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  1. Following what Brian said... So what's the deal with HGST? Why isn't it just dubbed Western Digital now? Are the models that Toshiba's 3.5" drives based on still produced by HGST or is HGST now targeting just enterprise?
  2. I noticed that in Toshiba's 3.5" HDDs, at least some of them, there are wire ends sticking out from the solder joints on the HDD motor cable, near the motor. Maybe it's the same as when these drives were Hitachi. What's up with that? I don't recall seeing something similar on other manufacturers' drives. More example photos: this one, and another one.
  3. Seems pointless. I don't think the Chinese can tell what's going on inside the companies. Surely there's common hardware and software by now? What about Toshiba vs HGST? Any overlap? Still common hardware/software? In my neck of the woods, not the US, HGST is more or less gone in 3.5".
  4. Not worried, just curious. It looks a bit strange and hackish. Mickey, I don't mean the solder but the wires. Samsung F1 have a different oddity. Looks like the wires are running from the solder blobs into an open central hole. Couldn't get it to focus well, but you can see it vaguely: Seagate 7200.11 are the neatest. Also not even using a flex cable, and the component side of the PCB is facing into the drive. But we all know how's reliability. Interestingly, the poking wires are evident, although to a lesser degree, also in IBMs. Also the exposed test points. The IBM heritage still shows! IBM Dethstar (2001): IBM DTTA (1999): In the only unconnected WDC I have, an old one, the large PCB covers the motor area. And this concludes the HDD motor connection study. For the time being.
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    New internal drives for data storage

    Maybe there are still HGST stocks, though I'm not sure how. As far as I can tell, HGST's 3.5" drive production is Toshiba's since 2012 (bought by WD initially then sold to Toshiba).
  6. If not an attachment or a filehost, SoundCloud for fancier audio-specific hosting.
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    How bad is it?

    You can wipe the drive, or use encryption.
  8. If I see a regular increase in the remapped/pending count on a drive, I definite won't trust it anymore. Maybe a year ago I retired a 40GB WD that was 10-11 years in service. If I recall it had about 30K hours (I could check), and either no remapped sectors or just a static few from years ago.
  9. If a drive spends most of its time turned off, is there an expected limit to its lifespan? Conversely, is the N years failure rate actually N*365*24 active hours?
  10. How many hours did those 10 year olds have?
  11. What do you think of Toshiba 3.5" drives? The HDD market is in an unfortunate state. I can get basic Seagate drives with 3 years warranty, but my impression is that Seagate are the least reliable (the Backblaze stats contribute to this notion as well). Western Digital doesn't have non-expensive 7200rpm, nor 3 years warranty. Toshiba is only 2 years warranty, but 7200rpm, and superficially don't seem unreliable, unlike Seagate. If their 3.5" line is in fact based off of HGST's HDD lines, which Toshiba bought from WDC, then reliability should be good, though it will be the first time I get an IBM-legacy drive since the Dethstars.
  12. Any generalizations for consumer drives, any brand and model, mainly desktop but not only? The Backblaze info says they use standard drives, even drives sold as basic external drives. If I recall, maybe also Google frequently uses standard drives. These run 24/7, last a few years, or more. If I take the warranty period as an indication, assume 24/7, and add some extra, 3 year drives are ~30K hours. But then, Backblaze's >94% survival rate after 3 years, excluding Seagate, shows it can be much more than that. So I wonder when one should retire drives based on hours, and whether offline/nearline HDD storage can be good for 10+ years.
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    Opinion on Toshiba 3.5" HDDs?

    What's better than forcing users to buy new drives for each combination of possible firmware settings? We need 3rd party, open source, HDD firmware.
  14. Waiting for a 120GB drive with similar price/GB and performance that's not much worse.
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    Seagate Baracuda 1 TB question

    That's what the linked article suggests; that the value increases over time as long as there are no actual errors.
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    Seagate Baracuda 1 TB question

    Maybe it's normal. Other people encounter ~60, and there's some details over here that may or may not be accurate, but there are further references.
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    Seagate Baracuda 1 TB question

    I can't say for sure, but I'd say possibly no. The threshold is 30, and 60 is halfway there. Keep watching it, or ask Seagate.
  18. How did you establish it was MBR?
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    Western Digital 2TB...

    Any idea why WD doesn't go above 1TB with their Blue series? A guess: they decided non-techy users wouldn't know or care about 5400rpm, power users go for SSD as a boot drive, so 7200rpm is an "enthusiast" feature that costs an extra by being exclusive to the Black series.
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    Native 4K and Advanced format

    Most, if not all, 4K drives use 512e. I'm not sure what advantage 4Kn drives would bring, really.
  21. Genuine? Uh... does it mean it comes with free Viagra pills or with a plea for help from a Nigerian ex-government official who wants to transfer funds offshore?
  22. I was wondering. It seems all alignment checkers/tools just make sure partitions start aligned on 4Kbytes. But what about the offsets internal to the partition? Is it a given that the beginning of the data area is 4K aligned? NTFS structures? FAT copies?
  23. According to WIkipedia TRIM may be supported since Win7. Anyway, I've uninstalled Intel's RST. The core driver file remained an Intel one, and not the stock Microsoft, but all the Intel services and extra junk are gone (well, the ones related to the storage driver). Good enough for me.
  24. What's Intel RST good for besides RAID? On XP it provides AHCI. But other than that, on Windows 7 and 8, does it provide any more performance or features than stock Windows 7/8 drivers for HDDs and/or SSDs? If there IS benefit to the drivers, is there any reason to leave the extra services or other software it installs?
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    SMART+ Errors? What is acceptable?

    Which errors are flagged specifically? I think what caused the warning may be the "Raw Read Error Rate" of drive #1? On a WD of mine it start at 0 and the threshold is 51. There's a bit of "Multi Zone Error Rate", but I don't know if that's critical or what to expect in NAS usage. The threshold is 200 here, so it's nowhere near. There's also "Seek Error Rate" on #1 and #3. Maybe read up on these attributes. I wouldn't worry much about a few reallocated sectors if it stays stable. Anyway, won't hurt asking WD directly.