Seagate bought maxtor for 1.9b in 2005. And now, 3 years later, there is still separation of maxtor and Seagate. They do not do business as all one company. they still have completely separate manufacturing plants and distribution centers. They are still physically two separate companies. legally they are ALL seagate. but that's all.
Anyway, Addiebee, I wouldn't be too concerned about drive brands. it'd be tough to actually find a bad one. Any of them would be fine.
As for power? I guess that could be a concern, but a hard drive 'wearing out' is by far the least of your concerns. they could likely run 10 years or more without being turned off and not fail at all. They are incredibly efficient and well made. In fact, I wouldn't buy an external that had to be plugged in. that defeats the entire purpose since you couldn't work on a laptop unless you're right next to an outlet. Both of mine are USB only.
Originally Posted by AddieBee
So what you're saying is ignore the WD software... but get the ext. drive cuz its good. I asked my brother, who is a tech geek/gadget dude and he suggested Maxtor. Any take on that?
Like i said above. you'd have a hard time finding anything you'd consider a bad hard drive. they are ALL good. Check the cache, the size and rpm. you want them to be fast. If you REALLY want to go all out, they also have solid state drives that don't spin at all. they are lightning fast, much quieter than any spin drive. But they're expensive and the sizes are still small. i'm guessing twice the price.
As for software? You could sure use the stuff that comes with the drive. But i guess my point is, I prefer to use backup software that's retail stuff. Acronis is a company that makes backup software. it's incredibly flexible. you could pick up the home version for around 50 bucks.
You might find you like the wd software though. I recommend trying out whatever software comes with the drive, then if you don't like it, start looking around.
The thing is, you really probably want something that's going to actually back up using routines. you don't want to have to copy and paste files. unless that's all you're looking for. The backup software will copy files to the extenal drive at different intervals. eg: Acronis does incremental backups of my system drive every 2 hours. i do this because I'm CONSTANTLY on my pC, and doing it very frequently massively reduces the time each one takes. I don't even notice it since it's done so often.