So I'm looking to buy an 8TB+ external HDD. I currently own 4x external WD HDDs. 3x3TB and 1x5TB. I tried a 4TB Seagate once - it was noisy, had driver issues and I wasn't sure if that was normal or if it was borderline defective. Needless to say I didn't have a good first experience with Seagate, but I have heard good things from other people. Haven't had issues with my WDs by comparison. I see there are a number of 8TB external HDDs on the market. Apart from the slight price differences is there any real difference between the brands and models? Do you guys have any recommendations? Is the LaCie 8TB any better than WDs or Seagate? (I realize Seagate owns LaCie), but there's a price difference - is it mostly just aesthetics? Honestly would prefer to have a 12TB external, but all I seem to be able to find are 10TB externals and there's a significant price difference between an 8TB and a 10TB. I'll mainly be using this external HDD to plug into my HTPC for local media playback via KODI. Also, why do I see things like: USB 3.1 Gen 1-ready, USB 3.0 compatibility. I thought USB 3.1 Gen 1 was just USB 3.0? Difference between these drives? 2x 8TB WD, but one is a lot more expensive... https://www.amazon.ca/Western-Digit...1515922997&sr=8-3&keywords=8tb+external+drive https://www.amazon.ca/Western-Digit...&sr=8-4&keywords=western+digital+8TB+external https://www.amazon.ca/Seagate-STEB8...1515922997&sr=8-2&keywords=8tb+external+drive https://www.amazon.ca/Seagate-Exter...1515922997&sr=8-1&keywords=8tb+external+drive https://www.amazon.ca/LaCie-Porsche...1515922997&sr=8-6&keywords=8tb+external+drive Edit: Also, I'm thinking on buying a mini-PC like an Intel NUC to run Kodi and play some light games. I *may need to buy 2x 8TB externals to cover my media library. I'm wondering, would using 2x 8TB drives on something tiny like an Intel NUC be too much of a power draw for that machine? Maybe cause the NUC to get too hot etc?