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  1. Very interesting, thank you very much reader50. It would be nice if I find that WD's DOS diagnostics supports HGST too.
  2. Well, SR's 8TB WD Gold HDD Review from last December is a treasure. (I googled it when looking for performance comparisons between the WD Gold and Red Pro, in case my above-stated principle against buying drives I can't run diagnostics on outside my OS ends up ruling out HGST [it's already ruled out Seagate] too.)
  3. Thank you very much for your reply, reader50! I'd happily wait for a 12TB HGST...if the concern I just added to my last post (regarding bootable diagnostics) is met. And you're right, I probably should have switched to a NAS long ago. One reason I haven't is I'm not thrilled about LAN transfer speeds. Oh, and cost.
  4. Thank you very much, SgtSixpack! I like the $329 price (of that HDN721010ALE604 Deskstar). I think I'll do some digging, because I'm wondering how it's speed. compares to the Ultrastar HUH721010ALE604 $350 I just (oops, sorry!) remembered that for me Seagate's various 10TB models are out (I got an 8TB IronWolf in January, but Seatools for DOS didn't support it...and I'm firmly opposed to deploying HDD's for which I must run HDD diagnostics in Windows (and I was frustrated in my last attempt to create a WinPE with HD Tune on it). WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for DOS v5.27 supports my 8TB Red HDD (when I first got 6TB Black drive v5.25 did not support it but I phoned and they posted 5.27 the very next day). I wonder if HGST has it's own bootable HDD diagnostics, or if v5.27 supports the HGST drives. If not, maybe I'll be stuck buying an (ugh) WD Red (my current one is just an HTPC drive). Edit: It appears that HGST's old Drive Fitness Test v4.16 does not support drives >2TiB, since I just tried booted to it and it thinks my 6TB Black drive's capacity is "1603 GB". I'll phone HGST Tech Support when they open on Monday and ask if they have a DOS HDD diagnostics (or if WD's) will support their 10TB HDDs. If not...I'm afraid I'll be left deciding between WD's 7200rpm 10TB drives: Red Pro and Gold.
  5. Since WD doesn't make Blacks over 6TB, what's the fastest largest (which at the moment I believe is 10TB) desktop mechanical HDD? I vaguely recall reading that they haven't made larger Blacks because now they're is my answer an HGST drive (if so which)? Cost is a concern so I figure I'm looking for a consumer HDD not an Enterprise HDD. (I can swing $400 to $500, but not twice that.) I don't plan to use it in NAS or RAID, simply as a storage drive.
  6. Thank you very much for your reply, Mighty_Miro_WD! I did take a hard look (by which I mean I compared benchmark tests) at my beloved WD Black. And a WD Blue SSHD, since it seems that a SSHD will often be even faster than a WD Black. But while WD is my preferred HDD manufacturer, I see that Seagate's SSHD (ST1000DX002) looks *much* faster than the (older) WD Blue SSHD (per benchmark testing), so regretfully I'm planning to buy one soon. I'll of course keep my eye on WD's future SSHD model releases!
  7. I'm touched by this offer too, Kevin, but I can swing $79 for a 1B Hybrid. And I'm really super-cautious/hesitant to ever put anything but a brand new sealed HDD into service (even though I back up religiously). I now see that not only is Seagate's aging SSHD faster than WD's Blue SSHD, but I see Seagate has a new July 2016 SSHD which is much faster than either, so I'm about to buy a SEAGATE drive (a shock for this WD-lover), a ST1000DX002, for the first time since 2008 (when the largest HDD one could buy was a ST31500341AS, one of which is has been in 24/7 service on the PC I'm typing on ever since). Maybe it's good WD discontinued the VelociRaptor; I recall now that when the hybrids first came out I thought it was a sweet idea.
  8. Ah, so I think I'm trying to choose between Western Digital's "Blue SSHD" and Black. Seems the Black is faster on all counts the Black is faster (and had a 5 to 3 year advantage in warranties). Surprising since I see people saying the SSHD's NAND should learn what files I use most...and that likely that would make it a faster boot drive. This is quite persuasive (using Seagate HDDs)... is a
  9. That's a very kind offer Kevin, but even though I'm in the US I think I should pass. I know that access time would be well worth it for booting. (Even if a mechanical HDD can max out the SATA2 transfer b/w.) ...But I just don't have the time (being disabled keeps me overly busy already) to do the non-AHCI SSD tweaks I've read about.
  10. Hi Kevin, thank you very much for your reply. It's a Compaq Presario SR1913WM with a dual core 2.4GHz (AMD Athlon 64 Dual Core 4800+ Toledo) CPU. "Funny" story; for a 64-bit OS, a Win8.1 requirement stranded this CPU on Win8.0. (So I'm using the 32-bit 8.1) FYI due to disability I can't afford a new machine.
  11. Seeking recommendation for the fastest mechanical hard drive, please (since my computer isn't new enough to support AHCI) to use as a boot drive (300 to 500GB capacity is all I need, since I use other drives for storage) I'm shaken to discover that WD no longer makes the Velociraptor (which I infer from that the only ones I can find of the most-recent 2012 model turn out to be used, or OEM [and OEM means zero WD warranty]). I'd prefer to buy Western Digital/Hitachi, and a 5-year warranty. Windows 8.1
  12. My installation is very complex. Installing the OS isn't the issue, it's installing the programs afterwards. And I have almost no time. I need to leave this pc WinXP until I finish installing Win7Pro on my other one. Oh, the OS install took a day. But troubleshooting program install issues has taken most of a year given that I have almost no time for it.
  13. Is there a jumper pin fix that might work on a Seagate SSHD? I got the STCL2000400 and it only has 4 pins. I tried formatting it on a Win7Pro computer but my WinXP still can't see it. I wonder what would happen it I restore a Norton Ghost image to it from a Ghost boot CD. I think I'll try that because in WinXP Ghost can see it (and the BIOS can see it) even though it doesn't appear anywhere including Device Manager. I think something's amiss with the WinXP installation, because WinXP on a Hiren's Boot CD can see the drive. I'm a bit hesitant to use a jumper fix, because googling told me that the drive wouldn't then work under Win7. But I figure I can copy the data off first (or later with Hiren's WinXP), or perhaps restorre it from a Ghost image.
  14. I'm afraid that by "my best" I may not find time to upgrade from XP for years. My other computer (which I've installed Win7 on but had no time to install programs on) is stuffed full of Black drives now, so I just ordered a Seagate Hyrbid for this XP one.
  15. Thank you very much for your reply, Zurazza! I'm doing my best to find time to upgrade this machine to Win8; I'm thrilled that you've validated my guess that my issue is with XP! I'll give that jumper tweak a try ASAP!