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Old 03-01-2014, 12:06:28 AM
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For $150.00 or less, who is making the best( most reliable) hard drives?
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:19:22 AM
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Default Re: Best hard drive

Go with the Solid State drive. You can get some huge ~3 terrabyte drives for $150 or less. I saw a 1tb unit for $89 somewhere. Although with the newer 7000 rpm disc drives they are plenty fast and very cheap now.

*Note that if you're running an XP machine, XP might have a problem supporting anything larger than 1 tb. This does depend on your particular machine though.
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I haven't seen any ss drives much beyond 225G. I'm looking for another 1T drive for a later model intel quad core machine.

Unfortunately, not the latest iteration, but when used for my usual regimen, it has worked fairly well.

IRC, a ss drive of that capacity will be above that figure.
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Old 03-02-2014, 11:48:18 PM
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I use Western Digital for spinning-disk drives. Had a really bad run of Seagates a few years ago, Barracuda 7200 RPM models. Three failed with bad spindle bearings, the second two being replacement for the original failed disk. I disassembled the final failure since I didn't plan on returning it, bearings were seized so tightly that I could only turn the platters with channel lock pliers.

For SSDs, just go with a good brand. I like Intel, Kingston and Samsung. Installing an SSD in an older machine will get you a few more years out of it, it feels like a brand-new machine a lot of the time. If you're using Windows XP, make sure to install the drivers that come with the SSD or it'll wear out prematurely.
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Very few reasons to not go with a SSD now days, capacity and cost are the only two that are usually brought up.

My gaming PC with a SSD can go from Power on to surfing the Net in something like 12 seconds and Shut down in less than 5 seconds. Programs open the instant you click on them too and are ready to go!

I still use spinning drives for back ups. Some are always powered and connected and some are stored in bubble wrap and boxed away.

For brand of SSD I usually go to NewEgg.com and just read all the user reviews and judge the quality off of that. Think my newest one is a samsung.

Believe this is my first post also, just got home with my first engine! A Sattley 1 1/2 or 1 3/4 HP
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high capacity SSD is very expensive. Can't do it.

One recent web article claiming Hitachi has the lowest failure rate in standard spinning drives. Enterprise style?


Not sure what that means.

I use the laptop for most web surfing, hours at a time & it's been doing very well, 5 years so far, but Fs up once in a while, but I don't think any of that is related to the HD.

Probably need a clean install of windows.


The desktop is where all the heavy lifting is done...photo files starting @ 20MB before adjustments, final file size with all the fixins is abou 85MB per shot. Then a little video work with files in the gigabyte range.

I run this machine for about 5 hours a day when this stuff needs to be done, otherwise, it's off for a week at a time or longer.
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I use Western Digital for spinning-disk drives. Had a really bad run of Seagates a few years ago, Barracuda 7200 RPM models. Three failed with bad spindle bearings, the second two being replacement for the original failed disk. I disassembled the final failure since I didn't plan on returning it, bearings were seized so tightly that I could only turn the platters with channel lock pliers.

For SSDs, just go with a good brand. I like Intel, Kingston and Samsung. Installing an SSD in an older machine will get you a few more years out of it, it feels like a brand-new machine a lot of the time. If you're using Windows XP, make sure to install the drivers that come with the SSD or it'll wear out prematurely.
you're absolutely correct, I never bought any Seagates, too much bad news on the forums.
I buy used drives off ebay. Mostly WDC, Hitachi, the good drives have fluid bearings, no more ball bearings. They have all been lasting a long time.

https://www.hgst.com/sites/default/f...aper_FINAL.pdf

I like to buy bigger drives, and highest speeds I can afford. Some drives are advertised low usage for archiving.
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To guarantee I wipe the hard drive clean of EVERYTHING, I like to zero the drive and format it with self booting formatting software that comes from the hard disk manufacturer. That way there is no chance some virus or something that has infected windows can survive. This is because the the disk boots to a known clean OS ( which is typically a variation of DOS). I know this type software exists for Maxtor Brand Drives, it's called MaxBlast, typically versions 3,4,5. I run Maxtor disks and use Maxblast.

Don't know if Maxblast will format another manufacter's drive. Think I "fooled" it by also putting a Maxtor drive on the computer so software will not refuse to work. I forget the details, have to play with it.
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So far the hard drive swap i did on a dell was a flop.
I got another Dell and it works ok but only has explorer 8 on it and ebay does not support it and it wont work. The main thing I need the second computer for.

