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Re: USB hard drives -- recommendations?




On Fri, 25 Jan 2019 15:33:33 -0600
David Wright <deblis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Fri 25 Jan 2019 at 15:06:25 (-0500), Celejar wrote:
> 
> > One major annoyance (and I don't know if this is a problem affecting
> > all USB external drives, or is related to my cables, USB ports, drives,
> > or something else) is that the connections are terribly fragile: moving
> > the drive, or even just jostling it, will usually result in the
> > connection failing, and require replugging the cable and remounting
> > (followed by an fsck) to continue. [FWIW, these are 2.5 inch drives -
> > 3.5 may be sturdier, but I don't really know.]
> 
> In this respect, I find (with Seagate 3½ drives) that the USB3 cables
> are far worse than USB2. For their lateral size, the USB3 plug's
> insertion depth is so shallow that there's little grip, and the cables
> (which probably contain more conductors) are stiffer, so any movement
> sideways and they can fall out. The cables are shorter too; one metre
> as opposed to two. I only use USB3 drives with a laptop when it's on
> the table. For professional installations, I can't see any cure
> because vibration is going loosen them even if everything is tied down.

I hear you. I generally use my USB3 2.5 inch WD drives on a table with
my laptop, but still find that the slightest jostle will kill the
connection.

Celejar