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skylinelover
post Nov 26 2016, 11:20 AM, updated 8 months ago

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[*]PATA
Maximum transfer speed: 16, 33, 66, 100, 133 MB/s
[*]SATA
  • SATA 1.5 Gbps aka SATA 1 aka SATA I
    Maximum transfer speed: 150 MB/s
  • SATA 3.0 Gbps aka SATA 2 aka SATA II
    Maximum transfer speed: 300 MB/s
  • SATA 6.0 Gbps aka SATA 3 aka SATA III
    Maximum transfer speed: 600 MB/s
[*]S.M.A.R.T.
"S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology; often written as SMART) is a monitoring system for computer hard disk drives to detect and report on various indicators of reliability, in the hope of anticipating failures."
Capacity
  • 4.0 TB = 3,725.29 GiB
  • 3.0 TB = 2,793.96 GiB
  • 2.0 TB = 1,862.65 GiB
  • 1.5 TB = 1,396.98 GiB
  • 1.0 TB = 931.32 GiB
  • 750 GB = 698.49 GiB
  • 640 GB = 596.05 GiB
  • 500 GB = 465.66 GiB
  • 320 GB = 298.02 GiB
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post Nov 26 2016, 12:11 PM

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Good job for opening a new thread for HDD.

Despite the widespread need for SSD, HDD still serve as a cheaper alternative to store lotsa data.


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post Nov 27 2016, 01:21 PM

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Hdd price won't be dropping for a while now. Thanks to ringgit weakening against dollar. Grrrrr
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post Nov 27 2016, 10:56 PM

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i want to buy new external but theres so many choice.

im looking for 1 500GB, 1 1TB. i saw in some shop like IPmart there 500GB sell for 236 and a 1TB sell for 269. im so confuse with the price gap.

1 is WD another is Toshiba tho.
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post Nov 28 2016, 07:02 PM

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QUOTE(TheHitman47 @ Nov 27 2016, 10:56 PM)
i want to buy new external but theres so many choice.

im looking for 1 500GB, 1 1TB. i saw in some shop like IPmart there 500GB sell for 236 and a 1TB sell for 269. im so confuse with the price gap.

1 is WD another is Toshiba tho.
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Fortunately, I have good experience with Western Digital External HDD, I have more than 3 of them (ie. 2x 6TB and 1x 2TB)

Their more than 2 years warranty definitely helps too.


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post Dec 1 2016, 10:05 PM

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QUOTE(kianweic @ Nov 26 2016, 12:11 PM)
Good job for opening a new thread for HDD.

Despite the widespread need for SSD, HDD still serve as a cheaper alternative to store lotsa data.
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Haha no problem rclxms.gif

Very true laugh.gif
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post Dec 3 2016, 10:09 AM

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I heavily rely on external HDD for back-ups.

Due to the fact they are really switch on, they tend to last longer than my internal HDDs.
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post Dec 22 2016, 11:41 PM

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I wanted to ask a few question.Now all external hard disk having USB solder into it , like WD element and seagate slim.
Which external hard disk still able to take out as it was using sata port and use as PC or Laptop ?

Wanted to find one.

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post Dec 23 2016, 04:43 PM

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QUOTE(Maxieos @ Dec 22 2016, 11:41 PM)
I wanted to ask a few question.Now all external hard disk having USB solder into it , like WD element and seagate slim.
Which external hard disk still able to take out as it was using sata port and use as PC or Laptop ?

Wanted to find one.
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You can get a cover and an internal HDD separately which uses SATA cable instead of USB.

I would still go with USB given that it is more widely available on other systems. USB3.0 or USB3.1 is more than sufficient for normal usage.
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post Dec 24 2016, 11:43 PM

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QUOTE(kianweic @ Dec 23 2016, 04:43 PM)
You can get a cover and an internal HDD separately which uses SATA cable instead of USB.

I would still go with USB given that it is more widely available on other systems. USB3.0 or USB3.1 is more than sufficient for normal usage.
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I wanted to save some $ and have extra warranty for it.Lets say WD element having sata port.It'd be much cheaper than buying a hard disk + cover.Besides WD element have 3 years of warranty compare to internal sata 2 years.
Too bad WD element does not have sata in it.More over , even after the warranty , can be use as internal drive.

