zoolooemperor

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  1. Hi Everyone! 1) Should hard drives be replaced just because of their age? I currently use two Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB drives, and they're more than five years old. If they are healthy (knock-on-wood), should I start to worry and think of a replace, simply because of their age? 2) Just a couple of days ago, I became a first-time RAID user. Using the two aforementioned Samsung drives with Windows 8.1 Pro and its "Storage Spaces" feature, I set up a drive pool in a "Two-way Mirror" mode. It should provide a one-disk redundancy similar to RAID1, but it's completely software-based. I decided to go with it because it's easy to set up (apart from having to erase the drives before initializing), and it does not depend on hardware controllers or motherboards. Moreover, and correct me if I'm wrong, it should provide some kind of data integrity checking because of the ReFS file system. The pool is used purely for data storage and access. Question is: is Storage Spaces recommended as a RAID1-like setup? There are so many methods nowadays to employ RAID or RAID-like environments, whether hardware: on-board and 3rd party controllers, or software: Storage Spaces, SnapRAID, FlexRAID, DrivePool, Drive Bender (and most likely even more). In your opinion, what is the ultimate? Please be advised that I'm a Windows user so solutions like Btrfs, ZFS, mdadm and similar are out of the question. 3) What's the best way to set up RAID6 or other two-disk redundancy environment? Storage Spaces for some odd reason requires five drives for such thing, instead of four drives like in the classic RAID6 setup. Plus, my onboard controller does not support RAID6, and it's a pretty advanced motherboard - Asus H97-Pro. So that leaves me with either purchasing a 3rd-party controller, or looking for another software solution. What would you recommend? Again, we're dealing with a Windows environment. Thanks in advance.
  2. So can we conclude that Storage Spaces is StorageReview-approved? AndreasKa, may I know why did you choose tRAID specifically?
  3. Thanks. What would you say about Storage Spaces? And, may I draw the conclusion that the best way nowadays to utilize RAID on PCs is through software?
  4. Thanks a lot for the replies. AndreasKa, FlexRAID does sound great. By the way, your operating environment and needs indeed sound pretty similar to mine. I do have everything backed up, in real-time, but I went for RAID in order to avoid the need to restore in the first place. 1) They offer two products, which one did you go with? 2) What type of RAID did you set up? What redundancy? 3) In what way to you backup to your NAS? Moreover: 1) Could someone please explain what bitrot is? Is it the same like silent data corruption? 2) How on earth does data become "corrupted"? This just sounds unreasonable. Correct me if I'm wrong, but data doesn't just become corrupted if it isn't caused by a power outages (during drive operations, especially write operations), or a virus. 3) What's an ideal operating temperature for a 7200RPM, 3.5-inch, 1-terabyte SATA HDD? Thanks!
  5. Flawless in what sense? How could you be sure of that? SMART values?
  6. 1) The data is critical, but I don't think I do any demanding task on those drives. They're just for data storage - data that is accessed constantly, however. Performance is not an issue so I'm not urged to buy newer drives, but I could benefit from purchasing the modern, quieter 5400RPM drives. 2) I was more specifically asking about the best way to implement a one-drive redundancy environment (RAID1 or RAID1-like), not about which RAID is the best. 3) I'm currently with two drives only so I'm limited to a single-drive redundancy, mirroring setup. I might move to two-drive redundant setup in the future, and I'm asking what would be the best way to achieve that, in a Windows environment. I would like to do that with the minimum drive requirement - four - and for that reason, Storage Spaces is irrelevant. It requires FIVE drives for what it calls "Three-way mirror", which is essentially RAID6. I have no idea why! Thanks.
  7. Hi everyone, I'm looking forward to purchasing two drives for a new PC. They will operate together in a software RAID1-like environment - I'll be using the "Storage Spaces" feature of Windows 8. I'll probably move to a 2-drive redundancy in the future. They will be used solely for data storage purposes, and they will function as the source from which the data would be backed up elsewhere. I'm not concerned too much about performance. By no means they are intended for a NAS - they are for my own PC - so absolutely no 24/7 operation. It's a home environment, but the drives will be installed right next to each other. I was thinking about capacities of no more than 4 terabytes. All in all "reliability" is the top (and sole) priority. By "reliability" I mean the drive that currently has the best reputation. I've been out of the loop for a while and I really need your help. Thanks in advance!
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    New internal drives for data storage

    Anyone knows what has changed in the STDR2000200 compared to the STDR2000100, and what drive actually rests inside the STDR2000200? And upon receiving the drive is there a safe method to check the internal drive's model? (safe as in without opening the enclosure...)
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    New internal drives for data storage

    Any particular reason the drive is especially recommended? Edit: The current model number listed for the Backup Plus Slim in Seagate's website is STDR2000200. I guess that makes STDR2000100 with the Spinpoint M9T a discontinued model? Edit 2: I specified the wrong model, the current model listed is STDR2000200.
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    New internal drives for data storage

    I'm also looking for an external, portable (USB-powered) external drive with a minimum capacity of 2TB (I'm mentioning this here in order to avoid the opening of an additional thread). Would you say this guideline applies to external, portable drives as well? Or is it that in this case there are some drives that are clear winners, reputation/reliability wise? Thanks!
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    New internal drives for data storage

    I've heard something similar but I'm totally confused. So who produces 3.5" HGST drives exactly?
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    New internal drives for data storage

    After checking things out it appears that Hitachi drives have a really problematic availability where I live. A tiny portion of the lineup is offered, and the models that are available are priced irrationally high, with a ridiculous one year warranty. Western Digital (including the Red series), Seagate and Toshiba drives are much more common. So with that in mind, what would you prefer other than the Hitachis? Thanks
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    New internal drives for data storage

