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Windows 7: Seagate stopping production of 7,200rpm laptop hard drives...

14 Mar 2013   #31
Pentaxian

Win. 7 Pro 64
 
 

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I'll still stick with my W.D. 10,000 rpm drives I'm running 3 and 2 1tb drives. Time to get another for my photography backups.
You don't have much of a choice if you want lots of storage and lots of speed. Not unless you are Bill Gates with lots of money to burn. I hope you have lots of cooling as I bet those babies get hot.
I'm running this case and it warms my room quit well..lol




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14 Mar 2013   #32
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

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Hi there
decent cheap(ish) SSD drives are available now with affordable prices for the 256GB models. 512 GB Models are available (but still relatively expensive).

The day of the spinner for home use is rapidly coming to an end -- for commercial servers etc high end SCSI disks will still be available for a long time yet - but expect to see the writing on the wall for small 2.5 inch laptop spinners -- BTW with a SATA==>USB adapter these old laptop disks make very good "Backup devices" or things like Music / Photo / video backups and you will soon be able to pickup 320 GBP one's for around 20- 30 USD !!!. 500GB and even 1 TB disks of this size and format are available as well cheaply.

I'm using a 320GB old laptop disk split into two partitions -- small one for an OS and a 2nd one for two Virtual Machines. I run (I know it's a W7 Forum but it's a USEFUL TOOL) a Windows 8 to Go system on the disk plus I have two virtual machines.

I plug the Disk with the SATA==>USB cable into a USB3 port on the laptop --even though the cable is a USB 2 one the disk performs better on the USB 3 port. I'll swap the USB cable for a SATA==>USB3 cable which will improve performance more - even when you plug a USB 3 device into a USB 2 port.

The Windows to go is a fully functioning WINDOWS 8 system that runs directly from the HDD even if there's no functioning disk in the computer it's being booted from. It's NOT an INSTALL or RECOVERY system. You can with a bit of work make a similar W7 system but it's not for the faint hearted.

The other way people made portable OS'es was to create a VHD and mount and boot the VHD (Virtual Hard Drive) but this generally needed at least a Boot drive on the computer. The Windows to Go type of system doesn't require this - and if hardware drivers are needed then at boot it just finds and downloads from the web --very useful tool too.

The SSD's I'm using are the SAMSUNG 830's --excellent SSD's all round.

On Acer Aspire V105 11 inch laptop with the i3 processor (so not the most powerful processor) the WEI for the SSD is 8.9 (it's running W8 and on W8 the WEI scale is 1.0 to 9.9) so a VERY creditable score for that laptop.

That same SSD would yield well over 9.0 if fitted on to some more top end gear.

Processor and memory probably slow down the WEI a little --you can never test things in isolation -- but I'm VERY happy with the performance gain the laptop has by swapping the slowish spinner for an SSD.


Cheers
jimbo
I'm going with a 128 gig because that is all I need for my OS drive. The plan is to eventually also get a 256 SSD as a second drive for DATA. That's all I personally need for storage on my laptop. I'll then put the 750 GB spinner that's in it in an external enclosure. Having my DATA on a second drive makes it easy to do reinstalls without worrying about loosing it. If my laptop only had the one bay I would have just gotten a bigger SSD and then partition it.
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14 Mar 2013   #33
indianacarnie

 

What I did. Was/am lucky enough to have two drive bays in my Lappy. And you're right about the kit I guess, always nice to have that usb to sata adapter ! Use the one I have only occasionally but when I DO need it....... woohoo is it handy!
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14 Mar 2013   #34
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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...with a SATA==>USB adapter these old laptop disks make very good "Backup devices"...
That's almost exactly what I'm going to do with a couple of 160GB WD Blues I salvaged from a couple of dead netbooks (plus one more I bought). I'm going to use them to backup the boot drive (128 GB Samsung 840 Pro) in the machine I'm building. The case has a built in 2.5" hot swap bay.
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14 Mar 2013   #35
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
What I did. Was/am lucky enough to have two drive bays in my Lappy. And you're right about the kit I guess, always nice to have that usb to sata adapter ! Use the one I have only occasionally but when I DO need it....... woohoo is it handy!
I bought one of these to recover some files off of an IDE laptop drive.
Newegg.ca - Rosewill RCW-608 USB2.0 Adapter For IDE/SATA Device (Include Protection case)
I'm sure it will come in handy again for rescuing files from a dead PC or laptop.
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14 Mar 2013   #36
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
What I did. Was/am lucky enough to have two drive bays in my Lappy. And you're right about the kit I guess, always nice to have that usb to sata adapter ! Use the one I have only occasionally but when I DO need it....... woohoo is it handy!
I bought one of these to recover some files off of an IDE laptop drive.
Newegg.ca - Rosewill RCW-608 USB2.0 Adapter For IDE/SATA Device (Include Protection case)
I'm sure it will come in handy again for rescuing files from a dead PC or laptop.
I have two of these cute little docks for my notebook. I keep one in my desk drawer and the other in the notebook bag.



I also got one of these to use until I can get the swap bays in my new machine up and running.

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14 Mar 2013   #37
indianacarnie

 

Have heard good things about those but haven't used either personally. But then...... my lappy is my only machine. I used a Coolmax HD-250BK-U3 Hard Drive Enclosure - 2.5 SATA to USB 3.0, Up to 5Gbps, USB Powered, Aluminum, Black at TigerDirect.com
and its working beautifully.

I DO do a lot of traveling.....
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14 Mar 2013   #38
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
Have heard good things about those but haven't used either personally. But then...... my lappy is my only machine. I used a Coolmax HD-250BK-U3 Hard Drive Enclosure - 2.5 SATA to USB 3.0, Up to 5Gbps, USB Powered, Aluminum, Black at TigerDirect.com
and its working beautifully.

I DO do a lot of traveling.....
I used to but I've slowed down a bit. I carry a 2.5" 500GB WD black HDD in one of these



in my notebook bag to use for backups when on the road. I dump photos from the camera card to the notebook, then use the little dock I showed earlier to back up the notebook (I also temporarily back up the photos to a free cloud account). I transfer the photos to my desktop when I get home and that gets backed up to the teeth.

The transporter case is well padded. The vendor has a video showing one with a 3.5" HDD being dropped 12' then run over by a full sized pickup truck. I'm not about to try any of that, or even deliberately dropping it from a standing height, but I'm reasonably confident the case will protect the drive from the normal shocks received when traveling, including being dropped, better than an external drive would be.
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14 Mar 2013   #39
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
the 2TB self powered pocket sized black Passbort USB3 disks are great -- HUGE capacity very portable and FAST on a USB3 port -- not too bad even on a conventional USB2 port either.

Ideal for travelling -- also have a lot of DVD films copied to .ISO via AnyDVD. Windows 8 allows Native Virtual mounting of .ISO files but for W7 there's a lot of "Virtual drive" type software around too.

So I just "Mount" the virtual DVD iso and play with VLC -- behaves 100% to a REAL DVD and a lot less bulky.

Cheers
jimbo
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14 Mar 2013   #40
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I have one of these with, coincidently, a 2.5" Seagate drive in it. I store system images and old User files.
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