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Windows 7: Hard Drive Replacement for PC

01 Mar 2015   #1
dazzlenet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Hard Drive Replacement for PC

I have to buy a new hard drive for my desk top. The one that was in it was a Seagate Barracuda 3.5" 7200.12 1TB ST31000524AS. I broke the plastic on it where the power or data cord plugs in, so it won't work now.

I want to replace it with a 2 Seagate Hard drives, a 1TB & a 2TB so I can back up on one. My motherboard is a MSI A75MA-G55 & I know it will accommodate more than one hard drive, possibly more than 2, I'm just not sure how to install them in sequence. Would I be better off to buy a 2TB hard drive & and external drive for backups?

How important is the rest of the info on the hard drive, such as Site Code, Firmware, etc. I want to make sure that I get the right replacements that are compatible.

Also, I hope to be able to install Windows 7 & I have an ISO file that I put on a flash drive. Not sure how to install Win 7 on a new hard drive b/c I have no idea how it will find the other info on my computer.

Older data regarding my PC (current updates not showing, etc.) can be found here: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/Q...2IIVHBanlZexZN

How important are the #'s on a hard drive when buying 2, possible a 2TB & a 1TB, or maybe 3 to put my operating system on a separate hard drive.

I don't see how a clean installation on Windows 7 will find all the items in my device manager....can't see how this works with a new install. So, after installing new hard drives (1-3) &/or an external drive for backups, I don't know where to go from there.

Just need to get the hard drives ordered - and make sure they are compatible with one another since I am not sure what all the #'s mean, such as firmware. etc. I had a recommendation to purchase a 2.5" SSD, but the price was outrageous. I am trying to get buy spending the least amount I can as I only use my computer for emails, selling online, and storing photos.


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01 Mar 2015   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

You would be better off getting one HDD to put in your computer and an external one for your backups (actually two external HDDs for backups would be much better since even a backup HDD can fail without warning but only one is better than none). The external HDDs should be connected to your computer only when updating the backups; they should not be permanently connected.

Using an internal HDD for backups is a bad idea because the same thing that can cause data to be lost on the main drive can also take out the data on an internal backup drive.

If you can swing it, I prefer using the Western Digital (WD) Blacks for internal drives. WD has a better reputation than Seagate for drive reliability and customer service. I've had only six Seagates; two died within a year and a third, a SSHD, was a disappointment performancewise. Of the 23 WD drives I've had, only two have failed; one other one arrived DOA (which could have been caused by rough handling in shipment), which the vendor promptly replaced and now is humming away in my machine happy as a kitten under a leaky cow.

If you are going to run your OS and programs on a HDD, I wouldn't get a third one; you can just put them on a partition on your one internal HDD separate from a data partition. The only way I would recommend a separate drive for the OS and programs is if you were going to upgrade to an SSD. An SSD will give you lightning fast boot times and program access and is an upgrade that will give you more bang for your buck than any other upgrade you can do.

If you decide to go with a WD Black for the internal drive, a good 1TB would be the WD1003FZEX. For 2TB, the WD2003FZEX.

If the price of a WD Black is a bit too steep for you, the 1TB Blue—WD10EZEX—is a good substitute. Unfortunately, WD doesn't make a 2TB Blue.

There are a variety of external drives available but they tend to be lower quality than internal drives. I like to use the WD Greens for my backup drives, plugging them into a dock built into the front of my computer. You can either use an external dock to plug them into or put each one into its own enclosure. I personally would prefer the dock, especially because of the large number of backup drives I have (12) but enclosures would make handling the drives easier.

Good numbers for 1TB Greens would be WD10EZRX and for 2TB, WD20EZRX.

If you would prefer to get one or two external drives, the 1TB WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN and the 2 TB WDBMWV0020BBK-NESN are fairly good ones. If you go with one of these, I especially recommend getting two since they are not as good quality.
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01 Mar 2015   #3
dazzlenet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you so much for all the info. My question about SSD's are the cost. Aren't they very expensive, & if so, are they worth the purchase? If I did decide on a SSD, please recommend what I would need, such as another internal HDD along with an external hard drive for backups that you recommended? Also, if you viewed the specs on my computer, do you think it is worth adding more ram? The computer was custom built for a guy & he had it a year before I got it for $300 b/c he needed the $ desperately. I know it was a steal, which is why I don't mind spending more on it. It did come with a 24" screen that lasted a couple of years, & I replaced it with a 27" screen. I am happy with it, but I somehow deleted my partitions & took the hard drive out at the suggestion of someone else, which is when I broke where it connects to a cable. THANKS!!
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01 Mar 2015   #4
dazzlenet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Oh, one more thing. I used WD's in a sawmill office (LOTS of DUST, etc.) & only had one fail in 6 years, & it was on a computer that I took home. We had surge protectors & voltage regulators, etc. for the ones in the office, & the one at home didn't, so I think that is what happened to it. I have had a couple of Seagates a long time ago & updated computers before any of them went out. I am fine with the WD's.

At this point I only use my computer for selling online, saving photos, & some documents. No bookkeeping that I HAVE to backup as I once did on the old tape backups. I just don't want to lose any more photos. I did manage to save them this time, but last time the same computer crashed, I lost all my photos & documents.

