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Old 12-27-2010, 09:04 AM   #1  
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Default Seagate External Hard drive for HD Backup?

Can you tell me what brand external hard drives you are using to store & back up your HD video files?

I just got a Canon M30 and purchased a Seagate Free Agent 1TB Desktop hard drive.

I am reading horrible reviews about this [and many other] external hard drives?

"it's a paper weight, they crash, they only last a year" and so on.

I am a bit weary to install it on my new HP PC because of all the negitive reviews?

Anyone using this drive and can share comments about it?

I originally purchased a WD [Western Digital] 1TB drive and returned it the same day because off all the bad reviews I read about it yesterday, so I got the only other brand Walmart had [the Seagate].

This one has mixed reviews but many negitive ones.
Should I return the Seagate and look else where?
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Keep in mind, someone who has a bad experience is far more likely to write a review then someone who has a good one.

I have worked with many external hard drives and haven't really had issues with many. Like any hard drive there are some that will fail, but overall they should last.

I have been happy with a few Seagate drives that I have, so I think you'll be fine.

I'd also suggest using Mozy for online backups. This way you can have a local backup to your hard drive and another online in case the drive fails or in the worst case a fire or something else destroys it.
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Thanks mshulman for the quick reply. I understand about online reviews and take them with a grain of salt, but I do like to see the majority of them being positive. That is not the case with the two I purchased [WD & Seagate]. Almost every review was bad?

My choice was very limited with my Walmart gift card, so I chose one there. I thought by posting here, that I may hear more positive reviews or advice that would calm my fears that I bought a turd that is going to slow down my pc or even worse?

I feel a little better after reading your post, but would like to hear from others too...

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I have a Seagate Free Agent Desktop external hard drive that is going on three years old, and it's still going strong.

Which means you probably shouldn't buy one, because I obviously got the only good one they ever made!
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Old 12-28-2010, 10:35 AM   #5  
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After reading many good reviews on the B&H & Best Buy websites
I decided to keep the Seagate I bought and not worry too much about what others had to say.

I was more concerned about computer problems then the external hard drive.
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