Questions tagged [hard-disk]

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What kind of connector is this? Looking for an adapter

It doesn't look like IDE, nor does it look like SATA to me. It is FEMALE, but doesn't look like pins would fit into it. I'm trying to figure out a way to get the data, and don't know what kind of ...
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Is there any rack-mount server case which support massive amount of HDD?

I just need to build my custom storage solution. The enterprise grade solution provided by third part company is too expensive and it doesn't cover my requirements. I have overview all the mainstream ...
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do i need to upgrade my power supply after adding a new hdd drive?

I have a pc with this configuration and my power supply is 650W do I need to upgrade my power supply if I add a Western Digital Blue 4TB Hard Disk Drive? core i5 10400F, Asus TUF 2060, WD Blue 1TB, ...
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Measuring reliability on newer harddrives in usb 3 enclosures

I used to measure the reliability of my hard drives via S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology), even for my external hard drives in USB enclosures. My newer hard drives that I ...
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looking to power 3.5" drive before connecting to SATA→Thunderbolt2 adapter

I currently have a Segate GoFlex 22-pin SATA to Thunderbolt2 adapter (see images below) where you can switch in and out different 2.5-inch laptop hard drives. The adapter works great, but I would also ...
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Mount 3 to 6 HDD and 2 SSDs in Corsaair 4000d for NAS

I am looking for a case to build DIY NAS server from my old Dell D19m. Ideally, I would want to fit 3 to 6 HDDs and 1 to 2 SSDs. I seem to have three ways: Can I somehow fit 4 HDDs and 1 SSD in Dell ...
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SSD upgrade of Asus X455LDB

I need to upgrade Asus X455LDB disk, what would you suggest, considering following requirements for the SSD at least 200GB around 70$ my laptop only support SATA connection by the way,Is there any ...
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External drive plugged in for long time

I have a small home server for which I want to buy an external drive (SEAGATE BACKUP PLUS HUB 6TB HDD). Without going into details, it is currently the only way to increase the available storage space....
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What is the proper SSD for DEll Latitude E5550?

I want to know what is the proper SSD for my Dell Latitude E5550 i7 5th gen., 8GB RAM. Right now I have a HDD and wish to upgrade my computer a little bit. I found the user's manual and the spec sheet ...
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Have internal storage drives gone down in quality?

Call me cynical, but it seems that for every drive I read reviews on, there are loads of people expressing the same issues -- either drops in quality of components, poor longevity, or abnormally high ...
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Cost-effective solution to connecting many SATA hard disks to a Linux laptop

What I have: Linux laptop with the usual connectors (most importantly, probably: USB) multiple (about 4-6) SATA hard disks My goal is to connect them simultanously, i.e. I want to manipulate all the ...
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What RAM and SSD can I buy for this motherboard P8Z77-V?

I have my PC and unfortunately, it’s not a new one. I have motherboard P8Z77-V LX. So, I’d like to extend or replace old RAM which’s 8GB to increase it up to 32GB at least cos I want to develop games ...
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SSD: What are the differences among Gen 3.0, 3.0 x4 and Gen 4.0?

For a PC Desktop to be buy it in these weeks, there are the following SSD options: SSD HP EX950, 512GB, M.2, 2280, PCIe Gen 3x4, NVMe 1.3. SSD HP EX950, 1TB, M.2, 2280, PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3. SSD ...
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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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Two HDDs on one sataport via HDD combiner controller

I currently have a two bay nas with 2x4TB HDDs in it. My problem is that i need more space. I dont want to buy another 4TB HDD and a 4 Bay NAS or a 8TB HDD to replace one of my 4TB HDDs since both ...
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HBA/JBOD SAS/SATA controller

I'm looking for 16+ ports sata 3.0 controller for disks already initialized from Windows 10 (with GPT and NTFS volume) for pcie 3.0 motherboard, and I want to access to the data without any change (no ...
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Can I slow down HDD's writing speed/the motors inside it?

