Re: Need suggestions for a USB external hard disk
- From: Michael Perry <mperry@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 20 Jan 2006 04:23:05 GMT
On Wed, 18 Jan 2006 11:04:00 -0500, Madhusudan Singh wrote:
> I am thinking of purchasing an external USB hard disk drive for our OpenAFS
> (Debian Sarge) server to do vos dumps onto.
> The current space requirements are about 22G, but could easily grow quite a
> lot in the future (this being an AFS cell and all). So, I am thinking of a
> factor of about 10x, i.e., about 200G.
> Now, there are a few brands available for use - Iomega, BUSlink, Maxtor,
> LaCie, etc. I personally have used (and am using) an 80G USB external hard
> disk for personal backups, and in 3 years of usage, I have never had any
> However, Iomega tends to be a little more expensive than the rest, and if
> the price difference does not translate into a performance difference in
> this case (reliability being more important than speed - vos dumps supposed
> to be done only once a week or so), I would be open to suggestions for
> other brands (and even strategies other than an external hard disk). I want
> to set the system up for automated vos dumps and hence would want to avoid
> anything that requires extensive human intervention, like a stack of DVDs.
> Any useful suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I've had pretty good luck with the larger Maxtor Onetouch drives. I have
a 300g or so drive that is USB2 compatible that works really well. But I
also did it a cheaper way. I bought a cheapo USB container and recycled
an older IDE drive and only spent a relative few bucks.
I've been very lucky lately on Debian with a variety of USB devices
incluiding "thumb drives", my Ipod, my Treo 650 and a few other odds and
Building one may save you a bit of money. I did notice that my
self-built drive/enclosure seemed to run a bit hotter; but for the amount
of time I've used it, it always behaved well. The more expensive Maxtor
Onetouch drives also work very well.
Michael Perry | Do or do not. There is no try. -Master Yoda
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