Both are pretty easy to replace and the real issue is cost. 1TB drives are fairly cheap today. While I did try eSATA I found them to not be as ubiquitous as USB drives. So for me, I went with USB.
How do I chose? https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Computers-Accessories-External-Hard-Drives/zgbs/pc/595048 for example.
But here I snapped a pair of Toshiba Canvio 2TB USB 3.0 Basics for just under 99 bucks a year ago. Since I don't want to lose stuff, I got 2 and sync them.
My 2009 Lacie 1TB external hard drive started making lots of clicking noises. I use it for PC backups and some archival stuff. I was able to pull the archival stuff off it and have disconnected it from the PC for now. I am assuming the drive will soon be toast. Right? Is 7 years typical life span?
Back then, I chose it because it has an eSata connection. My PC is only USB 2.0 so I think the eSata is still a good way to go. But it seems eSata is not that common -- or is not listed in specs on websites much.
Also its probably time to bump up storage from 1TB to 2 or 3.
Am I correct that eSata is preferable? Is cache size and RPMs equally important in the mix? Those specs seem even harder to pin down.
How would you prioritize what factors I should be looking for in a replacment storage device. Speed and reliability is the goal.
Any device recommendations for me?
I don't want to spend a ton of money on this of course. I might increase the budget for SSD, but I couldn't find one with eSata.