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Anyone here use an external Hard Drive?

Post  SonicOrbStudios on Fri Oct 31, 2008 10:39 pm

around mid April of 2008 I got a 500GB Fantom Drives Titanium II with firewire/USB connection and a few days ago it started giving me trouble, (everythign from freezing programs to solid red lights on the drive and corrupt data...). Today I called Fantom customer support and backed up the drive to my desktop, laptop, and brothers external drive. They sent me RMA paperwork and I boxed up the drive. I will send it out tomorrow and they are sending a brand new one soon after.

I did loose 280GB of Hi8 captures of family videos which I was putting onto DVDs. It will take me 3 full days of capturing to get that back again...not fun, but at least it's not lost forever.

After some reading it seems some people luck out with this drive and love it, others seem to have many problems with it after weeks or months. The reason I looked into and got an external drive in the first place was to back up my PCs and transfer files between college and home. After a few months my desktop drive got full and I started using the external for video and audio captures from Premiere as well as WAV storage from Sonar. I'm happy I didn't loose a lot but even still, I am starting to feel I can;t really trust this external drive much anymore.

I should get a second one just to have a backup of a backup and may do that however when I build my new PC I will be running two 500GB drives in a RAID1 config. for all my captures and important files.

Anyone else have a hard drive fail on them?
Anyone have good luck with external drives and if so, what do you use?

This isn't fun, I was really hoping to get a few videos out on youtube but now with this little problem I am basically shut down for a few days...

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Post  smifis on Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:27 pm

some external hard drives doesn't physically have a good hard drive inside them so if you buy a cheep 20gb one you can get a high quality hard drive (WD, Maxtor etc.) and put that in. they're exactly the same except the old one will have an el cheepo make!

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Post  SonicOrbStudios on Sat Nov 08, 2008 7:02 pm

smifis wrote:some external hard drives doesn't physically have a good hard drive inside them so if you buy a cheep 20gb one you can get a high quality hard drive (WD, Maxtor etc.) and put that in. they're exactly the same except the old one will have an el cheepo make!

Yea I figured they installed a cheap drive in there and the case doesn't have a fan so it heats up a little more than I would like...
It was still under the 1 year coverage and so I am getting a new one for free. If it fails again that I will simply put a high end 1TB drive in it's place. By that time they should be reasonably priced.

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Post  smifis on Sun Nov 09, 2008 5:57 am

They're reasonable priced now!

Have a look

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Post  SonicOrbStudios on Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:45 am

ok so I finally got a new drive in from Fantom and on top of that I found a great deal on a Seagate 500GB internal SATA and so I got and installed that to use as my main drive. The Fantom external is now a backup which stays turned off most of the time to keep it cool and running as long as possible.

Expect a Photoshop Video Tutorial to be out on my youtube page in the next day or two.

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