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  1. Ive tried seatools and i have no idea what is going but of 5 units tested on short generic test 3 of them fail to pass the test, the other 2 get stuck on the second part of the same test called zone scan at 0% for an hour without going any further. Ive tried all my pc ports on the back (the mobo ones) also my ports are all usb 2, while the drives are usb 3 but supossedly compatible with usb 2. I have no usb 3 to test for the moment. I would find gruesome that of 5units all were defective. Thats sounds absurd. Ive tried looking for a seagate mail to ask, but got nothing, only self service docs, and a process to start a return. Any idea. Is this a fake fail caused by the usb. If thats the case is there anyway to rule out any supposed defects using another test that if it works and pass fine would warranty those units are fully functional. The problem is aqccording to seatools 3 units out of 5 are faulty and the other 2 stuck on the short test so they should also be considered faulty following this logic. I cannot find any single contact method to reach seagate so they can tell me if it is not a defect issue but rather that the seatools is not working over the usb 2 of my pc. But as all units are new if they dont reply me on some channel i will bulk load em all to the shelve of the store with printed failed test and ask for my money back. One thing is for sure, seagate support reachability worths 0/10. You cannot sell stuff to people then hide behind an entangled and missmanaged support page.
  2. Please suggest me a set of tests for a bunch of new drives before i trust data to them. The ones i suppose you storage minded people use when u get a new unit.
  3. Got a seagate backup plus portable 4tb. I want to keep sure drive is defective free as much as i can, before dropping any data into it. What is you storage masters your assortment of tools to ensure a drive is 100% flawless. (Ive heard of hd tune, crystaldiskinfo, the chdisk). But have never ran any test on a new drive. Nor i know about any stress test that may find defects not obvious on idle.
  4. I for sure knoww that Sshd are of dubious performance and nowhere near a real ssd. Maybe you get from time to time the same performance for a single file written in their cache but as you say thats only for the very few files written into the cache. But my question is how is different let say a Sshd with 64mb of solid state cache from a regular Hdd that anyways also may have a 64mb of cache that it is in fact also solid state.
  5. Portable Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4tb, Regular and Expansion Im looking at some Portable drives, or at least i nailed it down to this kind of drives, after lurking like mad reading a lot, from regular internal 3.5 to enterprise class, toshiba, and even tape for backups ( i really went crazy on this). But now im mostly sure that my use case is for portable drives. The least clunky best cable untanglement better portability and work on the go i can get. Im pointing roughly to 9 to 12tb with a twin backup of the same size although not necessarily in the same kind of drive or media. Im now looking at the Backup Fast 4tb (2 or 3 of them) one as main additional drive to work, then to either the regular backup plus or the expansion as a backup (again 2 o3 3 4tb of them), as i wont trust any data solely to a raid enclosure. But i better number them: 0. Is there any specific season of the year were hdd and ssd drive manufacturers launch new products and make announcements, maybe in some event, or are there randomly spread. Is this season bad for new purchases if you can hold it for a while. I reead about Hamr for the 1 to 2nd quarter next year but thats too much and seeing that helium has been parked up the the height of enterprise budgets, i dont hold any chance will see hamr in consumer base for an even longer while. 1. Is there any difference between STDA4000200 and STDA4000100. First one is the version in europe presumably for the same model. But do you know if there are differences, specially, are the drives inside the same. I did read the specsheets and they say the same. The only real difference is the steal of plus 60 dollar for the price. 2. Which drive model is running in the STDA4000200 and STDA4000100. Is it the one mentioned by this user in the forums: 3. Are Smr better either in performance or reliability better than pmr. Because after reading your article my guess is that it is mostly in practical terms a factor to increase profit per drive for the manufacturer. And if i got it right how they work, considering that touching a layer of data most times means to first move all the other data that may be overlapping on it, doesn that make them slower and also to have lower reliability because the system will be rewriting and moving data more times. 4. What is the random read write for an average 7200 rpm, like the seagate 3tb st3000dm001. AM i right to guess from your benchmarcks in the review that the backup plus fast 4tb should be around 30% faster in both sequential and random. 