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#1 OFFLINE   JerryM

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 02:41 PM

I want a 1 TB external mobile HD to make a system image.
Are there some that are not good? I have WD and Toshiba. I have not experienced trouble.
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Posted 24 May 2017 - 02:52 PM

What is a mobile harddrive? Do you mean an external harddrive?
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Posted 24 May 2017 - 02:56 PM

If so, then most drives would be fine although I would look for one that is either an ssd or runs at 7200rpm, just so they are faster.
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Posted 24 May 2017 - 03:06 PM

I own 6 WD portable external hard drives. I think that's what you meant. Two of the six are 1TB in size.
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https://www.amazon.c...l/dp/B00W8XXRPM

And another model
https://www.walmart....k-Gray/26677826
oops, it says out of stock.

If you live near a Target, call and see if they have any (it is only available in stores)
http://www.target.co...rt/-/A-14850191

If you can't find those, here is the latest model
https://www.newegg.c...N82E16822235151
I don't own any of this model so I can't post on reliability.

Edited by zlim, 24 May 2017 - 03:15 PM.

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 03:06 PM

Are all external HD small and easily carries? I have one that is too large to do that, and I thought mobile was almost shirt pocket size.
I also have a couple that are 3in x 5in x 5/8 inch. One that size is what I want.
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Posted 24 May 2017 - 03:08 PM

Hi zlim
I think the WD like yours is what I will get. Thanks, Jerry

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 03:45 PM

I have a WD My Passport portable hard drive. It supports USB 3.0 (also backwards compatible with USB 2.0) It's been a good performer.

https://www.amazon.c...rds=my passport
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Posted 24 May 2017 - 04:17 PM

I'm assuming there are no problems using WD Passport with linux or with software other than included WD? I did notice it says backup with included WD software.
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Posted 24 May 2017 - 04:54 PM

I have had no problem copying files from a Linux machine to the drive nor using Lucky Backup  with it. I just ignore the WD software.
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Posted 25 May 2017 - 02:45 AM

Hello,

I have had good luck with Hitachi, LaCie (owned by Seagate now), Seagate and Western Digital external hard disk drives.

I also have had good results using Hitachi, Samsung (now owned by Seagate), Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital internal hard disk drives inside external drive enclosures.  I like Oyen Digital's enclosures because they have multiple interfaces on them (USB and eSATA or FireWIre) which is convenient when working with different computers.

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 04:57 AM

I have several of the WD 2.5 inch drives.  I re-formated the last one as ext4 after having problems backing up some files.  Something about some file names did not work with standard Windows format when using Lucky Backup. I can't remember if some file names were too long or had duplicate names in upper and lower case, or both.

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#12 OFFLINE   JerryM

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 09:20 AM

Thanks to All.
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Posted 25 May 2017 - 01:31 PM

I recently (mentioned around here somewhere) resolve a friend's mom's backup issues (she wasn't doing them at all) by suggesting that the son get her one of those WDs that Liz mentions above. It's a wonderful little USB hdd. I always stick with WD, if I can. I've only had one WD drive fail on me in all the years I've been using them... my 10,000RPM Velociraptor that was in ericsbane06. It failed because I used it to death. The thing had upteen bazillion hours on it. Can't complain about that one failing.

Alternatively, I've experienced (or witnessed in client systems) numerous failures of Seagate drives. I stay away from them at all costs. ;)

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 06:35 PM

Thanks, Eric. I have one WD, and it works well.




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