Questions tagged [data-storage]

For questions concerning devices used to store data, such as hard drive or solid state disks, or flash memory such as SD cards or USB memory sticks.

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Mac file storage recommendations

In my office we have been running a 2012 Mac mini for years as our file server for all our studio files, to which 4 Macs connect via SMB. It's been running Mac OS Sierra for the last few years since ...
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How to build two GPU servers in one?

Is the NVIDIA catalog incorrect?: NVLink is a connector that is more widely available than the catalog suggests. Either way, NVlink only connects 2 PCIe4 cards and I am looking to build a server with ...
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Are portable 2.5 inch external hard drives more prone to internal damage?

I bought a 2 TB external hard drive from Seagate and on the first day it stopped working. Probably something broken inside. I never had expected that it will get damaged so easily. So I'm ...
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Backup for Mac? Alternatives to Apple Time Capsule?

I used to backup my MacBook to the Apple Time Capsule. It saved me several times in the past ~5 years. Since Apple is not manufacturing this device anymore, I wonder what is the current most effective ...
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Is there a non persistent sata drive?

Is there a non persistent SATA drive, like made of RAM chips or similar? AFAIK there are/were pci cards only with RAM chips. What about SATA devices? I am not looking for a (persistent) SSD.
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SSD storage expansion on B550M but only x1 mode PCIe slots available

I have a Gigabyte B550M Gaming MOBO. Here's a cropped screenshot of my MOBO from official site. And here's the MOBO specification for the slots. Right now, the ONLY (sadly) M.2 connector is occupied ...
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Best and cheapest way to store around 30TB of Data

I am looking for the best and cheapest way to store around 30TB of data. Its mostly files with the size of 150MB per file which I have to read alot, so a cloud solution doesnt really fit my needs ...
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How do I know if the phone's storage can be extended?

So I bought a Huawei phone that I didn't realize that it won't be possible to extend the SD card without losing everything This are the phone's specs. In the future what should I be looking for in the ...
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What is the cheapest form of solid state usb storage that can sustain 100MB/s continuously (minimum capacity 16gb)

Anything faster cannot output data faster than gigabit ethernet, so not needed. If you don't have anything that can do 100MB/s then what is the next best thing ? A 16gb usb stick that can do 80MB/s is ...
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What kind of SD card would function on a Sharp XE-A407? Link to the manual is provided in the description

Link: https://www.manualslib.com/manual/416658/Sharp-Xe-A407.html?page=8#manual Please answer these questions: Does it need to be commercial-grade? Can I use less than 32GB? Thank you in advance!
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NAS for RAID for professional photographer and graphic designer, min. 4 drive bays

I'm a photographer and graphic designer, so I have a lot of large files that I need to keep backed up in a RAID. I don't need video streaming or camera feed or features like that, but I do need ultra-...
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An external iPhone-compatible storage device with password protection?

In short: I’m looking for a hardware/software solution to handle an amount of data, which should be accessible from multiple devices including iPhone and protected from unauthorised access. In detail: ...
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28C256-15 EEPROM programmer?

I'm trying to build a breadboard computer with a 6502 processor (eater.net). I quickly realized that to program the EEPROM chip (28C256-15) you have to buy a device that costs $50, and I don't want to ...
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Long Time Storage Solution

This might be a bit too fictional but here's the scenario. Task is to store small amount of data (Less than 1Mb) for centuries to come. Environment specs and possible hazards follows: Usually at room ...
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External 2,5" 2-bay RAID USB3 Enclosure with hdparm/udisksctl power-off support

It's unbelievably hard to find external 2,5" 2-bay RAID enclosures, but apparently it's impossible to find such an enclosure with hdparm/udisksctl support. I just want to spin down and power off the ...
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Looking for a compatible M.2 drive for my motherboard [closed]

I'm looking to get rid of my old HDD (my xbox HDD is dying so prob put it in that) and replace it with an SSD. I would like to make use of the M.2 port on my motherboard if I can. This is my ...
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Does exist a SD card disk array? [closed]

I need a disk array like those which we can just add a new hard disk but using sd cards rather than disk. Does it exist? https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6b/HP_EVA4400-1.jpg/...
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Card to make a DDR3 "hard drive"

I want to update my old PC with 24 Gb of DDR3 to a new PC with DDR4. Because I do not want to throw away that large amount of DDR3 memory, I want to make a DDR3 drive, to use as temporary storage. I ...
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Extreme longevity read-only flash storage

I'm looking for a flash storage solution that combines highest achievable read durability with the lowest price. Low speeds and relatively small capacity (1 GB minimum) are acceptable. I'm looking to ...
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GA-B150M-D3H motherboard and PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 ssd [closed]

GA-B150M-D3H - https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-B150M-D3H-rev-10/sp#sp : Storage Interface: 1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA & PCIe x4/x2/x1 SSD ...
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4TB-5TB External portable USB bus-powered hard drive that does not use SMR technology

Are there any currently manufactured 4TB-5TB external portable USB bus-powered hard drives that do not use Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology? I would like to avoid SMR hard drives because ...
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Which desktop computer should I choose (smaller SSD storage with lower RAM vs higher HDD storage with higher RAM)?

I want to get a new desktop computer. I don't plan on using it play games. It is mostly to do work at home (running python code for analysis, looking through sometimes large excel files, having music ...
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What is the best support to store data long-term?