5. Again next to the st3000dm001 how would perform another model like the Backup Plus Portable Drive 4TB Black STDR4000100. Is it slower or faster, i suppose clearly slower because of the 5400 rpm isnt it. 6. Is there performance difference between the Backup Plus Portable Drive 4TB Black STDR4000100 and the Expansion Portable 4TB [/size]STEA4000400. WHich drives models and brands are running inside these two. Are both running a single drive or are them dual raid 2tb. 7. Is the software included for backups in Backup Plus drives also included in the expansion portable drives. Unidad portátil Backup Plus Fast de 4 TB STDA4000200 Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive 4TB STDA4000100 Backup Plus Portable Drive 4TB Black STDR4000100 Expansion Portable 4TB STEA4000400
  6. Seriously :| cannot fix the title, pfff xD: How are Sshd different from regular Hdd when they have a solid state cACHE ANYWAYIs this a marketing buzzword. Because they say, hey Sshd have a solid state nand flash like in Ssd so they cache the most used files and for those files you get Ssd level access time. But well since long ago one of the marketing wepons of hdd manufacturers was in fact the cache of the disk, so from time to time they came with new models 16mb 32mb 64mb 128mb of solid state cache, and as far as i know all Hdd have that solid state cache. So either im missing that Sshd have maybe a bigger amount of solid state memmory ( unless i msread the seagate Sshd has 64mb while a regular Hdd Seagate enterprise nas 4tb has 128mb of solid state cache and it is not called an sshd by seagate), or maybe the solid state memory in a Sshd is like the one in Ssd, while on regular Hdd is a different kind of memmory, or finally maybe is how that memmory is built, connected or managed in the disk what it makes the difference. Soo, whts up, whats the answer, and dont tell me it is 42.
  7. Im becoming paranoid with hard disk drive beaking. I have 5 seagates 4x 1tb 4 to 3 year old and 1x320gb 6 to 5 year old. At this point they are near to full, so i will replace at least one with a st3000dm01 seagate 7200.14 3tb . But i want at the same time to make some kind of mirroring so my data is safer from now on. Although im more or less savvy at computers and build mines (i dont work on IT nor i studied anything like that), ive never made a raid. Ive found this: SHarkoon 5-BAY RAID Box There is a similar one from Lian li which seems much better as it is built on aluminium and uses a single 14cm silent fant. But while Sharkoon can use 5x3tb drives up to 15tb, Lian li can only use 5x2tb up to 10tb. I like to buy only 1 or 2 platter hard drives to keep breaking rate low, but as you know, those smart asses at seagate are not using 1tb platter in their new 2tb disk. So it makes no sense for me to buy 2tb seagate drives because they have as many platters as their 3tb drive but with lower quality, and 1tb 1 platter disks are not enough to fit all. So im forced to do it all around st3000dm001 seagate 7200.14 3tb 3x1tb platter drives. Probabbly will swap one 1tb drive for a 3tb drive, and then in the external enclosure put 2 or 3 3tb drives for backup. Now the question: Using what i suggest or any other suggested materials or technologies Which would be the best way to keep an updated backup (not necessarily in real time). Considering that i have different uses and backup priority for my drives: 1tb seagate, windows bot drive only 1tb seagate, application software only 320gb seagate, personal data (HIGHLY IMPORTANT) 1tb seagate, games only (IF this one breaks and i have to redownload all my steam games and reconfigure every game options graphics and keyboard after install ill knock my head against the table XD) 1tb seagate, media only (UNLIKE EVERY OTHER DISK data on this disk RISE VERY FAST on daily basis and requires lot of effort on my part so dont wanna do it again) I consider any option you suggest, from: some kind of realtime mirror raid (all my sata ports are used so all raid drives should be kept in external enclosure like the suggested sharkoon, sharing a SINGLE ESATA PORT) to some kind of on demand drive mirror synchronization (some kind of raid or just software driven mirroring or windows native function, that will copy all data to the bunch of drives in the external enclosure at pressing a button on some software)( in short, once a day press this and wait until it complete mirroring all new data storaged along that day in some kind of incremental mirror on demand) Im running short on space so i would appreciate fast suggestions XD. my media drive has enter some kind of Kaneda mutant state and is taking over every free gb available on the other drives while shouting NEWZRRRR SEGATERRRRRR 3TB DRIVRRRRRZZZZ OARRRRGGGGG LOL
  8. Any seagate hdd over 1Tb using just 2 platters? are there models of such a higher density?
  9. Im searching for the number of platters in seagate model ST1500VM002. My guess is 3, but it may be 2 also using new higher density plats.