    Thanks. Brian: with that in mind, what would you recommend? What would you say about Toshiba?
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    New internal drives for data storage

    1) I'm familiar with that paper and its predecessor. You can't ignore the results, in both reports the HGST drives have proved to be far more reliable. Should I just follow the report and get a drive by HGST? That Backblaze report is the only serious, substantial hard drive reliability-related document I managed to find. And it's also recent and relevant. 2) Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought Samsung were no longer making 3.5" hard drives?
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    Samsung 840 EVO vs. 840 PRO

    Thanks for the input. Like I said, both offer the same warranty here, so it's not a consideration.
  16. Hello! I've done a considerable amount of research into this but I still have a hard time reaching a conclusion. Haven't decided on the size yet, but I'm interested in either the ~120GB class or the ~250gb one. The drive will function as a system drive, and will store the OS, my applications, and will be used for daily work, file transfers, CD rips and gaming. I'm a home user, AKA 'consumer', so what matters to me exclusively is real-world, day-to-day performance. My doubts stem from the fact that where I live the price difference between the EVO and the PRO is not very significant, and both are offered with three years of warranty. With that in mind, I might as well go for maximum performance, i.e., the 840 PRO. However, some reviews state that in some scenarios the PRO is outperformed by the EVO, especially in the 'real-world', and 'day-to-day' environments and activies. I would not pay extra, even if it's a relatively small extra, for a drive that does not prevail in all occasions. What are you suggestions? Thanks in advance. Regards zoolooemperor
  17. Hello My top concern is reliability; I know it varies between every drive and it is highly random; Nonetheless I'm looking for a drive which has the greatest reputation of not failing. eSATA connection is nice, but far from mandatory. Thanks!
  18. Hello. I have a spare PC laying around that I do not need. It's working flawlessly, and I'm going to donate it, however - there is some pretty sensitive, business-related information stored on that HDD. Aside from a (non-quick) format, which is an obvious procedure, what else should I do to make sure that all contents on the HDD are completely erased with no chance of restoration? Thanks
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    HTPC 1TB HDD?

    Hi. I'm looking for a HDD ideal for an HTPC environment - cool and quiet, that is. I have been thinking about the WD Caviar Green (WD10EADS) or Samsung Spinpoint F1. Which one is superior in terms of thermal performance and low noise levels? Thanks
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    Complete and thorough HDD erase

    Update: DBAN is not working for me. Before the process starts a message appears: DBAN finished with non-fatal errors. What's the problem? Thanks
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    Complete and thorough HDD erase

    DBAN it is (and it's free!). Thanks. P.S. - I'm looking for a good partition manager tool. I would love a recommendation.
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    Complete and thorough HDD erase

    Thanks, I'll check that one out. I have also heard about DBAN. Is it better?
  23. I am interested in a new 1TB, 7,200 RPM HDD. I am a complete home user, but there is a chance I will purchase a second drive of the same model in the future, for RAID1. 1) Since Hitachi bought IBM's HDD division and the drives it manufactures are based on IBM's technologies, wouldn't it be reasonable to assume that if one buys a drive from Hitachi, he might be a victim of IBM's highly notorious Deskstar design which were known for below-average reliability? The deadly design might have, somehow, found its way into new Hitachi drives. This questions applies Seagate and the Maxtor acquirement (which are also infamous for being less reliable than average) drives as well. 2) I have read some posts here saying that Hitachi drives are very reliable thanks to a few key facts: Hitachi has a profound knowledge about HDD engineering and it has a very long experience in the HDD market, the longest of any company; and Its HDD design and technologies are highly proven and are a product of years upon years of reasearch and experience, dating back to IBM's era. How is that possible considering the fact that Hitachi offers a warranty period of only three years on their 7200RPM 1TB HDD (7K1000), while WD offers 5 years limited (with the Caviar Black), and so does Seagate, with the ST31000340AS model. In my view, when a company offers a prolonged warranty period, it means that it trusts its products and believe in its reliability, and says a lot. 3) For once and for all, I have to know if enterprise-class are more suitable for home users which are looking for maximum reliability. My impression is that enterprise-class drives are designed with reliability in mind, and might be more failure-proof than their home-class counterparts. I use the Western Digital RE3 web page as an example: WD puts a big emphasis on the reliability of the RE3 line, and the line's reliability is very promoted throughout the entire web page, with phrases like "unparalleled reliability" and more. This is not the case with the Caviar Black web page. How come? This question is valid to all enterprise and home drives from other companies, such as Seagate. Thanks a lot! Regards, Roy
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    Some questions about HDD reliability

    During your work in the workbenches and labs, have you ever noticed a specific brand (from either company or model) of drives tending to fail more than others? Is there a manufacturer (Seagate, Samsung, etc...) with a higher percentage of drive failure and/or errors? Is nearline drives' tendency to fail smaller than their regular desktop counterparts? Are nearline drives really more reliable?
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    Some questions about HDD reliability

    Thanks. Actually, performance is the least of my concerns. I'm aiming for the drive, (or company; since some of these drives or so new) that has the best reputation; reliability-wise. If I'm looking for the company that engineers its drivers better than others, and has the longest time of reasearch and experience, I should turn to Hitachi GST? Regarding the 7K1000 [not .B], should it still be considered, or a 1TB drive of 5 platters belongs to the past? WD offers a 5-year warranty on the Caviar Black. And what is nearline?