Questions tagged [hard-disk]

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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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I need a NAS solution with conflicting requirements

I have to buy a NAS storage, with a set of simultaneous opposite requirements. In particular, high speed, lots of space and small budget. Can I do something like: - Use a NAS with four bays, two for ...
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Does this exist: HDD/SSD with Thunderbolt 3 AND Ethernet?

I am looking for a hard disk/SSD/NAS with both these interfaces: Thunderbolt 3 Ethernet, 1 GbE or 10 GbE So far I only found TB+USB and Eth+USB. Does the combination I am looking for exist?
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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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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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Let's discuss on the parts of my friend's new PC build [closed]

Here is my list of the parts on amazon of the new PC i am going to build for my friend. I need some experienced advice if that build is okay on that ~700 pounds budget or how it can be better on the ...
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Fast and cheap RAID HDD?

Given that I suspect my PC to have a suicidal behavior, I'm looking for a RAID HDD to save my data safely. I have very old documents that I don't wanna lose. What are the best solutions for this? Buy ...
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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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PCIe SSD, SATA SSD or Hard disk drives for a 10-workers server?

For a server aimed to centralize the documents of a 10-people team, which kind of media would you advise to have a system that is both responsive and reliable? I want the server not hanging and that ...
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Is there such a thing as a hard drive with two interfaces where you can use both at once?

Is there any hard drive which can be controlled by two different interfaces at the same time? E.g. two USB ports, or one USB and one SATA, or one USB and one LAN/NAS?
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SATA PCIe Controller Card

I’m looking for an affordable SATA PCIe controller card that I can use only PC. I have 4 x 3TB 3.5” SATA hard drives and want to be able to use them on the new card. I have read a review of some ...
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HDD vs SSD for semi-frequent backups

(Copied from superuser) With SSDs getting cheaper and more mature, I am thinking of getting some for off-site backups. I would store system images and media backups on it, updated weekly-monthly. The ...
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Suggestions for storage pc

I own a small production company and use a lot of hard drives to backup my data. I want to find an affordable solution for file storage. What is the best way to achieve this? It doesn't need to be ...
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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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Upgrade HDD to SSD for Dell Inspiron 5558

I have a Dell Inspiron 5558 with following configuration. Intel Core i5 5250U 1.6GHz 8GB RAM NVidia 920M 4GB Windows 10 Updated to latest stable 1TB 5400 RPM WD HDD Now the problem is, I can't use ...
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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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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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Large external hard drive [closed]

I own a small cloud storage company and I was wondering what type of external hard drive/server I should purchase. I have considered this 80TB one, but is there a better choice?
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Question about replacing hard drive on laptop [closed]

I'm trying to replace an HHD for an SSD on a " MSI CX61 2QC-1654US" but when I go online to buy for ssd they all look super big. I was doing a little research and there is something called Caddy to ...
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How significant is the difference between Western DIgital Red and Purple for CCTV footage? [closed]

I would like to have 6TB of RAID1 for CCTV footage. Instead of buying 2 6TB WD Purple drives + RAID enclosure, I was wondering if I can just get a MyBook Duo (which has 2 WD Red drives in it). Will ...
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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 Toshiba or Western digital for install PS4 games?

I will to install PS4 games in a USB 2.5 HDD. Which HDD is better: Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB or Western Digital Elements 1TB? I'm thinking in speed and durability.
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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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Alienware X51 & SSD & Kubuntu

I have an alienware X51 with Windows 10 installed in a HDD. I plan to buy a new SSD and install the latest version of Kubuntu (16.10 Yaketty Yak) on it. Ideally, I would like to preserve the dual-boot:...
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Looking for a storage case for multiple hard drives [closed]

I'm looking for ideally one or a few containers that can store and reasonably protect hard drives sitting in the closet, and that would be easy to pick up and set in a car to transport if needed. I ...
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Internal Hard Drive Switcher

Does there exist a cable where I can plug two hard drives into the same motherboard's sata slot and with the flip of a switch (between power-offs) switch between these two hard drives (without having ...
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PCI SATA cards for old tower PCs

I'm thinking about getting a couple inexpensive PCI cards that will let me plug in any SATA drive into some 10-15 year old PCs. One is an old Compaq Presario 5300 US with a 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron ...
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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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External HDD. Very slim. Max 10 mm. 1-2 TB

