May 19th, 2008
A quick note on 2.5″ external hard drives:
The dirty little secret about these hard drives is that while they are unbelievably convenient for traveling and the like, they are in my opinion inherently unstable.
Every WD 2.5″ external hard drive that I have used has broken on me and lost its data, and I’m generally very careful with my electronics. (My awesome 12.1″ Dell 700M laptop has “powered” this website since I started it in Brazil some 3.5 years ago and has traveled the world many times over without a hitch)
Since I switched from WD’s 2.5″ hard drives to SimpleTech’s 2.5″ hard drives I have yet to have a problem, however I am now always careful to have everything backed up onto a standard 3.5″ external hard drive…
Bottom line: Buy 2.5″ external hard drives for their portability and convenience, not for backing up critical data!