than one year (less in US).
    Sure they do.

    WD external/portable drives vary from 1 to 5 years Warranty Policy | WD Support
    Verbatim give 7 year warranty on some 7 YEAR Warranty | Verbatim
    The first random Seagate I looked at was 5 years Seagate Retail STDS4000400 4TB Backup Plus for Mac - Newegg.com

    I think OP needs to start with more basic questions like capacity, ports required, whether HDD or SSD and then have a look.

    Obviously a warranty doesn't protect your data (backups do) and I've never picked a drive based on warranty but certainly 5 years exists and from a cursory look isn't that uncommon.
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  6.    28 Jun 2017 #6
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    HP offers 3 year warranty on its business drives.
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  7.    28 Jun 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by cognus View Post
    Or am I going to have to build one?
    There's a number of NAS drive containers available where one can build as desired, hold anywhere from 1 HDD to 4 and more HDDs of most any size, use brands of drives as desired.

    My NAS drives are single WDC My Cloud 2TB HDDs connected via Ethernet cable to my Router, can be accessed by any number of computers [Wired and Wireless] simply by activating file sharing in each computer and Mapping one of the drives or maybe just a Folder as desired on a drive.
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  8.    30 Jun 2017 #8
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    appreciate the help. some of the other respondents answered the tangential questions I didn't ask - thx for that. obviously there are a number of HDD and SSHD and SSD's that do include 5 year warranty, and I'm aware of the enclosures that let me roll my own. I was trying to avoid having to order two parts but it may be the better route in the end. this is going into service for someone else who is not technically inclined and I wanted to just hand it off with one receipt for her to keep so if there is a fail we have what we need.
    lx07 you rock! Thanks for the Verbatim and Seagate links! I should have googled "7 year" instead of 5. surely one of those will do
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