I have found Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 1TB but there are enough users reported about the bad experience. After some weeks it doesnt work anymore. Max 10 mm cause I want it to use this external ...
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External CD Drive That Doubles For Sata Access

So I use this USB to Sata + Power converter to hook up drives to my laptop like so. It works for hard drives but not cd drives. I would like to be able to hot swap the same drive between a desktop ...
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low power computer I can use for DIY NAS with Crashplan

I've installed CrashPlan for a lot of my family, and given some of them USB flash drives for local backup, which works pretty well, but I also want to setup a long-term off-site backup, for which I ...
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What hard drive connector is this?

I have an ancient hard drive from an old HP laptop. I haven't looked at it in years. But now I want to get the old data off that hard drive. I have been to all of my local electronics shops but none ...
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BD-R XL vs External HDD for storage of data of long life span?

BD-R XL vs External HDD for storage of data of long life span? What I am considering in this question are two options: BD-R XL (e.g. Verbatim BD-R XL, 4x, 100GB, 5 ks, jewel, printable), cost 75,-...
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Why is there such a price difference between two seemingly identical drives [closed]

What's the difference between Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB5000100) and 5TB USB 3.0 3,5 Seagate Expansion Desktop, STEB5000200 ? The first is 50 % price of the ...
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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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Can I use an external HD with OS X as an internal boot disc? [closed]

I installed OS X 10.12 on an external drive. I'd like to now swap the internal drive with the external drive. Will this work? --- UPDATE Thanks. for anyone else who is interested. OS X installed on ...
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Advice on a HDD/SDCard docking station

I am looking for a docking station that allows me to easily plugin a IDE or SATA HDD and a SD card. It would be handy if it also allows to "clone/duplicate" between hard disks as I have a few faulty ...
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Recommendation Between HDD and SSD for Web Server [closed]

As the new I.T. guy, the managment ask me for buying an new server for the core proccess application. This is a web application, "hand made" for a courrier enterprise. As many standart web app, uses ...
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Urgently choosing SDD - need advice! [closed]

I need to urgently choose an external hard drive. I need IT to run windows 10 on my iMac, since virtual machines shows too low performance in my case. I think I need an SSD, since its data transfer ...
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I7 Build I am conflicted [closed]

I am looking for some recommendations for my new I7 Build. What I use it for Day to day business work Applications open at once Adobe Illustator Firefox (11 Tabs) Chrome (5-10 Windows / 10-20 Tabs ...
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FreeNas Support Hareware And Software [closed]

I need to setup FreeNas Server, So I follw this freenas setup and collect all the Hardware Details, What They Used: Motherboard BOXDQ45EK LGA 775 Processor Pentium E2160 ...
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External Bootable C:\ Drive for Windows [closed]

I need to be able to test software on different Windows OS and I'm not able to use Virtual Machines. Currently, I clone drives and plug them into a SATA cable inside the PC case. The cloned drives ...
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Replace Hard Drive for an SSD - Suggestion?

I have a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012), and I'd like to speed up my computer. To do this, I'd like to change my Hard Drive for an SSD (with approximately 500 GB memory). I thought buying an SSD PCI ...
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Replace Hard Drive for an SSD - Suggestion? [closed]

I have a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012), and I'd like to speed up my computer. To do this, I'd like to change my Hard Drive for an SSD (with approximately 500 GB memory). I thought buying an SSD PCI ...
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What's a good replacement for a D-Link DNS-320 ShareCenter?

The D-Link product is no longer manufactured. I'm aware of software products such as NAS4Free; I'd rather have a complete solution that doesn't involve acquiring more than one product. Raid 1; ability ...
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How to connect IDE HDD to motherboard with only SATA?

I have a pretty old HDD with IDE cables, and a relatively new motherboard (ASRock 970 extreme4) with only SATA inputs. Is there an adapter or device that will allow me to connect the old IDE HDD ...
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External HDD or SSD for booting operating system from

I boot operating systems like Windows 10, Xubuntu and Remix OS from USB storage. I bought myself a USB 3 flash drive and thought "Hey, this can do 100 MB/s, it must be awesome for booting an OS from."...