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Windows 7: Upgrade to SSD on Lenovo G500 laptop

27 Mar 2014   #71
gregrocker

 

The good ones are priced not much less than a good external HD, so might as well buy one of those.

What about this one vs. the Inatech? Amazon.com: Sabrent USB 3.0 To 2.5-Inch Sata Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure Case (for 9.5mm, 12.5mm 2.5-Inch SATA-I, SATA-II, SATA-III HDD and SSD) Black (EC-TB4P): Electronics
Weight: 8 ounces Size (LWH): 7.75 inches, 6.25 inches, 2 inches

vs.

Amazon.com: [Optimized For SSD, Support UASP SATA III] Inateck 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 Hard Drive Disk HDD External Enclosure Case with usb 3.0 Cable for 9.5mm 7mm 2.5" SATA HDD and SSD, Tool-free HDD Installation, Compatible With Windows 2000/ XP /Vista/ 7.
Weight 6.4 ounces Product Dimensions 6.1 x 4.1 x 2 inches

I like the smaller size.


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27 Mar 2014   #72
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Regardless what you buy, you always take chances with that cheap stuff. But at least Amazon is easy for RMAs.
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31 Mar 2014   #73
gregrocker

 

The SSD arrived in a silvery anti-static bag. I removed it and replaced the 1tb Seagate HD into the bag. I notice that it is somewhat metallic and according to Wikipedia "slightly conductive. So what keeps it from passing a charge to the exposed circuitry on the hard drive?

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To create the anti-static effect, the black or silver bags are slightly conductive, forming a Faraday cage around the item to be protected and preventing any localized charges from being deposited onto the protected devices as the bags are handled. The pink or green bags are made of low-charging material that will not create harmful charges, but that does not protect the item from electric fields.[1] It is important that the bags only be opened at static-free workstations[cit
The reason I ask is that this could account for the hard drive not being read in the enclosure.

Then again there's no current flowing anywhere, and an anti-static bag by definition shouldn't generate a spark, right? Does that cover all the risks. I wish I would have left it on a table.
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31 Mar 2014   #74
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

The anti-static bag is conductive on the outside so stray static or other charge will pass around whatever is inside without damage, like the Faraday cage in the Wiki article. The principle acts in reverse with a microwave oven, keeping the charge and radiation inside the "cage".

I would more suspect the first enclosure was bad.
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01 Apr 2014   #75
gregrocker

 

New enclosure is great but still no ability to assign drive letters to the old 1tb HD: GPT HD won't assign letters in Ext enclosure - Windows 7 Help Forums
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01 Apr 2014   #76
gregrocker

 

Solved with latest PW Home Edition v.8 which will apply successfully the drive letters to External. I don't use Home Edition (required for drive letter support) enough to notice it was v.7.

Thanks, guys. This enclosure is solid, slide-open easy, compact.
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02 Apr 2014   #77
Torah Lishmah

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Regardless what you buy, you always take chances with that cheap stuff. But at least Amazon is easy for RMAs.
I bought a factory refurbished 1TB Seagate Barracuda SATA HDD from them a little over two years ago for about $40.00 [with a coupon code] and it hasn't had a single hiccup. I always buy Seagate drives, and haven't had a bad one yet, and I'm talking about close to a hundred of them [for customers]. It has always puzzled me how others can get 2 or 3 bad drives in a row. I just can't comprehend that. What could they possibly be doing wrong....rough handling?
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02 Apr 2014   #78
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I think a lot of 'bad hard drives' are caused by UPS. I think they use the boxes for football practice. I have a fence around my house. I once saw the ups guy throw a box of 2 2 TB Seagate drives over the gate. I was surprised they still worked, but it shows the handling the boxes get from the shippers.
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02 Apr 2014   #79
Torah Lishmah

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
I think a lot of 'bad hard drives' are caused by UPS. I think they use the boxes for football practice. I have a fence around my house. I once saw the ups guy throw a box of 2 2 TB Seagate drives over the gate. I was surprised they still worked, but it shows the handling the boxes get from the shippers.
Good point, your probably right. I would have been livid seeing my HDD's tossed around like that. I might have had to toss the UPS driver around a bit.
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02 Apr 2014   #80
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

From a random Seagate spec sheet, HDDs can withstand 300 Gs of shock, non-operating, no more than 2x a second and still operate fine.
To imagine how much that is, Kyle Petty in a 2003 NASCAR wreck has the largest recorded G-force at that time of about 80Gs. USATODAY.com - Petty's Bristol crash hardest recorded by NASCAR black box
In 2010 Elliot Sadler had the highest ever recorded G-force in a wreck, but they never released the G number. HE hit a solid dirt wall which knocked the engine out of the car.
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