Why do you want to go with a none external power harddrive? Just adds another uncertainty and surely when using the Pi or the Vero would mean you need a powered Hub.
If you want a “reliable” drive that you can use permanently go with a 3.5" instead of a 2.5" HDD.
Well the “ext” series of filesystem is know to be stable and well designed. So it should be stable for what you want. Surely also BTRFS is always an interesting choice if you look for new features like COW
I use BTRFS on my laptops running Linux Mint, and have for years without problems. For external drives I’ve been using EXT4 because not all NAS support BTRFS well. If the drive is to be connected to a Pi/Vero then BTRFS would be my personal choice.
I agree with @fzinken about power. Use a externally powered drive.
Isn’t a My Passport a small USB powered drive? The My Book series are the full sized externally powered drives.
(typo corrected, the Quantum Bigfoot drives were not reliable at all )
This 100%. Sure it is nice to not have an extra power brick and a form factor that is easy to deal with but the small drives in those cases have to make a lot of compromises to keep them in that form factor, weight, power draw, cost, etc. Personally I have been happy with the WD My Book and Easystore drives in the larger sizes (most of mine had red’s and white label red’s in them) but a bit less so with the WD Elements I picked up recently (with Ultrastar drives). It is probably best to avoid any that advertise encryption so you can recover your data if the USB to SATA adapter craps out.
Well I still life in the past
Corrected in my post
Agree on the WD Elements, they are cheap and good if you use the drives outside of the enclosure. If you use them in the enclosure and the USB board dies no recovery possible unless you have another WD Elements (as I have 4 I am safe )
Absolutely! It might help to just look at the cheapest price per terabyte; here some actual values in Germany
external 2,5 USB: 21 EUR
external 3,5 USB: 16 EUR
internal 2,5 SATA: 30 EUR
internal 3,5 SATA: 20 EUR
external USB: 112 EUR
internal SATA: 99 EUR
there might be some web sides also in your country showing the price per terabyte as well. So here, the 3,5 external USB spinning disks have (currently) the best price per capacity ratio … and have an own power supply. But … we’re talking about 6 or 8 TB disks models with that good price/terabyte ratio.
For video material and backups I use “Intenso Memory Center 3TB” blocks, first bought in 2013, last in 2018, all error free and passes smartctl long test (2 -3 times a year) without any sector re-allocation. Inside are TOSHIBA DT01ACA300 spindles, I also use for some PCs as internal data disks. I am happy with these hard drives but there are plenty of other fish in the sea.