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Hello Backup Experts ,
I am looking for good suggestion for reliable external USB storage device.. 2 TB to save
Acronis images of our servers.

Thanks,
cj
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i have always used seagates. however i am not so happy with the 2tb external usb drive.
when connected to usb, it takes up to 10 attempts until the OS recognizes it.
older seagate usb drives didn't have this problem. In the past 15 years I had only 2 seagates failing, those where notebook drives in the same notebook (momentus 500gb each).

i don't recommend western digital & ibm, i have had several drives of those brands fail weeks after purchase
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Get an external enclosure and use normal 3.5GB drives connected via USB or eSATA connection for higher speed.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182197&cm_re=sata_to_usb-_-17-182-197-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817392040&cm_re=HDD_dock-_-17-392-040-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817707228&cm_re=HDD_dock-_-17-707-228-_-Product
With these docking stations you can easily switch drives and put there normal server drives that you consider to be reliable.
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sure you can do what noxcho suggested.
my experience with these enclosures isn't all too positive either.
1. noise if using a fan
2. overheating because fan or enclosure isn't suited for particular hard drive

i suggest buying one that has the hard drive already in it because the manufacturer should have tested the temp, vibration, and ventilation issues.
I had custom enclosures where the fan failed and others where the enclosure wasnt able to cool the hdd quick enough resulting in a hdd failing within weeks.

ideally the enclosure should have a passive cooling element and you need to place it in  a well ventilated area away from heat sources.

if you insist on dyi, buy a hard drive that doesn't produce much heat. seagate is definitely not recommended in that case

hope this helps
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