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    Good Ext. HDD to use with SuperDuper
    Well im 0 for 1 on external hard drives. I bought a 160 GB Maxtor Basics personal storage 3200. It worked great the first time I backed up my HDD to the external using Super Duper. A week later I use it with SuperDuper to do another backup and it worked fine. I was impressed. One week later (2 weeks after purchase) the thing makes an aweful clicking noise and it will no longer backup my files. Paid about $135 for it and its going back tomorrow. Its been about 19 days since I bought it and the Office Mac receipt says 2 weeks maximum for refund on this kind of stuff....I dont care, they WILL be giving my money back. My question is:

    I need a RELIABLE, BOOTABLE external hdd for my 8 month old MBP. It will be used mainly to backup my HDD so if anything were to happen, I have all my info saved and ready to be booted to a new HDD. Prolly around a 160 GB would be fine. I dont really care about price at this point, I just want something I can be happy with. I was using USB 2.0 connection and I wasn't impressed. I would like firewire so I can keep it plugged in w/o using up a port and for the faster speed. I use Super Duper so it needs to function well with that also. Let me here it people, what do I need to do? Got any suggestions? Thanks a ton!!!

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    Sounds like a mechanical failure with the old (new) external drive. If it's not covered by the store's return policy, it will most definitely be covered by the manufacturer.

    As to recommendations, I highly recommend Seagate drives. They are now warranted to 5 years (the longest in the industry) and this is very telling of the confidence they have in their product. I've yet to see a Seagate desktop (3.5") drive fail in recent years. I have a 300GB Maxtor One-Touch drive with USB and Firewire that I've been very happy with thus far, but I would understand your reluctance to purchase another Maxtor product (I only bought it instead of a Seagate because Costco had it on sale at a healthy discount).
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Well, everybody deserves a second chance. I wont hate on Maxtor just because I've had a bad experience. Even my mac has had some issues, but I still love it. Its just that external HDD are essential to what I do. As a student, I do EVERYTHING with my mac and to lose everything on an external HDD, would be catastrophic. Luckily, it was only 2 weeks old and my original mac HDD still had everything current. I will take your experience with Seagate and check them out. I appreciate your reply!

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    Quote Originally Posted by green6767 View Post
    Well, everybody deserves a second chance. I wont hate on Maxtor just because I've had a bad experience. Even my mac has had some issues, but I still love it. Its just that external HDD are essential to what I do. As a student, I do EVERYTHING with my mac and to lose everything on an external HDD, would be catastrophic. Luckily, it was only 2 weeks old and my original mac HDD still had everything current. I will take your experience with Seagate and check them out. I appreciate your reply!
    You certainly have the right idea. I do exactly the same thing - weekly backups to my external drive using SuperDuper.

    I work as a network admin - and unfortunately, I see a lot of failed hard drives in my line of work - so it's not unusual to spot a trend here or there. In recent years, Seagate has really earned my trust.

    Years ago, ALL of the manufacturers warranted drives for at least 3 years. In recent years, that warranty dropped to 1 year for almost all the manufacturers. Seagate had been struggling a few years ago and losing market share, so they brought back the 5 year warranty. I think Western Digital and Maxtor followed suit and also brought back longer warranties, although I think they're only doing 3 years at the moment.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    Seagate and Maxtor are just one company, right?

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