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Unread 03-15-2011, 11:56 AM   #1
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My Main PC Hard Disk Drive is dead. Blah!

I feeling too sick to see my HDD dead. My stuff like musics, movies, and pictures are gone. But thanks to my PS3 and notebook save some of my stuff.

I looking for replacement my dead Seagate 250GB to something like 320GB or higher, what's HDD brand good for overall?
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Unread 03-15-2011, 01:48 PM   #2
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IDE or SATA?
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Unread 03-15-2011, 01:58 PM   #3
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ide or sata?
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Unread 03-15-2011, 03:40 PM   #5
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Western Digital for desktops.

Check Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, HDTV, Electronics and Cameras! for deals.
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Maybe, you might need a hard disk adapter to see if your computer able to transfer them into a new hard disk if lucky as last resort. Here is the link: NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter .


Another suggestion, look up on search engine for "recovery hard disk software" and "recovery dead hard disk service".
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Unread 03-15-2011, 04:33 PM   #7
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Western Digital. period.
Agreed 100%

@Josh B - mate, you will need to get an external hard drive for your own sake, when you buy a new internal hard drive, get an external one as well. This is for your back up purposes. It is highly recommended you only store important documents and espeically photos into your external hard drive than your internal. This prevents from losing - it is a more less likely of a risk.
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Agreed 100%

@Josh B - mate, you will need to get an external hard drive for your own sake, when you buy a new internal hard drive, get an external one as well. This is for your back up purposes. It is highly recommended you only store important documents and espeically photos into your external hard drive than your internal. This prevents from losing - it is a more less likely of a risk.
Absolutely !! I use an external drive for storage purposes, and I am SO *thankful* that I have it. I don't have a care in the world now -- if my laptop should fry or something -- I will have lost nothing. With thousands of graphic and web design files, I cannot afford to lose stuff! I made that mistake once years ago, never again.
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Absolutely !! I use an external drive for storage purposes, and I am SO *thankful* that I have it. I don't have a care in the world now -- if my laptop should fry or something -- I will have lost nothing. With thousands of graphic and web design files, I cannot afford to lose stuff! I made that mistake once years ago, never again.
Excatly - you lose nothing.
External hard drives are the best thing.
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I have heard that external hard drives don't last as long as internal hard drives.

Why? They are not as well cooled off by fans as internal hard drives. And also they are subject to hard use by being moved (accidentally dropped etc).
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I have heard that external hard drives don't last as long as internal hard drives.

Why? They are not as well cooled off by fans as internal hard drives. And also they are subject to hard use by being moved (accidentally dropped etc).
Well that is true.
but if you look after it carefully.
I have a 4 year old Western Digital 750GB hard drive, and it is running great today.
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Unread 03-15-2011, 05:39 PM   #12
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or... if you hate the hassle w/ multiple HDD backups... get Amazon S3
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I have heard that external hard drives don't last as long as internal hard drives.

Why? They are not as well cooled off by fans as internal hard drives. And also they are subject to hard use by being moved (accidentally dropped eyc).
I don't even have mine plugged in when I'm not using it. Its usb-based, so I stick it in the usb port when needed. Like I said, I use it for storage only. So it stays plenty cool.
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I have heard that external hard drives don't last as long as internal hard drives.

Why? They are not as well cooled off by fans as internal hard drives. And also they are subject to hard use by being moved (accidentally dropped etc).
you can get your own external hdd case that satisfies you. and in case of emergency (fire, flood, etc.)..... you can just grab your external hdd with you.
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I don't even have mine plugged in when I'm not using it. Its usb-based, so I stick it in the usb port when needed. Like I said, I use it for storage only. So it stays plenty cool.
Like this, there is plenty of ways to take care of it.
Alleycat's way is a good way to keep it cool.
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if Amazon S3 is too complicated for you... get a Dropbox...

