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External HD recs?

I've had horrible luck with externals that stay connected to (as in detected by) my computers. I'd like one to back up my desktop.

I'm currently trying to use a 4 TB Seagate FreeAgent Desk external drive to back up my Windows 8 PC (Dell XPS 8700 Special Ed, 3 TB drive). I have not updated to 8.1, but I guess I should do so soon. After I get a decent backup and system recovery DVD.

I am looking for one of two things:

- any solution for my computer that might fix this. I talked to the Seagate people but my warranty is out. I highly doubt there is a solution here because Seagate wanted me to replace my drive.


- recommendations for a reliable backup drive that works with windows 8 and 8.1. My dad pretty much worships Seagate. I'm not too pleased, probably because this drive has never worked for me (but I was using it with a shitty laptop that I thought was the cause of all my problems).


ETA: please feel free to share to whitenoise/hackerspace

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