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Hard Drive advice pls

Discussion in 'OcUK Full Systems & Bundles' started by Jamwelshtralian, 5 Jul 2021.

  1. Jamwelshtralian

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  2. HoneyBadger

    Mobster

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    Location: Kent

    The cheapest
     
  3. EsaT

    Capodecina

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    Brand/model doesn't matter: Compared to SSDs all HDDs are equally slow.

    Though if you want drive to be as cool and quiet as possible 5400 rpm drive would be good.
     
  4. Tanin'iver

    Gangster

    Joined: 28 Oct 2020

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    Cheapest 4 Tb internal seem to be the

    Seagate 4TB Barracuda:
    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/seag...nternal-hard-drive-st4000dm004-hd-37t-se.html

    Western Digital 4TB Blue HDD:
    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/wd-4...e-internal-hard-drive-wd40ezaz-hd-57s-wd.html

    Both £80. Of those two I'd go with the Western Digital over the Seagate, since the Seagate one uses SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording). I won't go into the technical details unless you are interested, but generally that's not something you want. Given a choice between a drive with it and drive without it at the same price, avoid it.
     
  5. GreyHam

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    I have had no issues with Western Digital drives. Both of my Seagate drives failed (one was my video / music drive - wasn't so botherd about the videos but losing my entire music collection was pretty lame). Might be anecdotal but wouldn't buy another seagate
     
  6. The_Arbiter

    Wise Guy

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    For the above guy, always 2 backups!! Any drive can fail, don't get caught out again :)
     
  7. GreyHam

    Gangster

    Joined: 19 Oct 2015

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    Ha, quite right! Have a 2tb drive plugged into the router, OneDrive, and an offsite backup drive that gets synced every now and then nowadays

    It's VERY lucky that I'd started syncing all my work files to Onedrive a few months earlier - all my lesson plans and teaching resources would have gone as well otherwise
     
  8. Danny75

    Sgarrista

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    The WD40EZAZ is also SMR.

     
  9. Tanin'iver

    Gangster

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    Ah is it? Bugger. They don't exactly draw attention to that do they?

    I should have known better than to not check something from Western Digital very carefully, given the dirty tricks their marketing have done recently, like the drives marketed as "5400 RPM class" that actually have 7200 RPM spindle speed (and the related increased power and noise) but only the performance of a 5400 RPM one...
     
  10. Danny75

    Sgarrista

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    Yes, and they switched the plain WD Red NAS from CMR to SMR without saying anything initially.
     
  11. RussD

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    The Toshiba 4TB X300 HDD 7200RPM High Performance Hard Drive (HDWE140UZSVA) is cheaper and is CMR as far as I know.
     
  12. Tanin'iver

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  13. foster grant

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    First thing I would deal with is swapping out that PSU
     
  14. RussD

    Hitman

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    foster grant--not sure you mean me with PSU..It has been doing GREAT work since I installed it with this self build a few years ago.
    I got Loads of usb devices and hard drives working off of it. Not going to buy a larger one until I decide to build another NEW PC. But with the Extortionate prices of Gear everywhere I'll not be Upgrading any time soon. If prices keep rising I'll be better off going MAC. lol
     
  15. RussD

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    Tanin'iver-----Both those 5400rps drives are SMR technology. No way will I buy them even if they sold at £10 each. I've lost 3x 3TB Seagate Drives in just over 3 years. Last one was last year. Too many Errors on them so they now sitting in a box with 3 older ones. My main reason for going 4tb Toshiba 7300rpm HDD. CMR..