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  1. ChrisPbass's Avatar
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    Hard drives


    I dont keep up with hardware trends
    Whats the latest, not-so-greatest?

    I want to get an internal HD that hits that price/size/quality point of 8/10
    Not looking to buy tomorrows tech.
    This will be drive used for back up and it will be backed up so it doesnt have to be fail safe, as if there is a thing
    I think SSDs are out of the question due to price.

    Thanks
    *on my phone, hope it makes sense
    Last edited by ChrisPbass; 23 Jan 2020 at 17:47.
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
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    Check pricing at Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more - Newegg.com, Shop Computers & Electronics | TigerDirect.com, www.amazon.com. Smaller sizes of SSD aren't too expensive larger ones are right now, 1TB/2TB HDDs aren't bad. There aren't very many HDD brands, Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, HGST to mention some of the more common names. HGST was Hitachi which was IBM, may now be part of Western Digital.
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  3. hsehestedt's Avatar
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    I don't know that there is really too much to say here. The first thing that you need to determine is how large a drive you need to accomodate all your backups plus some room for potential growth of your data or multiple backups. Once you determine a size that fits your needs, you may be able to save a little money by going with lower performance drives such as a drive with a spin speed of 5,400 RPM rather than 7,200, 10,000, or 15,000 RPM. Since you're only using it for backups speed is not likely a large issue for you.

    Not a whole lot more I can add. Drives from various manufacturers tend to be roughly the same price. You have some variations such as NAS drives that are specifically designed for continuous 24 x 7 use, but there's not too much more I can think of.
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  4. ChrisPbass's Avatar
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    W10 Pro 1909 18363.476
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    Berton said:
    Check pricing at Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more - Newegg.com, Shop Computers & Electronics | TigerDirect.com, www.amazon.com. Smaller sizes of SSD aren't too expensive larger ones are right now, 1TB/2TB HDDs aren't bad. There aren't very many HDD brands, Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, HGST to mention some of the more common names. HGST was Hitachi which was IBM, may now be part of Western Digital.
    Thanks. I need to do some research. I'm looking for 5Tb+ at this point.
    I was hoping someone might pop in with a HEY LOOK HERE FOR A KILLER DEAL.
    I've looked around a bit on newegg, they are my goto
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  5. hsehestedt's Avatar
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    Seems like the sweet point for price per gigabyte is around the 8TB size these days. Going REALLY large, like 16TB starts getting pretty expensive.

    I'll leave it to others to point out at especially good deals if they are aware of any.
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  6. Geneo's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Retail 21H1
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    I am quite happy with this Western Digital 6TB drive, though I use it in an external USB 3.0 enclosure:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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  7. hsehestedt's Avatar
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    WD Black drives are performance oriented and cost more. If you don't need the performance (typical for backups), you can get an 8TB drive for around $130 or maybe even less.
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  8. pparks1's Avatar
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    I picked up this 8TB external WD for about $120.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D5V2ZXD..._6qKkEb1A32PJQ
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  9. Geneo's Avatar
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    hsehestedt said:
    WD Black drives are performance oriented and cost more. If you don't need the performance (typical for backups), you can get an 8TB drive for around $130 or maybe even less.
    IMHO, It is also about reliability and warranty. The WDC black has a 5 yr warranty. Depends on what your expectations are.
    My backup scheme is

    system (separately data) -> internal 2 TB Raid 0 SSD -> external WDC 6 TB HDD -> less reliable external HDD -> offline storage over time

    Also my data (photography) bulk storage is on the 6TB drive

    My reliable backup storage is the middle 6TB drive.
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  10. sygnus21's Avatar
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    pparks1 said:
    I picked up this 8TB external WD for about $120.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D5V2ZXD..._6qKkEb1A32PJQ
    I've a couple of the older versions - 2 & 4TB. Almost bought the one you linked to in Dec but decided to hold off. Good price though. And going by the ones I have should be as just as solid. I had mine for 5 & 7 years.
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