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[OCLUG-Tech] Re: Linux Digest, Vol 55, Issue 9

Hi Michael:

While I agree that eSATA may be more stable, I've never had any problems
with USB connected hard drives.  You can easily partition  and  reformat the
disk in ext3 format via the USB connection.  At least you getting the data
stability a journaling system would offer you if there was a USB crash.

If you will be primarily running media off this drive, consider the slower
speed/lower power "Green" drives on the market. (I've seen some articles on
these drives set to run at 5900 RPM.)  Although not as fast at random
access, they will consume less on power and have much lower standby power.


From: "Michael Walma" <michael [ at ] walma [ dot ] org>
To: "OCLUG Technical" <linux [ at ] lists [ dot ] oclug [ dot ] on [ dot ] ca>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 13:42:59 -0400
Subject: [OCLUG-Tech] Recommendations for big external disk?
Hello there,

I am in the market for a largish ( >= 1T ) external drive which plays nicely
with linux.  I am guessing it will be USB 2.0 but I wouldn't rule out
network attached storage if the price/performance were attractive.  If it is
USB, I would likely reformat ext3 or similar.  I would be using it a the
core file server for my home network, including my media library.

Any recommendations and reports of experiences, postive or negative, either
to me directly or to the list, would be welcome.

Thanks in advance,