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    HDD for general use (3 or 4TB)

    Sounds good, but a page I came across just now by Backblaze: "which hard drive should I buy?" says their experience with Seagate (not all models though) is poor while Hitachi comes out on top as the most reliable brand. I see they cost more than other brands though.
  2. Gigabyte

    HDD for general use (3 or 4TB)

    How long have you been running all those 18 drives continously for?
  3. Gigabyte

    HDD for general use (3 or 4TB)

    Do NAS drives last longer than regular SATA desktop drives? I imagine they're built to spin all day like "enterprise" drives, which would be very nice and in addition have some firmware features which are useful for NAS setups but ignored for desktop use as far as I know. Do you have any particular recommendations? A 5900 RPM drive is out of the question as I've noticed how big a difference there is between my WD green drives and my Toshiba (2TB) DT01ACA200 and the (3TB) Seagate ST3000DM001. I see that Seagate is still sold, and I guess the 3TB Toshiba is similar to the above 2TB I already have. Are any of these brands/models better than the other?
  4. My Mac Pro's internal 3TB Seagate ST3000DM001 seems like it may be failing soon (despite no SMART errors, but I've experienced first hand that SMART isn't always that smart and won't always tell you when a drive is failing). So I believe I need a replacement before I start losing data. Since I use the computer everyday and like a quiet environment it should be relatively silent, but also perform well and be reliable/long lasting. Performance drives as far as I know make some additional noise and of course cost a lot more than "regular" drives, so I don't think I need that. I also have an SSD for the operating system/applications and another SSD for Photoshop/Lightroom caches etc. So the drive in question will basically just be used for storage, but then again I will probably start editing some home videos soon (not HD), so do I need to take that into account, or will just about any regular desktop drive these days be sufficient? 3TB is and has been more than enough for a long time, but if I start editing videos I might wish I had bought a 4TB. Suggestions? In a previous thread I was suggested a Toshiba 3TB DT01ACA300 when I asked about buying backup drives. I've had good experiences with them and they seem to be faster than my Western Digital 2TB WD20EARS "green" drives. Besides being slow I'm tired of WD's silly "features" like automatic powering down after a few seconds of inactivity (likely a "power saving" feature, completely unnecessary IMHO and also something that provides more tear and wear), so I'm more or less ruling out WD. That leaves Seagate, Toshiba, Samsung, Seagate and Hitachi. Have I left anyone out? So what do you suggest I replace the Seagate drive with (3 or 4TB)?
  5. I ended up buying a 1TB Seagate backup plus portable (I'm not sure if this is the same thing as the "slim" because they look the same, but it said "portable" on the box). I've only used it a few weeks for the occasional backup but first impression is good, it seems to work well (and look good), and of course USB-3 is a lot faster than I'm used to. I got the brushed silver one which looks good but doesn't quite match my Macbook Pro. There's a "Mac version" of the same drive if you're prepared to pay $$$ extra as usual for anything specific for this platform. When I get to replace the Macbook Pro internal drive with an SSD I'll put the old internal drive into that nice all-metal Glyph enclosure (Firewire 800). Should make for a nice portable additional backup drive.
  6. Yeah, the Backup Plus Slim models seem nice and appears to use standard 2.5" SATA drives as you say, but for better cooling I'd prefer an all-metal enclosure. I do in fact have a 160 GB 2.5" Glyph Portagig 800 drive which is very solidly built (all-metal, standard SATA drive and a well built USB/Firewire bridge board with sockets that don't fall off by looking at them) and I could replace the SATA drive inside with something bigger, but I'd still only get Firewire 800 and USB 2. USB-3 should be a lot faster than Firewire 800, or so I've been told. I guess they just don't make any solid, lasting enclosures any more (I've heard people complain about very flimsy USB-3 sockets on many drives/enclosures among other things). Someone, please prove me wrong as I need something I can rely on while working on the go.
  7. Good suggestion even though a good looking (not a "Christmas tree" or a "geek toy") enclosure is hard to come by. I did find some interesting ones by Icy Box and Orico though. Do you have any brand recommendations for quality and good looking enclosures? As for ready made drives I did find out that the LaCie 9220 uses a standard 2.5" drive and has a separate bridge board. I think the ones from Seagate might as well, but I should stay away from Western Digital even though their enclosures look better than most other brands IMHO.
  8. I'm looking for a small, light and reliable portable 2.5" backup drive for my Apple MacBook Pro with USB-3 and 1TB capacity. I was about to buy a Western Digital "My Passport Slim" or "My Passport Air" (both metal enclosures) but recently read that WD has the drive controller and USB interface in one board on the hard drive itself, and in addition if you remove the drive from its enclosure it can't be used anywhere else because of a firmware lock. In other words: if the USB interface breaks you can't simply recover the data by moving the drive to another enclosure! As most hard drive reviews only concentrate on design and performance and don't show what's inside, can anyone recommend me to external drives that don't have these limitations?
