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I'm looking for an USB2.0 harddisk;
capacity is not really an issue; it wouldn't matter if it were only 40GB, for example.
Most important is reliability.
I myself use a separate casing with Western Digital harddisk; works fine for me, but this is for someone else, and reliability is much more important for them; as such I think the setup I'm using isn't the most suitable for them.

I've heard great things about Maxtor; however, I'd like to hear a few more opinions.

Thanks in advance :)
 

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Are you talking about the stick drives? My dad has one, which he couldn't get it to work on his, but works fine on mine. I'm not sure if they go up to 40g, I know you can get them in 1g. I wouldn't use those 'cause they're too small, it would get lost under all these bills and cds.

The hd in a casing has been working fine for me. I'm actually about to pick up another to put my other 40g in. I finally fully switched over to the 250g so I want to be able to move them between my parents house and mine. As far as the drives, they are both Maxtor 40g 7200s with 2meg cache. The only thing i'd reccommend is getting a casing with a fan. They heat up just a lil.
 
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I wasn't talking about the stick drives; they're too small for the purpose.... more like with external casing, but there are also "complete" models (e.g., casing/hd is already there).
The fan is a good point. Mine doesnt have one; it's doing fine but it gets pretty warm at times.
 

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I bought a 80gb WD drive, bought a Xannet external casing which allows connection to firewire and USB2.0
I think the drive and casing are 3.5' ... I think thats the dimension anyway. Doesn't get too hot even after hours of use.
I used it with my laptop, just to store files, and now use it on my linux box and its very reliable.
 
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