External hard drive recommends?


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7 Jan 2004
For the past couple of days I have been reading about external drives and am looking for some recommends (possibly Firewire since they can daisied?) before making a final decision, in case I overlooked something. Here are the specs I am aiming for:
  • Use for HTPC, so must be able to withstand 24/7 power on state & high usage
  • USB 2.0 & eSATA (if I understand correctly eSATA is hot pluggable, but have also read about the drives having to be booted up before the computer?*)
  • 1TB or more
  • Stackable (preferred)
  • Hot pluggable (the ability to disconnect the drive without having to power down)
These are the ones that I am looking at:
*Found this in a review on Newegg about Cavalry CAXM 1TB
Cons: Of course you have to plug it the eSata data cable prior to booting
Any idea what he is talking about?

Any recommendations are welcomed. Thanks.
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