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  1. Helium drives are not exactly new. HGST worked on them about 10 years ago and there are other products that have used sealed helium for decades. Generally such products either leak from a manufacturing defect early on or survive to EOL. It's not as if there is a semi-permeable seal area that allows slow diffusion. The mechanical failure rate of an HDD is a higher risk than helium leak. I have no idea why your drives need to be used every three months other than some arbitrary business policy.
  2. Just find the read/write specs for the card you are interested in and test it in a computer as necessary. 1000MB/sec is not feasible, so I have no idea why that is listed. Cards that do not specify a write speed should be avoided as writes are often much slower than reads. Don't expect high IOPS from removable SD media as it is not designed for 4K performance.
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    News comments now link to reddit?

    Yes, I noticed that as well. The username and password didn't transfer to the new website. :( It seems like the end of SR 2.0.
  4. The 860 EVO is a very solid SSD. I have 10TB of them and no complaints.
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    Looking for File Eraser Program

    CCleaner has a free version that should provide several versions of drive wipes. You can also try DBan if you want to boot from a disc or make a USB bootable drive.
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    File Recovery on Brand New Portable Drive

    If you fully encrypt the drive (not fast encryption format) it is filled with pseudo-random data and perhaps your recovery software is picking up a few fragments of coincidentally similar file header info and assigning the file type. Some of that SMART info makes no sense, but I use other tools. Manufacturers usually have their own tools, so try that as well. Usually on a factory new drive I find 0 hours use and 2-5 power cycles depending on manufacturer/model. If you think the drive was used, then return it, but the encryption formatting should have effectively wiped any data.
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    WD Rolls Out WD_Black For Gaming

    Are the P series just the standard slowish 2.5" 5400 RPM drives with a different enclosure for marketing purposes, or are 7200 RPM as a Black drive should be? The spec sheet is glaringly thin. Will you guys receive one for testing and perhaps open the case for a peek?
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    HyperX Releases FURY DDR4 RGB

    Oh, I really hope they don't do that with ECC.
  9. I suppose these devices would be used for field video backups, but doesn't Seagate have any SSD availability? A 2+ lb. dual hard drive array seems rather old fashioned in 2019. SSDs would be so much smaller and lighter and not require all that heavy/bulky protective casing. I wonder if they are working on that.
  10. How exactly are the 16TB EXOs different from the Iron Pros? I assumed the EXOS hardware was better to earn the higher MTBF and write ratings, but the performance seems somewhat worse. :( Which would you buy?
  11. The cheapie SSDs often have very little RAM or use the 4-bit/cell flash and perform quote poorly in writes. Make sure that your enclosure and host support UASP if at all possible.
  12. The 5TB Seagate ST5000LM000 is on the compatibility list.
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    AT computer

    I think you meant MB.
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    Old articles, where are they?

    You know nothing of the old Storage Review 20 years ago and all the dedicated work that Eugene and Davin did. Spammers were not tolerated back then.
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    What was the best in 1999?

    In August 1999 I was using the Atlas 10K, which was the best at that time. I received the 18LP sometime in the spring of 2000, and then of course the X15 was vastly superior to any 10K drive at the time. Back then many of us ordered SCSI drives from Hyper Microsystems which had the new models in stock fairly early and was a SR sponsor. IIRC I was using the 28 GB Barracuda in late 1999. They were hot and noisy, but fast for ATA at the time. The 27GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 6880 was probably a bit better, but I opted for the BIOS-busting Maxtor DiamondMax 36/40 5400 RPM capacity drive around that time. The WD raptor was an SATA drive from the start, but a 21st century product. It was neither fish nor fowl, having low capacity compared to 7200 RPM ATA drives and mediocre performance compared to 15K SCSI drives. However, it was cheap and popular with the gamer types. I still have that clear window version purchased more out of curiosity than for any other reason.
  16. Whoa, this is a blast from the past. Why are they hacking?
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    Pagefile Size Should Be >= Ram

    What is that guy smoking and what are the certain conditions? I worked with a measly 1.5 or 2GB of RAM for years in Win2K. The fixed 400MB page file never tried to increase nor were there any slowdowns. So with 4GB RAM in my current system, I should set the page file to 4GB? No way.
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    Photoshop 2gb+ Files, Need Advice

    Now you've got the idea! Sorry if I did not explain it befroe, but there was pain and hurrying. You can also understand why I like having 4GB of RAM and using half for the RAMDiks scratchdisk. Angus, I am sorry for your plight. In any occupation it is difficult having to work without the proper tools. B
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    Photoshop 2gb+ Files, Need Advice

    I also have the task of t sorking with the large PS files. First of all, PS (Windows) only sees 2GB. As ylu knows, the scratch disk is usualy teh limiting speed factor. I tried the WDG740GD and found it poor for hte scratch disk compared to a 15k.3. Maybe a stripped pair woudl be a littel beter, but the access time or command queing or something is important. A pair of the 10k WD drives would be fine for storng the PS files, however. By far, the best perfpormance results were obtaned by installing 4GB of RAM and assigng a 2GB RAM scratchdisk. The STR of the RAMDisk is unbeatable at more than 1GB/sec., and the access times are minsucle. Its the biggest speed improvement I’ve had in yeras. But really, realy, if this is work related, buy a Mac with 64-bit supprot up to 8GB. Windows PS is a BS kludge until windows reaches 64-bit status. Also you should conider a dual-CPU system. Now that my harddrives ar not a bottleneck., I wish I had more CPUs. B. (sorry for the poorwriting)
  20. Arf! The reply was premature.
  21. Some people have more money than sense Why do you say that? The 15k.3 was a great buy; the 36 GB model was relatively inexpensive. It has been in operation about 18 hours/day since November 2002, and paid for itself many times over. The 74 GB WD 10K drive was a disappointment, but I'm sure somebody will buy it for at least half the original price. Now I want to upgarde the boot drive and intsall the orifginal parts ofthe system. So its another few dollars, no biggie. I alrady spent enough on teh CPU, and lats wekk, 4Gb RAM upgrade. Now trhe system will be usable for another 8 months. B
  22. Sigh. The internal transfer rate is always much higher than the STR. Still, 100 MB/sec. STR for the 15K drive is quite possible. I'll take two MAUs if they are quiet. It is high time to ditch the damned WD740GD and the elderly 15k.3. Bettis
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    Fastest Ide 80gb Drive On The Market?

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    Ddr Ram Question, Asap!

    It is really rude to cry wolf and also shout with a bigfont. No answer for you.
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    Ram Upgrade

    4GB of these work just fine.