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External hard drive failing?

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.

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It could be the drive or the case.

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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? 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.

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want to replace it, not fix it.

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Thanks, but I wasn't considering fixing the drive. I want to get a bigger one.

The big issue as I said I don't have USB 3.0, so I think I need eSata. Right? I've searched Amazon unsuccessfully looking for eSata. I found a no-name one but reviews are sketchy.

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Thanks but looks a little too DIY-ish for me. I'm all about plug n play.

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Here's an example of my last Esata case.

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External hard drive failing

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1.Replace the Hard Disk if it is in warranty.
2.Try replacing the Hard Drive cable.
3.Insert it into the another USB Port as sometimes USB port may not recognized the Hard Drive.
4.From the above answers , if any one doesn't work then you may have to switch to SSD.

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