External HDD...small vs desktop...reliability?

Discussion in 'Computer Memory and Hard Drives' started by slackercruster, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. slackercruster

    slackercruster Member

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    Is there any opinion as to what is more reliable? An external USB powered mini HDD or a full-size desktop external HDD that is AC powered as well as USB connected?
     
  2. porterjw

    porterjw Moderator Staff Member

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    Depends on the drive really, though if you get a good name brand with decent reviews and a history of reliability, either type will work. Ultimately it will just depend on your preference.
     
  3. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    3.5" drives are definitely more reliable than 2.5" drives.
     
  4. AlienMenace

    AlienMenace Well-Known Member

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    My 2 cents:
    I would have an SSD for an external.
     
  5. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    If cost feasible yes. It's only going to be another 2-3 years where mechanical drives are relatively obsolete in the consumer space.
     
  6. AlienMenace

    AlienMenace Well-Known Member

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    Well my WD 250gb 2.5 mechanical has been running now for over 6 years. I bought the laptop drive and bought the case separately and put it together. lol
     
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  7. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    I've got a 1TB Passport that's at least 6 years old now. Been all over the country, tossed in bags, dropped. Still kicking no problem. The 750GB out of my lappy I put in an enclosure and I got that drive in 2014, still good.
     
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  8. AlienMenace

    AlienMenace Well-Known Member

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    Thank you, Darren. I love this site.
     
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