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Re: good external hard drives (e.g. WD Elements)?

Title: Fate of the Peacock
On 07/16/2009 09:58 AM, Tim wrote:
Does anybody know if the "WD Elements" hard drives in enclosures with
USB ports work with Fedora pain free?  I've heard tales of some drive
enclosures that go asleep on you, but can't recall if it were this range
of models, and there's some of these on sale locally for a reasonable

I had some unidentifiable brand of hard drive enclosure with a Seagate
drive in it that died on me some time ago (the drive gets multiplying
read errors).  And I want to find a decent replacement, without a silly
price, or a crappy fan that's going to make annoying noises or seize up.

You try to be diligent, doing your backups to an external drive, then
the backup drive is the thing to go west!  :-\  Thank goodness I have
the original files to back up the backup...  And, yes, the drive got
treated with kid gloves, and I don't expect hard drives to be treated
any other way.

Now I'm wondering what can be trusted as a medium for removable backups.
I much prefer the notion of something like a drive that carries
uncompressed copies of files, for direct access to a backup.  Rather
than serial access tapes, or terribly slow multi-DVD collections.


I am not sure about the WD Element but I have been using a WD Passport USB drive with Fedora 10 and now Fedora 11 without any problems.  The WD Passport obtains its power from my laptop via the USB cable.  I have also used a SimpleTech external hard drive (USB) successfully with Fedora 10 & 11 to backup my system before upgrading from 10 to 11.

The WD Passport USB drive has been formatted with two partitions, one for Linux and another for Vista.  My laptop came with Vista and I wanted to be able to dual boot but use a little of the internal disk as possible for Vista.  The bulk of Vista resides on the Passport drive with only 40 GB (minimum needed for Vista) on the internal drive.

In the year that I have this setup, I have only booted into Vista once every six months to make sure that Vista updates all of its patches.  Fedora can access the NTFS partition as well as the Ext3 partition on the Passport.

    Steven F. LeBrun

Quote: "One day a peacock. The next day a feather duster."
    —  Democrat Patrick Quinn, Illinois lieutenant governor

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