Dropbox uses Amazon S3 and profits from it. But Amazon S3 is pretty simple and it's much cheaper.
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Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)

Interesting.......................
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Well that is true.
but if you look after it carefully.
I have a 4 year old Western Digital 750GB hard drive, and it is running great today.
I think that's exactly what I have. I know its western digital, not sure on GB space since I'm not near my laptop at the moment. But you just can't beat this for peace of mind. Especially when its not expensive!
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Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)

Interesting.......................
the world most reliable and trustworthy server farm. hackers especially 4chan have tried to hack it as a retaliation for Amazon's removal of WikiLeaks and failed... to be exact - an EPIC FAIL!

Amazon's servers are so powerful and abundant that it's basically impossible to DoS it since it's designed to handle huge spike with ease during major sale events.
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I think that's exactly what I have. I know its western digital, not sure on GB space since I'm not near my laptop at the moment. But you just can't beat this for peace of mind. Especially when its not expensive!
I have taken a photo of mine, I have it at work at the moment. Please excuse my sticky notes on it.

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Which one is WD I get, Caviar Black or Caviar Blue?

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Maybe, you might need a hard disk adapter to see if your computer able to transfer them into a new hard disk if lucky as last resort. Here is the link: NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter .


Another suggestion, look up on search engine for "recovery hard disk software" and "recovery dead hard disk service".
Thanks, man. I look up your link, I hope I find something on old HDD.

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Agreed 100%

@Josh B - mate, you will need to get an external hard drive for your own sake, when you buy a new internal hard drive, get an external one as well. This is for your back up purposes. It is highly recommended you only store important documents and espeically photos into your external hard drive than your internal. This prevents from losing - it is a more less likely of a risk.
I know, I know, I wished I got external HDD before that damn happen.

Last question, Do I must to buy Windows 7? My Windows XP CD is hmm.. old.
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Which one is WD I get, Caviar Black or Caviar Blue?



Thanks, man. I look up your link, I hope I find something on old HDD.



I know, I know, I wished I got external HDD before that damn happen.

Last question, Do I must to buy Windows 7? My Windows XP CD is hmm.. old.
It is time for you to upgrade to Windows 7 after all. Since Windows XP is out-dated.

Doesn't matter what kind of WD, just it is good brand for these external hard drive.
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It is time for you to upgrade to Windows 7 after all. Since Windows XP is out-dated.

Doesn't matter what kind of WD, just it is good brand for these external hard drive.

Umm, I wonder Window 7 Ultimate overkill than Home edition..
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Umm, I wonder Window 7 Ultimate overkill than Home edition..
It doesn't make any difference really.
I am on Windows 7 Enterprise at work.

At home, I run home edition based Windows 7 - only that the professional and ulitmate level has little features added as an bonus which the home edition doesn't have - for i.e advanced networking for example.
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I already order Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB from Newegg in 5 mins ago. That's my first time to own 500+GB or above.
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Unread 03-15-2011, 11:29 PM   #26
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Cool. Hard drives are getting big and the prices are not going way up. I used 80GB drives for a while, but my current computer has a 500GB hard drive and another internal hard drive that I forget its size.
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Newegg.com - Western Digital WDH2NC20000N 2TB My Book World Edition II Dual-drive Network Storage

The dual HDD with RAID 1 is better than single HDD.

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Cool. Hard drives are getting big and the prices are not going way up. I used 80GB drives for a while, but my current computer has a 500GB hard drive and another internal hard drive that I forget its size.
my laptop has 640GB and still got plenty left plus it runs two operating systems.
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Unread 03-16-2011, 08:33 AM   #29
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Got that from the system profile on Mac OS X. No idea if Fujitsu is good. It's OEM HDD that came with the Mac Mini 2009.
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Yes, that what I have at home, using Raid 1. On my previous desktop while back, I have Raid 1 on it and one day one HD died, but my system still running without any interuption. So I brought another one and pop it back in.. and the secondary drive start to re-mirror to the new drive.
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