My HDD makes an annoying noise even when Windows's disk usage is about 30%. Is there any way to slow down the HDD to make it silent? Either software side or "hands on". Thanks
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$49 for a 2TB SSD?

This deal seems pretty unbelievable. Any thoughts? https://www.amazon.com/GENSER-2TB-Portable-SSD-BlackExternal/dp/B09NWC4SF8/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?crid=777U13GS1K1Z&keywords=2%2Btb%2Bexternal%...
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How future proof is the 10TB disk size compared to a 8TB disk size?

I want to put two 8TB or 10TB hard drives as a RAID6 (or SHR1) array in my Synology NAS. At the moment the price per TB is the same. So from that perspective both are similarly fine. However, in that ...
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SATA bay VS USB port for Raspberry Pi 4 B as home server

I have a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B as a home server. Right now, I want to expand its ability as a server to be able to act as a private cloud server. Before I buy any drives, I need to buy their port ...
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HP Elitebook 840 G2 - how to recognize SSD compatible with M2 socket?

I recently purchased the notebook mentioned in the question topic. Unfortunately, the purchased configuration includes only 2.5 500GB HDD, which is not enough for me. I absolutely need to put an ...
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Unused component shelf lifetimes

Is there much data about how usage and storage regime impacts the the MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) for PC components when they serve as emergency replacement parts but really go relatively unused ...
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Insert correct HDD

I want to insert a HDD into Dell Precision 3561. The specs says: One 2.5-inch hard drive / SATA AHCI I tried with a 1 TB HDD (Western Digital WD BlueTM 2.5-inch HDD, wd10spzx-21z10t0). However, I ...
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is it good decision to upgrade to ssd?

I have a laptop having 4gb RAM with i3 5th generation, and does not have M2 slot but has CD drive. My laptop speed is very slow now so I decided to add 128gb SSD to it. The service center told me that ...
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Does Using both SSD & SATA Hard drive impacts Laptop Performance?

I'm planning to buy New Precision 15 3561 Mobile Workstation, it supports dual hard drives. For drive one, I picked 1 TB SSD and opted for 6 cell 97WHr battery For 2nd additional drive, these are the ...
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Why using an adapted 15-pin SATA connector, my Hard Disk does not turn on?

I have bought this cable in order to use a separate USB adapter to power my desktop hard disk (3,5") At one end is a normal USB male connector, and on the other end is an adapted 15-pin plug. ...
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SSD and HDD: Failure probabilities

I'm stuck in a dilemma. To buy an external HDD for back up and use existing HDD for my desktop or Buy SSD and use it as a primary while using the existing HDD(connected to the PC) as a backup for ...
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Can a caddy break hard drive?

Yesterday I bought a new SSD for my old computer and decided to use the HDD as a secondary disk, after formatting the SSD and configuring programs I decided to use the old HDD once again as the ...
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Pick the right HDD for an unknown connector on HP 17-cn0021nr laptop motherboard

I'm looking for a recommendation on adding storage to the laptop if I don't want to swap the current m2 drive on my laptop. I have a brand new HP 17-cn0021nr laptop, and I want to upgrade the storage ...
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recently harvested an old hard drive from ASUS laptop

I recently harvested an old hard drive from an old ASUS laptop running with windows XP (see photo). Two questions now: What 'reader'/adapter (with a USB on the other end) should I buy so that I can ...
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will chia coins mining HDD be reusable?

I am expecting Chia coin price to crash soon and people will have to sell off all their HDD in second hand market to recover some value. May I know if Chia is an intense R/W mining application? I ...
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How important are HDD compatibility lists for NAS appliances?

