Questions tagged [hard-disk]

For questions about devices that use magnetic disk storage as a data storage mechanism.

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Looking for a good hdd/external hdd

I'm looking for a way to upgrade my Dell Vostro 470's space for not a lot of money. Requirements: Under $50 1TB+ storage Have the cable for the motherboard with it (if not then add a link to one ...
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2TB NAS HDD Power Supply Recommendations

I'm building a custom NAS as a backup server for multiple laptops in my house. I'm planning on buying four 2TB mechanical SATA hard drives that will be run in RAID 1 (Hard drives: https://www.newegg....
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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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Replacement Hard Drive Enclosure for Seagate Expansion 4TB

I just shucked my Seagate Expansion 4TB portable HDD hard drive and I was looking for another enclosure to house the drive. However, all enclosures I've ordered only fit the 2.5" SSD/HDD size, and ...
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Which budget SSD to purchase?

I've recently been in the market to purchase a new upgrade hard drive for my laptop. I know it has a standard mechanical drive in it currently and was thinking of upgrading to nvme compatible SSD ...
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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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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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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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Enclosure for old IDE hard drives

I have two internal HDD - one laptop and one desktop. The interface is ATA-100/IDE Laptop - Fujitsu MHV2040AH https://www.cnet.com/products/fujitsu-mobile-mhv2040ah-hard-drive-40-gb-ata-100-series/ ...
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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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NAS disk which can go to sleep

I am buying a disk for my home-made NAS server. I will not access my server very often so I am planning to spin down (put disk to sleep) when not in use. I was thinking about WD Red or Seagate ...
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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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SYNOLOGY DS718+ NAS disk as shared folder for 30 people

In our office we use as a shared folder (we are 30 users). This older exists in a local server Windows Server 2008 R2. The problem is that the free disk space of our server is getting very low, so I ...
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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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Ruggedized enclosure for 3.5" hard drives

I'm looking for a ruggedized enclosure for 3.5" hard drives. These exist for 2.5" drives (like this one), but I haven't seen one for 3.5" drives. My requirements: Disk enclosure for one 3.5" form-...
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ASROCK Fatal1ty X370 motherboard: Compatibility SSD

Currently I am looking to buy SSD, my first one at any rate, and I have seen all kind of SSD (internal, vertical, M.2 to name a few). I am seriously considering this motherboard (huge upgrade for me ...
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Comparison Between Servers

The core process of the company is running on a 4 year old server, and at this point the I.T. Staff got the budget to buy a new server. The core process is a web app with intensive writing/reading ...
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SSD and HDD Internal Raid system compatible with external clone docking station

I'm searching for a good internal raid system for two SSDs and one for two HDDs. The housing of the SSDs and HDDs should be compatible with an external docking station, which I want to use for Backups....
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HDD adapter with USB

I've been contemplating purchasing an HDD adapter. However, they all seem to be ~$20 which is too much for me. Requirements Price must be < $15 (Including shipping, not taxes). Must support USB 3....
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Cheap SAS PCIe controller

I'm currently using a SATA HBA connected to my motherboard, but I now need the ability to connect some SAS drives, so I'm thinking that my best option is to swap it out for a SAS HBA (which to my ...
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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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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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Best practice for Running RBS (Rmote Blob Storage) / Filestreaming on SQL Server

I work as a junior DBA and we are moving our SharePoint database from SP2013 to 2016. I wasnt involved in the original production server specification setup and so what not so the server is pretty ...
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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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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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Connect one SATA hard drive to two devices

I have a DVR writing video surveillance data to SATA hard drive. I want to be able to readonly that hard drive with another computer connected to it simultaneously. Is there a piece of hardware that ...
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Recommendation: drive which is completely sanitizable

Context: I want to store data in digital format, and then destroy it. Let for the moment put physical destruction of the drive (hammer/degausser) aside. Question: which non-volatile drives will be ...
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Slicing 100GB raster datasets

Problem I'm working with huge brain imaging raster data with four dimensions (x,y,z,t). The dimension sizes are respectively ~1000, ~600, ~20, ~3000 with data stored as uint16, which makes me ~100GB ...
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Laptop with a 17" screen which can take a 15.5mm 4tB hgarddrive

That's all. For those who don't know, they get larger capacity by adding more platters to the drive. That makes it physically taller than normal, and most laptops won't accommodate such a drive. I ...
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What devices support a 15mm tall 2.5" hdd?

I've bought THIS hard drive for my laptop but didn't notice it as 15mm. I've never seen a laptop that supports a HDD this thick. I've searched in some forums with no success. Is there any recent ...
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ATX case with far holes for 3.5' HDD

I am searching for a ATX case with proper mouting holes for the new high-capacity 3.5' HDDs. (seagate archive 8TB). All atx cases have mounting holes only for middle screws and cannot properly mount ...
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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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What to take care of when choosing mainbord, when I want to boot from two (or more?) harddrives separately

I would like to put two ssd drivess in my new PC. one with Windows 10 and the other with the latest Ubunbtu. I tried this with my current setup without success, but I've also a RAID controller in my ...
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What external hard drive(s) should I get?

What should I get that is reliable? Primary Backup 2.5" Drives Western Digital My Passport Seagate Expansion your suggestion Secondary Backup 3.5" Drives (REQUIRES POWER SOCKET) WD Elements WD ...