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    Seagate or Toshiba for external drive.

    Local shop has Seagate for 2200 B and Toshiba for 1850 B. Anyone know if one brand is preferable. I'm leaning toward Seagate based on a couple of reviews. Thanks for any advice.

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    Seagate has a couple of plants in Thailand so you'd be buying 'local'.
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    You don't mention the rpm of the respective drives...
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    Quote Originally Posted by THX 1133 View Post
    You don't mention the rpm of the respective drives...
    rpm is the capacity?

    500GB for both

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr tarwater View Post
    rpm is the capacity?
    Nope. It's the speed it whizzes around at.

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    I didn't notice the rpm. Some reviewers said the noise level from Seagate can be distracting. I guess it must be whizzing around faster than Toshiba.

    Is rpm an important factor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr tarwater View Post
    Is rpm an important factor?
    Hang on, a techie type will be along in a minute (but at a guess the faster it moves, then the faster data can be written to it...or something.)

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    That kind of rings a bell. A reviewer mentioned that some drives are fine for backup only but not so good if you are going to work directly from them.
    Strictly backup for me. I think you are doing a great job for someone who is not a techie type. Thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr tarwater View Post
    Thanks for your help.
    No worries! I'm astounded by how much I've accumulated myself (movies and TV shows) and been looking at the same subject. Hence my own interest when the experts turn up. (Mind you, they might have a fight amongst themselves at the same time but they'll have more than enough information once the dust settles.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr tarwater View Post
    rpm is the capacity?

    500GB for both
    No, Revolutions Per Minute, ie the rotational speed of the drive - that could be either 4200rpm, 5400rpm, or 7200rpm.

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    I would go for seagate, i have one, its pretty good. No problems so far, and ive had it for around 3 years.

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    I never looked or considered rmps, but my Seagate is a terrabyte and still quiet as a mouse...2 years old.

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    or pPms, even

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    Thanks, any particular speed preferable if I only use it for backup?

    Terrabyte is about double the 500 right? Never mind. Googled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    or pPms, even



    Those double terrabytes are getting smaller and cheaper.

    Very nice if you have loads of files or plans to amass them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    Those double terrabytes are getting smaller and cheaper.
    Since he's using it for backup, he's probably gonna want to get one of those small portable ones. And i think the highest capacity they have is 1TB. (havent seen anyone with more)

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    Just checked, the highest is 1.5TB for ultra portable ones.

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