Most manufacturers of NAS appliances (like Synology etc) have compatibility lists that sum up which hard drives are compatible with their models. How important is it to follow these? Are all SATA ...
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Hardrive case with WiFi and/or Ethernet interface

The USB ports on my laptop have packed up. It will cost a few weeks that I don't have to get it repaired, not to mention the cost. I see that Western Digital, and others, are selling a "Personal ...
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2.5" USB external drive that uses regular SATA HDD

Can anyone recommend recent models of 2.5"-sized USB 3.0/USB Type C external drives with that still use a real 2.5" SATA HDD inside? Recently, a friend had their WD MyPassport 2.5" ...
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External Enclosure for 2 SAS HDDs

I picked up a couple SAS HDDs that I would like to place in an external enclosure. However, I am struggling to find any that supports SAS HDDs. Does this exist? Could you please recommend any? I would ...
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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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Large external 2.5" HDD with USB Type C connector?

Does it really exists as for now? I want 3Tb or 4Tb of external storage. I am searching particularly for a capacious HDD able to store my files and I want it to have fast interface onboard, at least ...
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HDD rack container

It should give power to them, and give a SATA connection to them. Roughly so: ...except that I want to put 3.5'' SATA drives in it. What I want, externally: simple SATA slots, connected to the ...
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How to buy the right comptabile SDD drive to my lenovou labtop

I want to replace a HDD (Seagate ST1000LM035-1RK172) in a Lenovo Flex 5-1570 (Type 81CA) with an SSD. I am looking for 500 GB or 1 TB. Is this SSD SAMSUNG 1TB 860 EVO-Series 2.5 compatible for my ...
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Best Cheap NAS from eBay with Support for LFF

so browsing through Amazon I find NAS's that seem to be the right fit. This one for instance seems good: The Synology 12 bay But the price is wayyyyyy too much ($1500 at the time of writing this). I'...
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m.2 vs ssd which is better

I have a HP laptop I want to upgrade my HP 15 ay122ne (i7-7500U 8GB RAM 1TB HDD 4GB graphics) Can anyone please help me with the following: For max performance, which is better, a 2.5" SSD or m.2 ...
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Single storage over 10Tb for 2.5inch sata or M.2 nvme

In both cases/connectors, I don t care whether this is an hard drive or a ssd. But the largest hard drive I saw for that case is 5Tb large whereas the largest ssd is 7.68tb large. I want a single ...
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Is there still a manufacturer building 10000rpm hard drives or higher?

I am unable to find one. And below 2TB this doesn t gives advantages over ssd in size.
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How would you power multiple 3.5" hard drives without using an ATX power supply?

The idea is to grab an Intel NUC and plug one of these SATA to M.2 adapters into the M.2 port to connect four 3.5" HDDs as part of a build-your-own NAS project. The NUC however, cannot power the hard ...
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Compact and affordable solution to quickly test all kinds of SAS hard drives?

I need to test and wipe a few dozen SAS hard drives. I'm currently using an ICY DOCK DuoSwap MB971SP-B which is connected to a low profile Adaptec RAID 3805 card thanks to a SFF-8087 to 4x SATA cable....
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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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PC build for Robotics, Machine Learning and CyberSecurity

I'm planning to build a PC for personal use. I'm studying Swarm Robotics, Machine Learning (for robotics), and Cybersecurity (mainly hacking and pentesting). From what I've read online, there's not ...
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Seagate Barracuda (Compute series) Compress Disk Issue

I just bought a new drive last few days, which is Seagate ST2000DM008-2FR102, which is a 2TB capacity of 64 Mb Cache. This is my first time I bought from Seagate since WD is out of stock and why not ...
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USB 3.0 hub that will allow connecting two 4TB bus-powered external hard drives

Please recommend a USB 3.0 hub that can definitely power 2 external USB 3.0 bus-powered 4TB hard drives at the same time. Many USB 3.0 hubs claim to be able to do this, but each one I've tried (and ...
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Affordable expansion array for a public mirror server

We have a public server that provides mirror service for a variety of open-source software, like Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS and PyPI, RubyGems, CPAN, etc. Our daily outgoing network goes from 10 TB to 12 ...
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