External hard drive for music and films

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  1. Red Gixer

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    Hi All

    I am about to transfer my record collection to mp3, but I wanted to put it all on to a external hard drive, I also wanted to transfer the odd DVD on to the hard drive so I could replay them back when I am at work.

    Q1 - Please recommend a good hard drive that is reliable, and easy to use?

    Q2 - What would I need to do, to get the music and films on the drive and to play back?

    Thanks in advance

    Mark
     
  2. spongycortex

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    Well, you can either get yourself an enclosure and a hard drive, then build your own external drive or you can just get an off the shelf external drive.

    I would suggest the former method but considering how cheap ready made external drives are you may as well just get one of those.

    You will be connecting the drive via usb, it will automatically be recognised as external storage with no need for drivers. Moving files onto it is as easy as drag and drop, you can manage that right? ;)

    Personally for dvd movies I use a program called DVD shrink:
    http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/dvd_rippers/dvd_shrink.cfm

    It's not for re-encoding so resulting files are large but they retain there quality. I turn my dvds into .iso files (disk images) and play them back using vlc media player:
    http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/video_players/vlc.cfm
     
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    That Western Digital drive is too good to be true for me at that price. Amazon has a fair number of negative reviews of this one. Difficult to trust a hard drive like that with too many valuable bits and bobs for me.
     
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    What about a 750GB Seagate FreeAgent™ Hard Drive on promo at maplins.co.uk for £119.00.......and its plug and play..............5 years warranty.

    That about covers it I think..........

    icemanonline
     
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    i have 3 western digital drives (500gb,250, 120) in current system and never had the slightest issue with any off them. perfectly quiet, quick and work well.
     
  7. atlanticist

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    I too am looking for an external hdd for music and video after my 500gb WD Mybook gave up the ghost. It's only a year old, and now won't even respond to being reformatted !!

    I lost nearly 200gb of video. Grr !!

    A few questions.

    Firstly, is there any reason why my MyBook Pro (triple interface) will not reformat (my OS is Vista 64 bit) - I've been using the Firewire800 interface - should I try USB2 ? Will it make any difference ?

    If I can't get it back alive;

    what's the best 500gb external HDD which isn't WD ? I want either an eSATA interface or at least Firewire800;

    is eSATA plug and play like USB ? Is it worth having over Firewire 800 - I want very fast transfer times.
     
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    Anybody ?
     

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