It has taken me close to 2 years to start feeling somewhat normal again. I'm recovering from an auto accident and back surgery (12-2012) and now I can sit long enough to edit some pictures. I have only attended two classes this year, and I have missed photography so much. I never would have guessed how much this profession gets into your blood. I have missed all of the member who I have communicated with about my D300 (still working like a plow horse) the best camera for me.
I now have need of finding a reliable external hard drive with at least two terabytes of storage and internet connections. If it is expandable all the better. I have read articles about Seagate and heat issues. Western digital has software issues. In the June issue of Popular Photography page 20 there is a small reference to Synology DS713. I know very little of this brand. Has anyone used it? What have you found out about its quality and reliability?
I also have LaCie drives that I have on the desktop (http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?id=10476). I have used several sizes over the years, 500GB, 1TB, etc., and some have been in service for as long as 8 years. I use them in pairs so I have back that way as well. I usually work from the LaCie Drives and then back up to the off site RAID boxes.
I hope this might provide some help for your decision about HDs.
Chris, Thanks for the input, I knew this forum would not let me down. I will look at Seagate again. The one that had heat issues were not of this quality, you have had great results with yours and that speaks of quality and that is what I'm after.
Randy: These are my personal tech recommendations at the moment:
Internal 2TB hard drives: 1st: Western Digital Caviar Green. Very quiet, remarkably cool (temperature and benchmarking wise, even when it is a 5400 rpm drive).
External: 2TB hard drives: 1st: Lacie Hard Disk Max Quadra (two 1TB disks in an enclosure with Raid 0 and Raid 1, USB 3.0 enabled) Close 2nd: Freecom Hard Drive XS 3.0, great performance and the smallest.
I have three Western Digitals especially for images alone. The oldest one is 1.5 T, the two others are both 2Ts. The rest of my three hard drives are for my other files. My walk-along one for my laptop is 1.5T Toshiba. Many hard drives nowadays are in the Terrabyte stage -- it is what you will use for it that is important.
I just ordered an KingWin Three bay hardrive rack, part number KF-3001-BK (this is a SATA drive device) which is installed in a computer tower case. I ordered it from www.Amazon.com
It requires removing the top two hardrives from the case. After the rack is installed the drives are placed in one of the bays and close the cover.This device allows for installing 3 drives in the space used by 2 drives in a tower case The drives can be hot swaped by opening the cover and a lever pushes the drive out from the rear.
You can use this system to change operating systems or clone (backup)the sysyem drive. If it fails, shut down swap system drives, startup the computer and your back in operation.
There is also a 4 bay unit, part number KF-4001-bk which takes up all the drive space in the tower case.
d200man, I just purchased a new custom system last November. I have no more hard drive space. I have a wedding I'm working on, some fashion model shoots and a 100 birthday party and no more space. I will look into adding the extra drives. I do have a a tower and several openings for the additional drives. Thanks
>I just ordered an KingWin Three bay hardrive rack, part >number >KF-3001-BK (this is a SATA drive device) which is installed in >a computer tower case. I ordered it from www.Amazon.com > > It requires removing the top two hardrives from the case. >After the rack is installed the drives are placed in one of >the bays and close the cover.This device allows for installing >3 drives in the space used by 2 drives in a tower case The >drives can be hot swaped by opening the cover and a lever >pushes the drive out from the rear. > >You can use this system to change operating systems or clone >(backup)the sysyem drive. If it fails, shut down swap system >drives, startup the computer and your back in operation. > >There is also a 4 bay unit, part number KF-4001-bk which takes >up all >the drive space in the tower case. > >Just an idea, bob
To follow up with my original post; I am adding the following imformation: Kingwin states,"That hard drives can be hot swapped from the unit by just opening the door and removing the drive. However, If your motherboard and OS support "safe to remove hardware" procedure, use that to stop the drive before removing it". Also, I have installed the drive rack in my computer case and it works great. Bob
I am in UK and don't know if it is available where you are, but I use a system from Data Robotics known as DROBO. It is a raid type enclosure, currently utilising up to 5 disks in one unit which are seamlessly put together without any intervention from you to make a protected package. The total size depends on the disks fitted (it will take up to 5x4Tb which with the redundancy gives storage of about 16Tb) The beauty of the system is that you can use any make of disk, any spin speed, any size - it doesn't matter, the system just works with it. If a disk fails, you just kick it out (there is no tray or any fitting, just slot in a bare drive) and the system rebuilds itself. A big plus is that you can still access your data while it is rebuilding. A slightly smaller minus is that - if your fitted disks are big ones - the rebuild can take 30 hours (yes - hours!) The only real downside is that the protection is useless if your house burns down!! I have had mine in use for about 5 years and have swopped drives for larger ones as the need arose. I have just bought a second enclosure which I will populate with new drives to enable even more storage! here is a link to their site: