External hard drives seem to fail sooner or later, so I thought one designed for a small business would be more reliable. No matter where I search there seems to be the same ones that are designed for consumers. It is possible I'm using the wrong search words.
Does anyone know of external hard drives that are designed for a small business?
Unfortunately, no. While there are enterprise quality drives (SAS drives etc.) I don't think there are any interface chips (such as SAS to USB). Basically the next step up from an external USB HD is a NAS device. It basically acts like a server on the network that allows the comptuers to connect to the drives on the NAS. There are simple NAS devices made by several of the networking companies or you can turn an old computer into a NAS using the free software FreeNAS (yeah I know free was redundant there). SOme of these allow you to incorporate RAID features to mitigate the effects of a single drive failure (though remember RAID is not a backup, it just mitigates data loss when ONE HD fails).
Other than that, I have killed a wide range of laptop HDs (don't ask), but my WD MyBook Essentials 400Gb is running strong. So far it has fallen off the couch 4 times, once while running, fallen off my desk on to the concrete floor once (cracked the case but STILL fine) etc. I have run EVERY hard drive test I know to see if it sustained any damage and so far nothing sees anything more than a SINGLE bad sector. ONE. I have had desktops that came from the FACTORY with more than that many bad sectors.