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  1. Hi guys, I bought a 2TB WD2003FZEX, it is AF (advanced format), I have only Win XP SP2, I put the HD in External Enclosure, and I intend to use this HD for external storage only with 1 partition, I will not install any OS on this HD. All is ready now to initialize and format the HD for the first time, but I have never formatted an AF HD before. Because it will be used for external storage only, should I format the HD normally to NTFS allocation size default 4KB? Or I need to do something else? Thanks in advance.
  2. Thanks again continuum, I looked at the HGST's NAS line but I don't think they have 2TB models with less than 7200 RPM (I could be wrong). Anyway, I looked around a bit what is available now and I think it comes down to these 2 models: 1. Toshiba PA4292E-1HL0 2TB, 5700 RPM, 32MB Cache 2. Toshiba E300 HDWA120 2TB, 5700 RPM, 64MB Cache Do you guys know which model is manufactured earlier? Which model you think is better choice and has a reputation to last longer?
  3. Hi continuum, thanks for replying. I checked the 3 models from your link: H3IK20003254SJ, H3IK20003254SE and H3IK20003254SP, and they are all very rare to find new and usually out of stock, very expensive also, so I don't think it's worth it. I guess now if I want to buy a current Hitachi HD, I should be looking at the current Toshiba HDs?
  4. Hi guys, I heard that Hitachi HDs are reliable and durable and I wanted to try one for external backup storage of important files. Some of you guys recently mentioned these 2 models: 1. Hitachi HDS5C3020ALA632 2TB 5940 RPM I think it is discontinued now, it's very rare to find new, and it's very expensive, I'm not sure if it's worth it. 2. Hitachi HDS5C3020BLE630 2TB 5700 RPM (aka Toshiba DT01ABA200?) It is also very rare to find new, and it's very expensive, I'm also not sure if it's worth it. Even if I find a new and never used HD from these 2 models it's probably manufactured a long time ago and has been sitting unused for many years, can that be a bad thing? I read that since a few years ago Hitachi is owned by Toshiba. So now if I want to try a Hitachi HD, should I be looking at the current Toshiba HDs? I found this HD from Toshiba: 3. Toshiba E300 HDWA120 2TB, 5700 RPM, reasonable price What do you guys think of this model? Anyone had any experience with it? Is it designed by Hitachi's Deskstar design team? Is there any other Hitachi 2TB 3.5" 5400-5900 RPM HD model that I missed? Which model should I buy? Thanks for your time guys, any advice is more than welcome.
  5. Hi Brian, thanks for replying. 3.5", I wanted to try 1 HD of this brand and use it for storage, and I hope to find 1 with 5400 RPM.
  6. Hi guys, I want to try buying a Hitachi 2TB HDD and use it for storage only. But I only found a Hitachi 2TB HDD with 7200 RPM, maybe I missed something. Is there a Hitachi 2TB HDD with 5400 RPM? Thanks in advance.
  7. Thanks again guys. I want to ask you 1 more thing, I plan to fill the full 256 GB device with data and then let it sit powered off for 5-10 years if possible. Which would be the best to use for this situation: USB Flash Drive, Solid State Drive or normal Hard Disk Drive?
  8. Thanks guys. I already have 1 USB 3.0 Flash Drive, and I wanted to buy 1 more for security. But I read somewhere that Solid State Drives have a bit better quality and have longer durability than USB Flash Drives. Is this true? That is why I was considering to buy a Solid State Drive for backup instead of another USB Flash Drive.
  9. Hi guys, I plan to buy a 2.5" 256GB Solid State Drive and use it as external backup storage. Because SSDs don't have moving parts I hope that the power from 1 USB 2.0 port (500 mA) will be enough to use the SSD without any problems, but I am not sure so I wanted to ask you guys if this is possible. Can 1 USB 2.0 port (500 mA) provide enough power to use a 2.5" 256GB SSD without any problems? And can you guys recommend me a 256GB SSD for external backup storage that uses low power and is nicely built and durable to last longer? Thanks for your time.
  10. Hi guys, I plan to Format a 2TB 3.5" HD from an External Enclosure connected to my Laptop via USB 2.0 Port. I think a Full Format will take around 20 hours with my setup, I could be wrong. While the HD is formatting, is it safe for me to open and browse the internet or watch a youtube video? Will that be a risk that the Format of the HD will be less reliable? Does Formatting a HD take a lot of PC resources, Memory Usage and CPU Usage? Thanks for your time.
  11. Thanks, I really appreciate it. Until now I used only a 1 GB old USB Flash Drive and I always did Quick Format on it. I bought this 256 GB USB Flash to save and store some vital data on it, and I wanted to make sure all is good before I start copying all my data on it. Maybe I panicked a bit, but as I said this is my first time formatting a 256 GB USB Flash Drive and I just wanted someone to confirm if this format time was normal for USB Flash Drive. Thanks again.
  12. Hi guys, I bought Transcend 256GB 3.0 USB Flash Drive, it was formatted to FAT32. I saw the Serial Number from the USB Flash Drive and entered it on the Transcend website and it says it is genuine. My laptop has only USB 2.0 ports. I copied 9.83 GB of data on the USB Flash and after that I copied the same data from the USB Flash to the PC again, and all was OK. Then I deleted all 9.83 GB of data from the USB Flash. Then I decided to convert the FAT32 to NTFS with Full Format, and it took around 8 min. I thought the convert time was too fast and tried again to convert to NTFS with Quick Format which took around 45 sec. Than I decided to do another Full Format to NTFS, this time from Disk Management, and it took around 8 min again. I expected the Full Format to last around 2 hrs, at least that's how long it will take for a Hard Drive I think. I don't have much experience with formatting 256 GB USB Flash Drives, maybe it was fast because it was empty? I am not sure. What do you guys think? Is 8 minutes normal time to do Full Format on an empty 256 GB USB Flash Drive?