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    Opinion on Toshiba 3.5" HDDs?

    I have 2 of them - one is DT01ACA200 (2TB, 7200rpm) and the other is DT01ABA200 (2TB, 5700rpm). ACA200 has 3600 power on hours and ABA200 has 2800. Both are running fine and with no problems for now. I don't understand why WD doesn't make bigger (than 1TB) 3.5" Blue drives. I have always considered the Blue drives to be their standard 7200rpm desktop hdds.
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    External Hard Drive

    As far as I know, Toshiba 2.5" drives are made by Toshiba. My personal experience with 2.5" Toshiba drives is not really good, but that could be just me. They have 3.5" drives, which are made by Hitachi (may have different firmwares than the original Hitachi drives). HGST Touro Mobile Pro 1TB is actually better than the one you've linked to, which is a 5400rpm drive and not that fast (or you meant something else by "best" ). HGST Touro Mobile Pro 1TB is supposed to have a HGST Travelstar 7K1000 inside.
  3. Got an answer from Seagate support, which said that "The (0B) Calibration retry count - Data:3 message you received may indicate an issue with the drive..." and recommended testing the drive with Seatools (which I actually did and didn't find any problems). So, I guess I'll keep the drive and just check the "Calibration retry count" (and other SMART attributes) for any changes. Interestingly though, a friend of mine happens to have the same drive (4 months old) and the situation with his is similar - "(0B) Calibration retry count - Data:4".
  4. I've written to Seagate support about this, but still no anwer from them, so I've decided that somebody here can help me. I've just bought a new Seagate Backup Plus Portable 1TB drive and when looking at the SMART attributes, there was a warning about the "Calibration Retry Count", value=3. Could somebody explain what exactly does that stand for? I've noticed that only HDTune (tried it on ver. 5.0 and ver. 5.5) reported that as a warning. Other programs (like HDDScan, CrystalDiskInfo, AIDA64) say the value is normal and there is no warning. Here is a screenshot from HDDScan for example: Should I try to rma the drive? I've tested it with HDDScan surface test and Seagate Seatools and it didn't report any errors, but I'm still a little bit concerned with that "Calibration Retry Count" warning. Thanks in advance