A Bytecc USB-2 case with fan, and an internal Maxtor drive. Zero problems. I bought another case for my internal DVD-RW drive. Zero problems.
It appears, at least to me, that the generic cases with a good internal drive work best. No bells or whistles, just a stable device.
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I was on my way to purchase the Maxtor Ext HD, but thought I would check first to see what has been posted. I am shocked at the complexity of the problems, so I want to stay away from Maxtor. Any recommendations on a solid Ext HD. I am running Win XP on a Dell Dimension 4550. I want to use the HD as a way to store IPOD music files, photos, and documents that can easily be accessed by the operating system--especially with the IPOD files so that they are not stored on the main HD taking up so much space. I continue to back up on CD, but want to supplement available HD space to increase overall performance. Thoughts?