I have been facing this question many times when making backups for home. I would like to understand what is the best way to store data for the long-term (i.e.: 50 years). The requirements of the ...
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How can I use two USB external hard drives by mirroring both like RAID 1

I was using Amazone drive for store my photos and videos and important document etc.. by comparing the annual cost, now I'm thinking to move to a USB external hard drive because those files I'm not ...
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Looking for a Direct Attached Storage solution

I'm looking for a Direct Attached Storage solution that can accept a minimum of 12x SATA 2.5in HDDs and can connect to the host raid controller's sff-8088 port. I'm not looking for actual listings or ...
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Extender cable to connect USB flash drive to USB port

I recently learnt about the Dead Drops project, and have found a few dead drops in my city listed on the database. I want to determine whether these dead drops are still extant, and if they are, ...
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Difference between 3.5" and 2.5" SAS for home office server

I am looking to buy a small server for my home office. I do video editing, and currently using USB3 external disks is slowing me down, so I need a fast file server that I can use to store my live ...
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Media computer / NAS with HDMI

What I am trying to achieve : Stream media to my TV using the least possible amount of devices. What I currently own : A Western Digital MyCloud Ex 2 Ultra NAS, and I am somewhat happy/unhappy ...
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USB Drive that mirrors PC drive via WiFi

I've got a small device that reads data off of a thumbdrive. I'd rather not be carrying my thumbdrive back and forth. I thought I remembered a USB drive out there that would connect to your WiFi ...
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What Android phone can install unmovable apps on SD card?

Many heavy apps which plays an important role in productivity are unmovable to SD card by default: Word, Google Maps, Google Sheet, Tick Tick, Dropbox, OneDrive. I've tried to follow Is there a way to ...
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Smallest PC that can store 3.5-inch HDDs?

I am looking for a machine to use as a home server for a few TB of files. I don't have a lot of physical room so I am looking for the most compact machine as possible. It is currently not possible to ...
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15-25 port SATA to USB C or PCIe adapter?

I'm setting up a storage server in a typical (albeit very large) computer case. I have like 20 2 TB SATA hard drives, and I want to connect all of them to one motherboard. The most ports I found on a ...
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Looking for USB flash drive with its Removable Media Bit set

Windows specifically has this annoying issue where it will not allow multiple partitions on a USB flash drive. If you create multiple partitions, Windows will only see the first one. Linux doesn't ...
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Cheap, reasonable 3TB internal HDD

I'm in need of a 3.5" 3TB HDD to be used as an all-encompassing backup drive for the rest of my data, as I don't currently have a system in place and that needs to change as soon as possible. Because ...
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USB stick (pen drive) w/ Type-C connector & USB 3.1 speed

I'm looking for a high speed pen drive (not sure about terminology - USB stick?) with USB Type C connector and at least USB 3.1 Gen1 speed. I have found a SanDisk one but it says up to 130MB/s ...
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Persistent Storage for Blender Cycles Rendering for PC

This is a follow up for a previous question to build a high performance rendering PC. This PC will be running Windows. Requirements: Supported by the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X running on the MSI ...
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SDHC for the Wii

I am looking for an SDHC for my Wii. Nintendo's site suggests that any SDHC up to 32 GB should (but is not guaranteed to) work, while other sources imply that the file format matters if you want to ...
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Help me choose an external (USB 3.0) hdd

I need an external 4TB hdd with usb 3.0 connection. I need it for using as a storage for my (local network) media server and for regular backups. I want to buy a silent, reliable and longevous disk, ...
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M.2 drive with 200,000 IOps R/W

Recently, I've been eye-ing the PNY CS2030, and it has quite the specs to share. According to the specs, it boasts 201kIOps Read, and 215kIOps write. Additionally, it says a read speed 2.75 GB/s and ...
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Weather station with API access

I'm looking for a weather station that works without a display but allows querying the data via an API instead. It needs to have a rain sensor measure wind speed have a hygrometer measure ...
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2 in 1 expansion cards?

This question will also be on superuser I use a SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO. LTD. NP300E5E-A02US and it's equipped with a single mini PCIe slot currently occupied by a Qualcomm Atheros AR9485WB-EG ...
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What reliable HDD to buy for private data archive, 1.5 - 2TB [closed]

I need to buy a new HDD for my private data storage (photographs I take mostly) Please recommend me what brand / model is less likely to fail/break. I don't care for performance, I care for ...
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HDD connector for laptop hardidsk to PC

This is the Laptop's Hard Drive That I want to connect to my PC. This is the existing Hard Drive Cables in my PC. Which Cables Should I purchase to connect HDD to my PC ?
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HDD for Videos storage

I would like to know the best HDD for massive videos storage, and by massive I mean: at least 2-3GB per each video. I've tried HGST 8TB HDD but is not working for me because the enclosure I got is ...
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System to format at least 10 laptop SATA drives [closed]

Hi I'm looking for a system/rack or something similar which will be capable of formatting 10 SATA drives. It can be more but no less than 10 drives. I was thinking of some kind of server rack with ...
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What USB to IDE adapter that can send the ATA Secure Erase command?

Update: See my answer. TL;DR, just get an old computer if this is what you want to do. However, if anyone does have a USB-IDE adapter which they confirmed to work with ATA Secure Erase, whether ...
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Large, reliable external HDD for permanent storage

I currently own one external HDD (CnMemory airy 3TB), but it's filled to the brim so I need another one. Since the amount of space I require is growing at an alarming rate, I need a rather large one, ...
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Drive to store very small amount of data

I am currently designing a board game whereby various cards, figurines, and basically all sorts of game items will be plugged into the main game board, which will be linked to a Raspberry Pi. As ...
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Fractal Design NODE 804 supports 10 drives. What micro-atx motherboards support this?

Description of what I am doing The Fractal Design 804 NODE case supports a total of 10 storage drives. (8 3.5 inch disk drives in one half of the case, which is divided into 2 sections, and 2 solid ...
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Backup my internal hard drive [closed]

I changed my CPU and I have all my files in old HDD (500 gb). I taught of using it as a slave drive to my new 1TB HDD. But what if it get formatted. How can I recover it without losing the data and ...
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