tinpanalley

Looking for new HDD setup advice...

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I want to give as much info as I can, so please bear with me on all the details, I'm trying to give as much useful info as possible.

I'm looking into getting another 3.5 internal HDD to continue storing music, photos, and videos. A drive I'll be reading from and writing to often. I just did a CrystalDiskInfo and HWinfo64 test on my two 1TB HDDs...
C: System drive showed a Current Pending Sector Count of 100 (data=5)
D: Storage drive showed a Current Pending Sector Count of 100 and an Uncorrectable Sector Count of 100 as well (data=3)
The C drive has always had about 240 GB in use. Looks like that's all I've ever needed for my system drive.
The D drive always hovers around 900 GB full.
I actually only want 1 or 2 TB because it's all I can afford.

Questions:
1. Are my HDDs in critical conditions?
2. I've never considered this before but is there a storage size beyond which a platter based harddrive no longer functions as reliably? Is there such a thing as a HDD that's just too many terabytes before it starts suffering from overheating, long read times, physical issues, etc?
3. Is there an SSD/HDD combination I should be considering instead of just HDDs?
4. Is there a site somewhere people refer to for currently preferred brands and model numbers?
5. Any recommendations on just internal HDD brands if that's my only option?

Thanks!

(PS: In the meantime, for the 2TB, I'm looking at the Seagate ST2000DM001. For the 1TB the Seagate ST1000DM003 or ST1000VX000)

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If you can only afford a 1TB HDD, considering an SSD probably doesn't make sense. Why are you buying two drives and not just one for everything? Also, be sure you have a good backup procedure in place either way.

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If you can only afford a 1TB HDD, considering an SSD probably doesn't make sense. Why are you buying two drives and not just one for everything? Also, be sure you have a good backup procedure in place either way.

Firstly, I like keeping my storage of music, videos, documents, on a separate drive. Secondly, I think a C drive functions better when not constantly being written to/deleted from.

Any thoughts about those drives I'm looking at?

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I'm pretty indifferent on specific drives, in such a small sample size it's hard to get too excited one way or another. Personal preference would be HGST Deskstar, but people find good success with Seagate NAS drives too, even though this isn't a NAS.


You could get a Samsung EVO at under .50GB for the system drive and then just get a platter drive for your media too...another angle.

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You could get a Samsung EVO at under .50GB for the system drive and then just get a platter drive for your media too...another angle.

So, you'd have no problem relying on an SSD as a system drive then? The fact that if and when they stop working they just STOP working with no warning scares me a bit.

I'm looking at a WD Red WD20EFRX NAS drive. But I'm concerned about this Intellipower thing. That's not a full 7200rpm, is it.

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I think eventually geometry will be layered so tight together sectors will suffer magnetism bleed.

0s next to 1s will flip, etc.....

Arms and pivot points will be tight and accurate for only so long. Electric motors will get sloppy stepping after a while...

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So, you'd have no problem relying on an SSD as a system drive then? The fact that if and when they stop working they just STOP working with no warning scares me a bit.

I'm looking at a WD Red WD20EFRX NAS drive. But I'm concerned about this Intellipower thing. That's not a full 7200rpm, is it.

Millions of computers rely on SSD for the system drive, there's no need to fear it. Back up regularly and you're in good shape should something go bad. HDDs fail without warning too.

Red is not advisable or supported in PC. 5K vs 7K is probably less relevant for you in terms of large sequential reads and writes.

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Millions of computers rely on SSD for the system drive, there's no need to fear it. Back up regularly and you're in good shape should something go bad. HDDs fail without warning too.

Red is not advisable or supported in PC. 5K vs 7K is probably less relevant for you in terms of large sequential reads and writes.

Ok, thanks. Then I really need to find a 2TB that's cheaper than a WD black but still closely reliable. The only other thing available to me is Barracudas I think.

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That's why people like the Seagate NAS for media drive duty, cheaper and pretty good performance for what is needed.

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