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    Ripping music for my music server is resulting in my almost running out of hard drive space. I am thinking of getting 2 USB hard drives, and moving all the music to one, and use the other as a backup. Anyone have any experience with USB hard drives, models, etc.

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    I'd go with Firewire or eSata if it's an option. Better sustained speeds makes for faster backups/transfers.

    Otherwise, any USB 2.0 external HD will do. I have a 500gb USB and 1TB Firewire external drives right now.
    I use the 500gb for backups, and the 1tb for storage.
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    Default Reliability and Power Brick vs. USB Power

    I have used LaCie 80GB (about four years old) and LaCie 500GB USB drives. These require a power brick. I liked them because they are quite, sleek, and totally stackable.

    The basic problem, it seems to me, is reliability: hard drives do fail (although it has never happened yet to me - touches wood). I've avoided the USB powered drives (no brick or wall outlet needed) previously since they seemed to have quirky issues with being recognized, but this seems to no longer be the case from reading the reviews (if those can be trusted!). Toshiba seem to have an excellent record for this, so, if I were shopping today I'd probably try the USB powered Toshiba drives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    Ripping music for my music server is resulting in my almost running out of hard drive space. I am thinking of getting 2 USB hard drives, and moving all the music to one, and use the other as a backup. Anyone have any experience with USB hard drives, models, etc.
    USB speeds can vary based on the controller in the USB enclosure and computer. The drive performance its self isn't as a big a deal as the USB controller.

    If you hit tomshardware.com, techreport.com, anandtech.com etc... You can find reviews. I know that Western Digital has some sub $70 640GB units available at sites like newegg and zipzoomfly. Most times shipping is included in the purchase cost.

    If you have a computer with eSata then you would have a quicker solution.

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    I just bought a Western digital 500GB USb HDD for my system. Works real well. $89 at Best Buy. I believe the 1TaraByte was $149

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    I have a Seagate and (2) Western Digital "notebook" types. They are a little slower (access time) than an internal and the jury is still out on failure rates/reasons. I am a bit leary but with the cost consistently coming down I'll probably get a few more to back everything up.

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    Great answers. Thanks. I purchased 2 of the Toshibas, and a USB hub. Naturally, while I was on Amazon I ended up getting 10 more CDs while I was at it. I have gotten addicted to Amazon. Free shipping (most of the time), and no sales tax. Other than free, what more could you want.

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