What I am wondering is if I could get someone to send me a cd copy of Fire Fox and I can load that on it and use it that way.
I like it on this machine,seems to work well. But I don't know the file size and on dial up it could take a long time to download.
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I was given a Dell over the weekend that was functioning but the family upgraded. The wife insisted on keeping the hard drive for fear of her personal info getting out. Which she knew I had no way of getting it out but someone else could if they got a chance..
So I have a case without a hard drive. Please forgive my ignorance, but the "windows" program is on the hard drive right?
So if I get a hard drive and install it, I need to have a operating system to put on it. If I want to use something besides Uncle Bill's program, how can I get it besides the internet? I have dial up. I have thought about trying Red hat or something else.
And this machine would be good to try that with as i have no money in it and could use a good machine.
Speed is not that imperative or I would not be on dial up.
It would be nice to get all the program I need on a cd or flashdrive so i can upload it into the machine myself.
Dont have alot of experience at some of this stuff.
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I had forgot about this thread.
I just bought a western digital 250 gig hard drive for my Dell 4700 I think it is,and i am having trouble.
I put the factory restore disc that came with the computer in it to try to reload the operating system of XP. The disc was unopened until I tore the plastic.
The computer had a 160 gig hard drive when it was new. I am told I screwed up buying a larger hard drive.
First I got a error message saying the hard drive was not compatible,then the second message saying a system 32 file was corrupt or missing.
Then when I tried to restart the computer the cooling fan was really loud and then after a while I tried again and blue screen. Then after a while, I got it come up again giving the system 32 file corrupt or missing.

How can a file get corrupt or missing on a disc and it in perfect shape and never opened? The hard drive was used but said to be good by the ebay seller and had been formatted on a windows 10 system.
I aint out of but 14 bucks if I can't get the computer working but I really need another older computer for the radio room as I call it where i used to do my ebaying and other type stuff.
All the stuff I want to sell is in there and it is aggravating making out list and coming to the house and trying to do it all like that.
I just thought I could do this on my own. Having a college degree from 27 years ago in electronics is not helping me much. I feel kinda dumb and would like to work this out myself if I could
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Old 01-13-2016, 12:43:57 AM
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Did you configure drive in bios before you started?

Which system 32 file is corrupt or missing? I've still got several XP machines (both home and pro) and I could probably zip it up and put it on my gdrive for you to download.

I personally love Western Digital drives. I've been using them since Windows 3.1 days and never had a failure with one, but have with virtually every other major brand. Maybe I'm just lucky...
One "feature" I did discover about WD drives though: when multiple drives are connected on same interface WD insists upon being a master! Perhaps no longer a problem with SATA drives, but a hard and fast rule for IDE.
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1. That P4 machine came with SATA drive, so no worry who is on first.
2. With SATA, you should not have to configure anything.
3. Not enough memory - memory is obsolete, so should be very cheap - 4 gigs would be nice.
4. You should format with your operating system. You want to wipe everything, including recovery partition and set up new C and D partitions. XP will use D for system restore. Then install OS.
If you have WD disc, you can use that. Let it check drive to make sure it is good and does not have too many bad sectors. When you install os, you get a choice to quick format or full format. I always choose full format.
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Check xp install disk for scratches/dirt.

--In my opinion western digital is junk!!!!!!!!!
Maybe 10 years ago ago I bought a new 80 gig drive, in about < 4-6 months it started the click click click thing on start up. the heads clicked as they hit the stops,( heads could not find the sync tracks). Drive would not boot.
I looked on line , seems every one else had trouble with WD 80 gig drives too.
So I haven't bought or trusted WD with my data since then

--For rotating disks Maxtor was best, though they got bought out by seagate, Seagate was a good name too.

-- Don't think it affects your small 250 gig disk, but one issue with Xp is they have a max drive size limit, it's somewhere around ~450 gig I think. Unless your motherboard or drive controller daughterboard has a newer bios you have to load some bigdrive enable files and set them up. Look up xp and big drives.

Xp can use fat 32 I think , but wants to use the newer file format, ntfs. When I set up xp on computers , I first wipe the old drive using low level formater Max Blast ~ vert 4 by Maxtor (it self boots to dos like os) and for speed I let it format the drive. Then I put in the Xp OS disk an let it run install. If you have drivers like for a daughter card IDE like Promise the install gives you prompts to hit keys to install a floppy so it can read the drivers for it.

One possible solution is run XP off a small drive, and keep your data on a USB hard drive. I'm told the USB type has a built in controller that has the moderm BIOS you you don't loose files because of the drive limit of ~ 450 gig of XP , when you don't load big drive enable files , there are ~ 3 of them, and you have to turn at least one of them one in side xp.

Sorry about sloppy typing.....it's late


---maxblast ~ver 3 or 4 can cloning drives. I forget if it can clone a OS boot drive. When I tried to clone an XP drive with antivirus, think I got the blue screen of death, So seems the anti-virus has copy protection. I think without the antivirus installed on original drive the clone worked.

Anyways now I alway zero the drive (low level formate) to remove any possible viruses , then install XP off the install disk.

--If your getting errors, maybe try a different cd drive or GENTALLY clean the disk. I wash my CD with soap and water if it's dirty. Don't scratch it.

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