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    Trusted suppliers for an external drive for back up.
    I want an additional external hard drive for back up purposes. I have been using a Macally one for a few years now and looked inside to find it has an Hitachi 500Gb Drive installed. As it has been so reliable I would like another Hitachi if possible to fit into a LaCie enclosure that I have. Can anyone recommend a good supplier of such a drive? I am in the UK.
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    Amazon UK has a lot of Hitachi hard drives listed:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/s/ref=sr_...nid=1632651031

    You'll want to be sure your LaCie enclosure is compatible with whatever drive you get. What model is your LaCie enclosure?
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    Are you looking for a bare drive to fit into the enclosure, or are you looking for a whole external drive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Konda View Post
    I want an additional external hard drive for back up purposes. I have been using a Macally one for a few years now and looked inside to find it has an Hitachi 500Gb Drive installed. As it has been so reliable I would like another Hitachi if possible to fit into a LaCie enclosure that I have. Can anyone recommend a good supplier of such a drive? I am in the UK..
    Hi Konda - since your first sentence above states 'an additional external hard drive...', you might want to take a look at this ongoing THREAD on these devices; also, OWC (Other World Computing) and Crucial are websites offering a lot in storage options, both often recommended in this forum. Dave
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    Thanks guys. Yes I just want a bare drive. It’s a D2 Quadra enclosure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Konda View Post
    I have been using a Macally one for a few years now and looked inside to find it has an Hitachi 500Gb Drive installed.
    Just a quick FYI.

    Currently there are really only about 3 manufacturers of internal hard drives:

    - Seagate (also makes the brand Maxtor)
    - Toshiba
    - Western Digital (also makes the brand HGST)

    Then we have external hard drive manufacturers (which there are lots & lots & lots). But...the actual hard drive inside these external drives still come from one of the 3 manufacturers listed above. These external drive manufacturers basically take the bare hard drive from one of these three manufacturers...install it into an external case that they assemble/manufacture...and then stamp their name on it.

    If you're looking to purchase an external drive (and you're concerned what brand the actual hard drive is)...you'll want to research the external drive specs to confirm what manufacturer actually makes the hard drive that's inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Konda View Post
    Thanks guys. Yes I just want a bare drive. It’s a D2 Quadra enclosure.
    If just looking for a bare drive...definitely confirm the interface of the external HD case...and the interface of the HD you're thinking of purchasing...to make 100% sure they are compatible.

    It also wasn't mentioned if the original drive is 2.5" or 3.5"...which of course makes a big difference what drive needs to be purchased to fit in the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Konda View Post
    Thanks guys. Yes I just want a bare drive. Itís a D2 Quadra enclosure.

    Personally, unless things have changed in the last few years I wouldn't put much faith in that LaCie D2 Quadra enclosure unless you have some spare, working power adapters that had a reputation for failing, and almost impossible to find a proper replacement.

    Check this out:
    Getting a replacement power adaptor for a LaCie drive | Shameless Plug

    LaCie also had a reputation for just installing whatever brand drive they could source for the cheapest price so one actually paid a premium price for the design.





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    Ironically, I just removed the hard drive from the casing of my recently failed Fantom Drives external USB-3 drive, and guess what brand it is? Hitachi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by usagora View Post
    Ironically, I just removed the hard drive from the casing of my recently failed Fantom Drives external USB-3 drive, and guess what brand it is? Hitachi.

    All drives eventually fail, but some fare better than others we're told...

    Hitachi (now HGST, a subsidiary of Western Digital) has the lowest failure rates across the makes and models surveyed. Western Digital itself came in second, with numbers only slightly less impressive than HGST's.
    https://www.infoworld.com/article/28...rd-drives.html





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    What Patrick just posted is dead on. HGST (Formally Hitachi) on the reliability tests I have seen is on top followed by WD. I have a lot of WD black drives and they are great as are my HGSTs that run 24 hours a day for my Movie server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    What Patrick just posted is dead on. HGST (Formally Hitachi) on the reliability tests I have seen is on top followed by WD. I have a lot of WD black drives and they are great as are my HGSTs that run 24 hours a day for my Movie server.
    Well this drive was not labeled HGST, just "Hitachi", so apparently it must be old stock as the article Patrick linked says the change happened in 2012.
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    Quote Originally Posted by usagora View Post
    Well this drive was not labeled HGST, just "Hitachi", so apparently it must be old stock as the article Patrick linked says the change happened in 2012.

    Regardless, there's a good chance that was made in the same factory with the same equipment and maybe even some of those same employees. The name change and ownership is just that and probably not much more than the bunch of paperwork and maybe pay-off of a few million dollars or so.

    PS: Hitachi also still makes some of the best heavy construction and handling equipment in the world and is a very trusted and reliable name that they earned and deserve. You don't get there easily or by building cheap crap.


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    BTW: If you want to be blown away with the scope of the Hitachi owned Group of companies, have a look here and a lot of big American companies would just love to be even a fraction of what they cover.
    Group Companies : Hitachi Global






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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    Regardless, there's a good chance that was made in the same factory.......

    PS: Hitachi also still makes some of the best heavy construction and handling equipment in the world and is a very trusted and reliable name that they earned and deserve. You don't get there easily or by building cheap crap.

    EDIT:
    BTW: If you want to be blown away with the scope of the Hitachi owned Group of companies, have a look here and a lot of big American companies would just love to be even a fraction of what they cover.
    Group Companies : Hitachi Global
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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    Regardless, there's a good chance that was made in the same factory with the same equipment and maybe even some of those same employees. The name change and ownership is just that and probably not much more than the bunch of paperwork and maybe pay-off of a few million dollars or so.

    PS: Hitachi also still makes some of the best heavy construction and handling equipment in the world and is a very trusted and reliable name that they earned and deserve. You don't get there easily or by building cheap crap.


    EDIT:
    BTW: If you want to be blown away with the scope of the Hitachi owned Group of companies, have a look here and a lot of big American companies would just love to be even a fraction of what they cover.
    Group Companies : Hitachi Global






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    Are you a paid spokesperson? Just kidding, of course. I never said they built cheap crap. I just stated that mine happened to fail after only 2 years. Obviously that's a sample size of 1 and no conclusions can be drawn. I just thought it was ironic that I discovered it was a Hitachi drive shortly after seeing this thread specifically asking for a Hitachi because of the reliability. I obviously got a dud...a statistical outlier.
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