usb hard drive question

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Finally my acer hard drive gave up.
So I need to get a new one.
I've got Three options. lacie fuel, the seagate and western digital drive.
both can be run on usb or wireless.
I know thatThe question is now can I run the drive just on usb?
I can charge the drives by putting the Power adapter in the wall, but can I charge it using the computers usb Power.
it's hard to decide wich hard drive to get now.
but I must choose.



Submitted by KE7ZUM on Saturday, March 18, 2017

I would never choose direct usb connections. I would always go with hard wired, that is AC powered drives. Remember your computer has very limited power to run stuff so run AC whenever you can.

Submitted by Kristoffer Gustafsson on Saturday, March 18, 2017

I want to carry around the drive a lot, so I don't want to use ac Connections.
Is the seagate media app more accessible than wd my cloud?
I have tried a Little, and I find it to be a Little hard.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Saturday, March 18, 2017

Looking for a external wireless harddrive for my PC. Have W10. Want to remove cables from my PC as possible.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Sunday, March 19, 2017

I never use the software on the drives. I just reformat them and let the mac do all the work.

Submitted by david s on Sunday, March 19, 2017


Another option to consider is an external USB SSD.

If you plan to carry it around, this drive is smaller and weighs less than a standard USB HDD. It’s also more efficient so it draws less power from your laptop battery. More importantly, if you drop the external USB drive, your drive is more likely to survive than a standard HDD model. Sure it costs a bit more but I think the difference in price is worth the peace of mind.

HTH and good luck.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Sunday, March 19, 2017

I don't think they have SSD's out that are usb that are 1t or higher, at least that are a decent price. Lol! Not yet anyway. That is another option though.

I want wireless Connection so I can use it both with pc, ipad, and iphone.
I've searched very much, and can't decide.
the problem is the software. what can it do, what can it do. How easy is it to set up
on seagate it is the seagate media center, on western there is wd my cloud.
Has any of you used both?
lacie fuel, wd my passport wireless, seagate wireless. these are the options.
Very hard.

Submitted by Kristoffer Gustafsson on Sunday, March 19, 2017

In reply to by Kristoffer Gustafsson

Now I've read Three user manuals.
I Think that I don't want the seagate after Reading that manual, so lacie or wd my passport.
If I want to charge the internal battery I will have to connect it with the ac adapter.
The question is can I live with that?
there was very functions. ftp, sharing the drive over the internet and much more.
if I buy wd my passport 4 tb I will Always have Everything on my drive.
As I understand it the web interface is very accessible.
is that true?

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Sunday, March 19, 2017

I would know. I guess look for a directory entry on here, or ask on a mac list if you are on one.

Good luck.

Submitted by Jeff on Sunday, March 19, 2017

I've never used or even researched wireless drives. My only experience is with NAS and USB external drives. Neither have batteries.

I have 2 NAS drives, both Western Digital. One is a 2TB MyBookLive and the other is a 4TB MyCloud drive. As someone else mentioned previously, I've never run the software that came on the drives. I simply plugged them into my router via Ethernet cable and Windows found them and connected. I just use File Explorer to access the drives. This, of course, makes them perfectly accessible.

I have installed the WD MyCloud app on my iPhone and it's also accessible. I can access both drives using that app. I also have the File Browser app which is very accessible and will access both drives. I can only assume that accessing a wireless drive would be equally accessible.

I don't know anything about the wireless aspect of the wireless drives. It's likely that if it uses a web interface it's probably accessible, but I just don't know for sure. I can say that I'm very happy with my drives and with Western Digital in general, so the WD drive would be my recommendation.

Ok, then I'm considering the western disk.
I read the seagate user manual at first, and felt that I didn't want that at all.
On the lacie it was a Little easier to accessfiles.
but on the western. built Power bank, you can charge the Iphone, sd card reader, and a lot more.
I know that I can share the drive via the local network, so accessing files will not be a problem with windows or Iphone since I have file browser.
if I buy the drive. can you tell me how the cloud app works then?

Submitted by david s on Monday, March 20, 2017


Okay. I thought you planned to carry it around thus I suggested an external SSD drive. Yeah they are a bit pricey right now. I thought I got a good deal with an OWC 1TB in an envoy enclosure for 250 USD.

Have you gone to a local store to check out the drives? If you want wireless, chances are it will be a bit bigger than the portable USB drives and will need a battery source or AC adapter. Not the lightest or most portable solution but it is doable.

Like Jeff, I like WD. I had two Seagate Black Armor NAS drives and they both failed after 2 years. I have a WD My Book World 8TB NAS running RAID 1 for four years now and a 4TB USB drive running about a year. WD support is also really good.

Here are some thoughts or things to consider. Check out your router. Some have USB ports which means you can connect a USB drive to it then share it’s content across your network. Then you can unplug it and take it with you if needed. Do you really want to store all your data in an external drive and take it around with you? Should you lose the drive or drop it, all your data will be lost. I thought you said you have a PC, but for Mac users, they should not install the WD software as it has been proven to cause premature disk failure. So if you can, use the file utilities built into Windows or OSX to prevent complications. And lastly, consider purchasing your drive from a retailer that will allow you to exchange or return the drive without penalty should you find it doesn’t suit your need.

HTH and good luck.

Submitted by Kristoffer Gustafsson on Monday, March 20, 2017

In reply to by david s

I don't got a store here.
When ordering I can get my Money back if I don't like it. I ordered from that Company Before, and ordered something I didn't want. creative sound blaster play. don't use that on mac.
I thought that it should work, but no.
I thought about buying a wireless harddrive Before this one broke.