I had been meaning to buy a 2TB external hard drive for some time, I kept my eyes open for any discounts on different brands, but when I actually found a good offer I didn’t have the money to buy it 🙁
My first choice was a 2TB Western Digital My Book Essential. At some point around December it hit the low price of about $129.99 or something like that, I wanted it so bad but I had already used my savings to make a payment so I had to wait. Some months later it came to around $169.99 at Costco, but by the time I had saved enough cash to buy it the offer expired…..FML….
What convinced me to get this one over the WD drive is that it comes with an eSATA port. I’ve had a few USB 2.0 enclosures go bad and pretty much kill the hard drive, so I wasn’t taking any chances. Also, it doesn’t come with any pesky backup software forcing me to backup the entire contents of my computer, I wanted to have some control over what I wanted to back up instead.
Of course the price played a good part, it was $169.99, it had a $10 instant rebate, plus a $30 mail-in rebate. $129.99 for a 2TB USB 2.0/eSATA external drive is a good deal.
- USB 2.0
- Quiet fan-less enclosure
- 7200 rpm
- Pre-formatted NTFS
- USB cable included
- 2 year warranty
- No eSATA cable
- Somewhat noisy while reading or busy
- Stand doesn’t lock into place
Setup was easy, and eSATA is so much faster and easier than USB 2.0, I was able to move 60GB worth of files fast and without errors. The only thing that bothered me was the scary noise this drive makes, but I guess it happens when you have a big 3.5″ hard drive inside a small enclosure.
Do I recommend this external HDD? Yes, it’s a sturdy drive (so far), it works fast, and it does what it’s supposed to do.
It is noisy, but not as noisy as some people say, unless of course if you live in a small cave the size of a dog house, or your placing it close to your ears.