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  1. The only diff between generic- and Mac-friendly drives is how they're preformatted. Mac drives come formatted HFS+ (Mac OS Extended - Journaled). PC drives come formatted NTFS or ExFAT. Just reformat as needed - it's the same drive either way. Why do you need data recovery of your backup drive? Unless your main drive(s) have failed, your backup is just a backup. Swap the drive with WD, plug the new drive in, reformat as needed, and let Time Machine start over. ps - you contacted Apple Support. You didn't contact MAC - no such party.
  2. As you're only using 250 - yes, you can use a 480-512 GB SSD. If your data is growing slowly, then a ~500 will hold you until SSD prices are better.
  3. Did you open it up, to look over the real drive inside? Either WD has begun making 2.5" 5TB drives ... or they swallowed their pride and bought drives from Seagate. Finding a Seagate drive inside a WD external - now that would be a front-page story.
  4. As 16TB drives already require 9 platters, a conventional 18 needs 12.5% higher overall density. Or about 6% linear density increase AND 6% tracks increase. Are these the first MAMR drives? We keep getting promised HAMR and MAMR drives any time, and that further increases are not possible without. Only to keep getting conventional size increases. This isn't exactly a complaint, but they should keep their stories straight.
  5. All the comparison drives were other Seagates, in 14 or 16 TB. Perhaps some HGST, WD, and Toshiba 14s for comparison? Any update on the Toshiba 16 TB? It was announced months sooner, but I've yet to see it anywhere.
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    HDD and slow sectors

    No reallocated sectors. Very low start counts and run time. Low max temp. I'd chalk it up to driver or firmware hiccup every 28 GB or so. If your backup data is critical, change drives. Otherwise, I'd pay attention to it in the future, for any misbehavior.
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    HDD and slow sectors

    Can you dump and post the SMART data for your drive? If it really is reallocated sectors, that would be parameter 05. Seems the most likely, but it could also be a few other things. Like a poor cable, or internal problems. If it's your only backup, and the data is critical, I'd be concerned. But I'd like to see the SMART data rather than guesswork based on a performance benchmark.
  8. reader50

    HDD and slow sectors

    That curve looks normal to me.
  9. Are these the first HAMR drives? Also, is it really the first shipping 16TB drive? Toshiba announced a 16TB conventional (non-HAMR) months ago, without a shipping date.
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    2,5" 2TB HDD

    That's not quite accurate. HGST did not sell their entire 3.5" business to Toshiba. Only enough to allow Toshiba to immediately enter the consumer market as a real competitor. HGST retained plenty of 3.5" assets, and continued to sell them. With newer models introduced for years.
  11. reader50

    2,5" 2TB HDD

    This one is a 3.5" drive.
  12. reader50

    2,5" 2TB HDD

    I have both the Samsung M9T and Toshiba L200 2TB drives installed. The L200 is a good bit faster in my benchmarking. Never been certain if it is SMR. M9T has been in service for 3+ years. L200 for about 6 months. No issues with either.
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    Micron 1300 SSD Announced

    No prices available, not even MSRPs? Do they give availability, so we can check when it hits newegg, etc? Flash is way overdue for a price war in my opinion. Be nice if someone finally kicks it off.
  14. I updated my pw, so the thieves cannot log in and reduce the average quality of my postings. Those viagra posts would really cut into my rep. However, I had to change my pw over HTTP. SR has an HTTPS cert, but it's only valid for the news side. And using it with a forum address loads the news side anyway. Perhaps the SR cert(s) could be updated, so the forums will load securely?
  15. reader50

    New BackBlaze Stats

    For anyone interested, BackBlaze has posted new HD stats. Their HD Summary for 2018. Highlights: • They've deployed 1,205 Toshiba 14TB drives. Annualized failure rate projected at 3%, normal for initial burn-in. They've been in service one quarter, with actual failure rate of 0.75% so far. Annual figure expected to decline going forward. Depending on how good a price they got per drive, they may have paid over $500K for the set. • They've deployed a heck of a lot of Seagate 12TB drives. 31,146 with annual failure rate projected at 1.39%. Once again, they've been in service less than a year on average. So this is probably mostly burn-in losses. Probably spent at least $10M buying them all. • No mention of the new Toshiba 16TB drives. Which I have not seen for sale anywhere. • HGST has the best reliability again by small margins. Seagate's figures continue to improve with later models. WD is dropping off the chart as older models are retired - BB is not adding any new WDs.