I need a new external drive for a Dell T5810 Precision Workstation running Windows 10 Pro. The external drive is used mostly for onsite data backups. I want a drive in the 2TB to 4TB range.
The T5810 only has USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. I am willing to add an expansion card – for example, for USB 3.1 ports.
The computer presently has these expansion card slots open:
PCI Express 3.0 x8, 8 GB/s
PCI Express 2.0 x1, 0.5 GB/s
PCI Express 2.0 x4 2 GB/s
PCI 2.3 (32-bit, 33 MHz), 133 MB/s
I want a highly-reliable, reasonably fast external drive.
1. Do you recommend SSD or conventional drive? Why?
2. USB 3.0, USB 3.1 / USB C, or other interface? Why?
3. What brand and model do you recommend? Please include why you recommend it.