What do you think ? which external hard disk currently using sata ?
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post Dec 25 2016, 06:37 AM

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QUOTE(Maxieos @ Dec 24 2016, 11:43 PM)
I wanted to save some $ and have extra warranty for it.Lets say WD element having sata port.It'd be much cheaper than buying a hard disk + cover.Besides WD element have 3 years of warranty compare to internal sata 2 years.
Too bad WD element does not have sata in it.More over , even after the warranty , can be use as internal drive.

What do you think ? which external hard disk currently using sata ?
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My view it is not worth doing. You won't be getting much out of it.

Read / write speed may increased but not significant.

If you were using SSD then I would say it is worth it.
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post Dec 27 2016, 07:39 AM

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post Jan 1 2017, 08:11 PM

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QUOTE(kianweic @ Dec 25 2016, 06:37 AM)
My view it is not worth doing. You won't be getting much out of it.

Read / write speed may increased but not significant.

If you were using SSD then I would say it is worth it.
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I found out current WD 1TB blue Hard disk having some kind of weird reading sound which is not a reading/write mechanical sound rather it is like a disc spining whining sound while reading/writing.
It's a new technolgy/firmware which read data having those whine sound ? Newly WD 1TB HD having same kind of reading sound for model EZEX or something.
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QUOTE(Maxieos @ Jan 1 2017, 08:11 PM)
I found out current WD 1TB blue Hard disk having some kind of weird reading sound which is not a reading/write mechanical sound rather it is like a disc spining whining sound while reading/writing.
It's a new technolgy/firmware which read data having those whine sound ? Newly WD 1TB HD having same kind of reading sound for model EZEX or something.
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I doubt the new technology / firmware would have made the HDD noisier. Better checking the health of the HDD via HDDScan.
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post Jan 1 2017, 09:33 PM

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QUOTE(kianweic @ Jan 1 2017, 08:40 PM)
I doubt the new technology / firmware would have made the HDD noisier. Better checking the health of the HDD via HDDScan.
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It's not nosier , it's the read/write sound. Normal hard disk seeking is like mechanical cranking sound but it's on whining sound.No cranking but coil whining when r/w

btw , I would like to ask about pro and cons on WD rainbow color type.Most website only mention their different but about the cons for the hard disk firmware , non of them mention.Whether it jump on seeking or less intelligent on firmware.

Take example , can a Purple surveillance WD use as storing media files vs WD Green as media storage ?
Maximun read/write TB for a specific hard disk and etc ? 1 day achieving 2TB r/w ? PCB board quality and etc.

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post Jan 2 2017, 06:20 AM

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QUOTE(Maxieos @ Jan 1 2017, 09:33 PM)
It's not nosier , it's the read/write sound. Normal hard disk seeking is like mechanical cranking sound but it's on whining sound.No cranking but coil whining when r/w

btw , I would like to ask about pro and cons on WD rainbow color type.Most website only mention their different but about the cons for the hard disk firmware , non of them mention.Whether it jump on seeking or less intelligent on firmware.

Take example , can a Purple surveillance WD use as storing media files vs WD Green as media storage ?
Maximun read/write TB for a specific hard disk and etc ? 1 day achieving 2TB r/w ? PCB board quality and etc.
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1. Can a Purple surveillance WD use as storing media files vs WD Green as media storage ?
I would think so. Purple should be more durable but I have never owned any WD purple.

2. Maximum read/write TB for a specific hard disk and etc ? 1 day achieving 2TB r/w ? PCB board quality and etc.
This is too technical for me.

I have only used WD Blue and WD Red for archiving and have several of them which failed after their warranties have lapsed.
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any hdd 2tb to recommend? for 2nd hard drive usage, primary hdd is SSD for critical programs and OS only. Most of the stuffs like games etc is going to be on this HDD, should i go for SSHD type or others?
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QUOTE(ben3003 @ Jan 2 2017, 09:44 AM)
any hdd 2tb to recommend? for 2nd hard drive usage, primary hdd is SSD for critical programs and OS only. Most of the stuffs like games etc is going to be on this HDD, should i go for SSHD type or others?
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WD red i like haha
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WD red only 5400rpm, will it be slow? because alot of my programs will be installed on that HDD..
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QUOTE(ben3003 @ Jan 2 2017, 04:09 PM)
WD red only 5400rpm, will it be slow? because alot of my programs will be installed on that HDD..
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Try installing your programs on SSD, get the biggest capacity SSD you can afford.

AAA games on SSD and remove them once done.

Everything else in the mechanical HDD.

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