Do you think these are good deals?

Western Digital Black WD2003FZEX Hard Drive 2 TB SATA 6GB S | eBay

WD Internal Hard Drive WD1003FZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache | eBay

I am assuming this one is cheap b/c it won't hold up??

WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6 0Gb s 3 5" Internal Brand New 718037779911 | eBay

Thanks for all your help. I borrowed 2 laptops I am using now & need to get my PC fixed so I can return these. One has WIN 7 which I love. The other is WIN 8 & I have spent more time learning to use it & navigate around that I loathe it! Hope WIN 10 is more like WIN 7!!!
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01 Mar 2015   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

You should have plenty of RAM unless you do a lot of photo and video editing (and I mean on a large scale professional level).

SSDs used to be outrageously expensive but they have come down quite a bit in price. I used to recommend the Samsungs but they have been having some problems lately. Even though, if I were in the market for another one right now, I would still buy one, I don't recommend them right now for people who are new to them. The Crucial MX100 series have an excellent reputation so those would probably be a good choice for you. For your use, the 128GB version would be large enough for your needs. NewEgg lists one here for $70.

Since you broke your HDD, you will need to do a clean install of your OS and programs. If you are not familiar with how to do that, I suggest that you start a new thread asking for help with that. We have plenty of people here who will be better able to help you with that than I am.

The WD Blues are good drives. The big difference between them and the Blacks are they have only a two year warranty. The reason the one in the fleabay listing is so low is to attract more opening bidders, then hope they get "auction fever" just before the bid closes. I've seen drives listed as dead, being sold for parts only, go for nearly new prices by the time the bidding dust settles.

I do not recommend buying drives from eBay (or, as it is also known, evil bay or, my favorite, flea bay). While the drives you linked seem like good prices, just before the bids close, a bidding war will ensue and the prices will skyrocket. Also, some eBay vendors have been known to pretty dodgy. and can create a mess you do not want to deal with. I suggest getting your drives from NewEgg or Amazon. NewEgg has better extended warranties (if you want to shell out for one) for drives with less than a five year warranty (such as the Greens or the Blues) and now does a better job of packaging drives for shipping but you have to pay for return shipping if one arrives DOA (dead on arrival). Amazon will pay for return shipping but has a nasty habit of getting stock from one of its Marketplace vendors if their own stocks run out and some of those vendors are dodgy. Whoever you order from, be sure the drive you order is filled and shipped directly from Amazon or NewEgg, not a Marketplace vendor.
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02 Mar 2015   #6
dazzlenet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

[QUOTE=Lady Fitzgerald;3014939]You should have plenty of RAM unless you do a lot of photo and video editing (and I mean on a large scale professional level).

The Crucial MX100 series have an excellent reputation so those would probably be a good choice for you. For your use, the 128GB version would be large enough for your needs.

I am a bit confused. Are you saying that I should purchase either the WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive or the WD BLACK SERIES WD1003FZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive and the Crucial MX100 CT128MX100SSD1 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) in order to run Windows 7 and edit photos?

DOES THIS REQUIRE A BRACKET IN ORDER TO INSTALL?
Crucial MX100 CT128MX100SSD1 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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02 Mar 2015   #7
dazzlenet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Backup To External Hard Drive?

Someone on another forum suggested that I purchase these:

Crucial M550 128GB SATA 2.5" 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT128M550SSD1 & use it only for Windows so that not only does my computer boot up faster but also so that Windows is protected from data corruption.

WD - Blue 1TB Internal SATA Hard Drive for Desktops (OEM/Bare Drive) - Blue to back up important data to.

1TB SATA HARD DRIVE (Any brand) to save data to.

I think the person misunderstood my post and thought I could still use the Seagate Hard Drive that I broke.

Do you suggest I purchase the following:

Crucial MX100 128GB for Windows

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Two (2) of the WD BLACK SERIES WD1003FZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives for data?

I had no idea that Windows 7 will install on a 128GB drive, but maybe I will have to install it differently than I ever have previously (?). Also, when purchasing the SSD, I will need to purchase a bracket for it to fit into my desktop, correct?
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02 Mar 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I recommend getting a Samsung SSD.

SSD 850 EVO 2.5" SATA III 120GB | Samsung Solid State Drives

SSD 850 EVO 2.5" SATA III 250GB | Samsung Solid State Drives

samsung 850 EVO 120 GB - Best Buy

Samsung 850 EVO 250GB Internal Serial ATA Solid State Drive for Laptops Black MZ-75E250B - Best Buy

You don`t necessarily need a Black series Western Digital, blues are fine. Get the largest you can afford. Just make sure it`s 6 Gbps.

Just to clarify: You install windows and your programs on the ssd and you use the WD for storage.


"I don't see how a clean installation on Windows 7 will find all the items in my device manager....can't see how this works with a new install."

Don`t get too hung up on this, windows has 99% if not 100% of the drivers you need 99% of the time, worry about other drivers after you install windows.

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02 Mar 2015   #9
dazzlenet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you very much for helping me. I just want to get the correct drives ordered today & get my desk top running again! And, I want my backups on a separate drive this time.
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02 Mar 2015   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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