Answers: WD Elements vs. Passport and Seagate Expansion vs. GoFlex

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best portable USB hard disk quality comparison

best portable USB hard disk quality comparison

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.

Model
Failed
Still Working
WD Elements 2.5'028
WD Passport 2.5'03
WD Blue 2.5' (Sony Laptops replacement)02
WD Elements 3.5'01
WD My Book Essential 3.5'01
Seagate Expansion 2.5'1 (less than a month)4
Seagate GoFlex 2.5'01
Seagate Barracuda 3.5'04
Toshiba 2.5' (Sony Laptops)2 (less than 1 year)0
Hitachi 2.5' (Acer Laptop)1 (worked for 3 years)0

best portable USB hard disk quality comparison

best portable USB hard disk quality comparison

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.

Answers: WD Elements vs Passport and Seagate Expansion vs GoFlex

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.

Without Software

  • WD Elements series
  • Seagate Expansion Hard Drives

With Software

  • WD Passport series (WD SmartWare software)
  • Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex (FreeAgent software)

Answers: WD Elements vs. Passport and Seagate Expansion vs GoFlex

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?

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8 comments on “Answers: WD Elements vs. Passport and Seagate Expansion vs. GoFlex

  1. Jimmy
    Jimmy April 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Best External Hard Drives For PC 2013?

    • Dong Ngo
      Dong Ngo April 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      consider the Seagate GoFlex Ultraportable

  2. ZamZam
    ZamZam April 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Compare Seagate Expansion External Hard Drive

  3. Richi Jennings
    Richi Jennings April 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Western Digital is a much more solid company

    • Preston Gralla
      Preston Gralla April 12, 2013 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      seagate barracuda rocks… awesome build quality

  4. Boyman
    Boyman April 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    my western digital network drives crippled, you tell me, which is better seagate or western digital?

  5. Des
    Des May 27, 2013 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Which one isn’t hardware encrypted, old hate to lose hd contents because the USB sata interface board failed.

    • Geckoandfly
      Geckoandfly May 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      I think all of them are software based. Hardware based is too costly for consumer.

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