[ubuntu] Advantages and Disadvantages of Portable External Hard Drive

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hello everyone, I am currently looking for a quality portable external hard drive to go with my Thinkpad. It will mainly be used for storing my school files, music and videos. Some have already suggested Western Digital and Philips. Others gave me suggestion to choose between the portable one and that which has external power support. So I would like to have some comments and suggestions on what brand of external HD you prefer and the pros and cons with them. Comments would be highly appreciated. Thank you. I'm a bit pants at searching through the forum so if there's a post similar to this, kindly point me there. Thanks. (Hardware)