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    Toshiba L200

    Game consoles still care. They have 9.5mm 2.5in drive bay and can't make use of SSD speeds, so the latter are a waste of money.
  2. It's over two years later now and nothing changed. At least, Sony acknowledged the issue and added USB storage support the PS4. Though having an drive external dangle from the front of the console isn't too attractive either.
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    Affordable 10TB drives availability?

    Since 2011 I moved away from HDD-based data backup/archival and switched to optical (BD-R). Prices aren't moving much there either, but with $20 per TB they are substantially cheaper, especially once you reach the replacement cycle: HDDs wear down within a few years and regular replacement was only viable as long as capacities increased three- to five-fold with prices dropping in the same manner. Having to a replace aging 2010-built 2TB drives with roughly the same sizes at the same price per capacity destroys all economical advantages HDDs had for archival, like during the 2000s.
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    Age of newly purchased disks

    There was a HDD price hike in 2011 and following years with some people/companies starting to hoard HDDs. Looks like these "futures" reappear on the market now.
  5. I think they'd like me to buy their "Game Drive for PlayStation 2 TB" product with an additional 30-50 % cost added for what might be a slightly modified firmware. Looks like in few years from now I might just end up with a 2+ TB SSD for that use case.
  6. I tried upgrading a PS4 with that Seagate 2TB SMR drive and it didn't work reliably. Locked up and corrupted data multiple times, Console couldn't boot anymore and had to be restored from backup. Everything returned to normal once it got reverted to the 1TB factory HDD (made by HGST). Outside this application the drive still seems to work (albeit very slow), but it shows that SMR outside of special applications isn't really ready for prime time, despite Seagate trying the hardest selling to consumers. Without even specifying on the drive what you get - I just ordered a 2.5in 2 TB drive and didn't even know what the issue was, until I found out it was SMR. Interestingly there is now no <=9.5mm PMR drive above 1 TB in production anymore.
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    WDC Red Pro 8TB Too Quiet

    I just got hands on my first He drive by buying a WD My Book 8TB (WD80EZZX). It's surprisingly light for its huge capacity and it's the most silent 3.5" drive I ever had.
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    WD Blue SSHD 4TB Review

    The 8 GB NAND cache is still too small to really help games. The newer games which profit from SSDs due to asset streaming are so large (up to 50 GB), that this small cache doesn't help them. Older games which fit into the cache OTOH don't really need this. These are usually designed with very slow optical disc operation in mind and a conventional hard drive is more than fast enough for them. Is still view SSHDs as benchmark tuning device.
  9. SECURE ERASE is a standard ATA command, which any utility can send to the SSD/HDD, provided that the SSD/HDD was not set to SECURITY FREEZE before. Usually the motherboard firmware or maybe Windows 8 and above does that to prevent malware from permanently locking your SSD/HDD. I usually use Linux to secure erase disk drives, because the Linux kernel can be configured to filter out the SECURITY FREEZE command, when you hot-plug a SSD/HDD. Otherwise you can't use SECURITY commands. There is a good reason why those SECURITY commands are specially protected: These command allow to permanently lock (aka brick) a SSD/HDD drive by setting a password. In fact the SECURITY ERASE process consists of locking the drive with a password and then unlock it again by securely erasing it with that password. If the process gets interrupted in the middle by a power failure, the drive is still locked. So doing this sort of stuff is something I only recommend for experts.
  10. Interesting innovation, but I would be more interested in having drive-less bus-powered enclosures to put my own 3.5in hard drives in. I'm not really fond of having to buy a unnecessary Seagate HDD with it. For me the power supply thing is mostly a non-issue, because I use bare desktop drives inside USB/eSATA docking stations and tray-less mobile racks. Docking stations stay on the desk and are powered on their own while mobile racks are simply powered by the PC PSU. Of course, doing that one has to be cautious because of ESD (sadly SeaShield is long gone), but that is not much different from handling bare optical discs, were you carefully have to avoid touching or scratching them, too. OTOH USB enclosures don't solve the most immediate danger while handling 3.5in HDDs: mechanical damage. The latter is the best reason to avoid them and buy robust 2.5in hard drives instead. Also those are bus-powered for a decade already.
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    Best cloud backup hard drive?

    Of course not. Unlike building and selling a hard drive providing online server storage causes running costs. Just see it as marketing move by Microsoft to promote their OneDrive. Some day they will try to monetize it. To back up this drive, just get another one or two.
  12. I have been burned by the 840 Basic featuring TLC, also showing me, that Samsung's warranty promises are worthless. Pricing in Europe is unconvincing, compared to competitors products, they are all cheaper, even some of the MLC models. This series is best to avoid I think.
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    Samsung 2TB SSD: when?

    My prediction was this would happen before 2020. Since this year I can order a 2 TB 2.5" 7mm flash drive for below 650 €. That's impressive (price-wise) and already on par with HDDs space-wise (the now available 4TB 2.5" HDDs are 15mm thick)
  14. My Samsung 840 (TLC flash) now has 4 (four) TBW after roughly 3 years and starts showing read speed degradation. Down from 530 to about 160 MB/s for older files (stored about a year ago). This lemon was the most expensive SSD i bought in 2013, two cheap and slow (IOPS) SanDisk G25s I bought along with it are still doing fine in linear throughput.
  15. For USB storage it means the device supports 16 byte commands (so these can be used instead of 10 byte commands, which are limited to 2 TB). Of course, you also need an OS which supports 16 byte commands itself, but it doesn't have to be a 64 bit OS. Something like Windows 7 x86 supports >2TB disks just fine. BTW: You can check for support even without having a drive >2TB available by simply checking if the 16 byte commands are implemented. The reason why you see those "tested capacities" in advertisements, because those resellers don't really have a clue what they sell. They order a container full of some USB gadgets from a Chinese OEM and then "test" what works with it. Fun fact: eSATA never had any capacity limits. I have still have old USB 2.0 docking stations, which work fine with 4 and 6 TB drives using the eSATA ports.