  9. So you mounted the backplane in a tower PC enclosure where you had unused CD-ROM (5.25") drive bays? Good to hear that there's no capacity limitations. Drives just keep getting bigger. So is my assumption correct that these backplanes are basically mechanical devices, providing data/power connectors to each drive as well as the mount/eject mechanisms for each bay, but no interfacing electronics? External 5.25" bay enclosures with quality and a professional style seem hard to come by. NAS would be easier in that respect, but I don't see any need for all that with just one computer. It would also consume more power and I assume there's some boot delay as well.
  10. Sounds promising! So I went ahead and ordered two DT01ACA200 drives and one PA4292E-1HL0 (they didn't have the DT01ABA200). What's a retail kit anyway? The bare drive without any fancy packaging, manual etc?
  11. I'm looking for suggestions on what to buy when it comes to a storage system for removable hard drives. It'll be used in a small office environment meaning it should be reliable, quiet, and reasonably fast. I currently have a Proavio 4-bay rack enclosure with removable drives: It's connected to my Mac Pro through Firewire 800 but has a few flaws: it won't accept drive bigger than 2TB, it's noisy (yes, I've changed the fans), each hard drive needs a tray to be attached and a couple of other frustrations. I also didn't end up installing it in a rack, so this time around I'm considering a "tower" of some sort. I've been looking at 5.25" backplane modules such as these from Orico: My guess is that they don't contain any interface electronics, so I wouldn't run into a hard drive size limit as now, because that depends on the SATA bridge board I decide to use. They're also trayless meaning I can just pop in the drives. The problem however is that these modules are designed for PC cases and not stand-alone as I need (there's no such space available in my Mac Pro). Firewire (and possibly USB) would be nice, but since my Mac Pro has an eSATA interface I should be fine with just SATA. So, are there any ready made desktop systems with those features? I'm also open for other suggestions, but being able to exchange drives is a "must have" feature I've found invaluable when making backups and whenever my drives fill up.
  12. Sounds good. Thanks for your advice. So these 2TB Toshiba drives neither have the Seagate issues with 3 platters instead of 2 (resulting in poor performance) nor the Western Digital issues of repeated parking/unparking (resulting in premature death)? The drives will be used for external file storage and speed isn't essential, but I'd be happy if I could get a noise/speed compromise. I already have several 1TB, 2TB and 3TB Western Digital WD20EARS (2TB "Green" drives) which work fine (although the parking/unparking has me worried), and also a 3TB Seagate ST3000DM001 which I've found noticeably faster than the WD drives, hence my reason for looking into 7200 drives. I didn't find the Seagate any noticeably noiser either, which is the reason why I looked into Seagate this time as well. But if the Toshiba drives are equally fast and quiet I'm all for it! So, to roughly summarize the Toshiba DT01ACA200 will be similar to my Seagate ST3000DM001, while the Toshiba DT01ABA200 will be similar to my Western Digital WD20EARS? By the way, is the Toshiba PA4292E-1HL0 the same drive as the DT01ABA200? It seems they are according to several websites, but confusingly they both have differing specs depending on which sites you look up (5700 and 5900 RPM). 5700 would likely make it even slower than my WD drives, which isn't good.
  13. So the 2TB Toshiba has two 1TB platters? I couldn't find any info about this anywhere. Having downloaded Toshiba's own datasheets I did find info on the amount of platters for the 250 to 1TB models, but above that this info was omitted. I hope they're not messing around like Seagate have by delivering the drive with different specs but using the same model no. I basically just want a reasonably priced, reliable and (if possible) quiet 2TB drive.
  14. I'm in need for extra file storage and among the 2TB SATA choices available I'm considering the Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001. There are also the Western Digital "green" drives which I have several of already (and after several years had no problems at all with), but they're relatively slow and are known for their constant automatic head parking/unparking "feature" which is hard to disable (I'm on a Mac and most hard drive configuration software is for some strange reason only available for Windows/DOS) and will (many say) kill the drives prematurely. The Seagate mentioned above seems like a better choice, but I'm puzzled as I've picked up on reviews/comments saying that there are different versions of this particular drive with vastly different performance specifications (but with the same model no.). Naturally I want the best performance, so how do I distinguish the different versions before buying? Also, any comments and personal experience with this drive or other recommendations are highly welcome.