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Old 02-05-2014, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Greenwich, CT
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I have a toshiba laptop that is 2 hrs old. I have two options. Which one do you think is better?

Option 1:
Sell old laptop and buy new Seagate 500GB external for $75.

Option 2:
Buy an $11 enclosure and use the Toshiba 500GB internal hard drive with the enclosure and recycle the old laptop.
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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If you sell the laptop, to what are you going to connect the hard drive to?

There are other options, too. For example, nowadays you don't have to buy an enclosure to power a hard drive. All you need is a USB hard drive dock. These are plugged into the electrical outlet, and the USB cord is plugged to the computer after the hard drive is up and running. The next component is an internal hard drive or any size you want, which in turn is plugged to the dock. Turn the dock's power button ON, and connect the USB plug to the USB port on your computer.

I have a Plugable model: USB3-SATA-UASP1, and several internal SATA drives of different sizes. That's what I use to save my photos to. The only thing I have to do with new hard drive is to format it before using it. A Seagate Barracuda SATA 3TB hard drive costs around $125.00, but you can get better deals if you shop around. Toshiba drives can be a little more expensive, but are quite reliable as far as I know.
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:17 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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If you sell the laptop, to what are you going to connect the hard drive to?
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OP has a new laptop and is trying to decide whether to recycle the HDD (enclosure+old HDD)from the old laptop or buy a brand new external HDD.
If it were me, I'd sell the old laptop and buy a new external HDD. Much simpler, you get a spanking new drive, and whatever you can get for the old laptop will offset the cost of the HDD.
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Greenwich, CT
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OP has a new laptop and is trying to decide whether to recycle the HDD (enclosure+old HDD)from the old laptop or buy a brand new external HDD.
If it were me, I'd sell the old laptop and buy a new external HDD. Much simpler, you get a spanking new drive, and whatever you can get for the old laptop will offset the cost of the HDD.
So, option 1 is better. However, I read the other thread about troubles with Seagate external HDDs so should I spend the extra $25 and upgrade to a Western Digital or Toshiba?
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:41 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Whatever floats your boat. I've had no problems with Seagate, LaCie, WD, Maxtor, or Toshiba drives.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:24 AM
 
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Whatever floats your boat. I've had no problems with Seagate, LaCie, WD, Maxtor, or Toshiba drives.
Lacie doesn't make hard drives, they make enclosures.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:46 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Lacie doesn't make hard drives, they make enclosures.

Ok, sure. I never cracked one open to see which manufacturer's drive's in there ... I guess since Seagate owns them, it's probably Seagate now.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:48 AM
 
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Ok, sure. I never cracked one open to see which manufacturer's drive's in there.
Most of the ones I've opened after they've failed to do data recovery had Hitachi's in them. Been a while though, they may be using something else now.
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Old 02-06-2014, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I always see WD and Seagate 500 GB portable drives going for $50 or even less. $75 - $100 is a little too high.
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