Which is the best portable USB hard disk brand in term of quality and reliability for backup? I purchased lots of hard disk and based on my own experience, two of the most reliable brands are WD and Seagate. Toshiba and Hitachi are the worst, my advice is to avoid HP, Acer, Buffalo, LG, Samsung, and more. Go for companies that specialize in a specific field, for instant, Bosch for the hardware tools, or Linksys for networking and so on.
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|WD Elements 2.5'||0||28|
|WD Passport 2.5'||0||3|
|WD Blue 2.5' (Sony Laptops replacement)||0||2|
|WD Elements 3.5'||0||1|
|WD My Book Essential 3.5'||0||1|
|Seagate Expansion 2.5'||1 (less than a month)||4|
|Seagate GoFlex 2.5'||0||1|
|Seagate Barracuda 3.5'||0||4|
|Toshiba 2.5' (Sony Laptops)||2 (less than 1 year)||0|
|Hitachi 2.5' (Acer Laptop)||1 (worked for 3 years)||0|
What are the difference between WD elements vs. passport and Seagate Expansion vs. FreeAgent GoFlex? It comes down to the backup software loaded into the hard disk.
Usually this software comes with backup features and passport protection and file recover. The extra money you are paying as opposed to the cheaper version is for the software.
- WD Elements series
- Seagate Expansion Hard Drives
- WD Passport series (WD SmartWare software)
- Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex (FreeAgent software)
Depending on your needs, you might want a passport protect-able portable 2.5 inch hard disk or a hassle free sync feature that just works.
Which Is A Better External Hard Disk?
My 2 primary choices are Western Digital and Seagate. Both are equally good in term of quality and reliability.
For your information, Western Digital just purchased Hitachi Hard Disk division, and Maxtor was bought by Seagate long ago.
I avoid companies that produce everything under the sun, such as HP, Acer, Samsung, LG, Iomega, Toshiba and more. The reason being that these companies are not experts in the hard disk and storage industry, and they are more likely to re-badge hard disk from WD or Seagate. Why pay more?