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Windows 7: How about this 2T HDD for all of my media?

21 Sep 2010   #1
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 
How about this 2T HDD for all of my media?

I need a new internal HDD for all of my media & want a 2T

This one seems to be a really good deal right now:

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I dont think it lists the RPM's, but if its just my media HDD & I plan on running my OS on another 500g HDD, is this plenty of speed for me?


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21 Sep 2010   #2
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Hmm reading some reviews, I dont know about this drive... Seems it has limitations and a lot of failures... maybe it was a bad batch with newegg? Generally WD is good stuff...
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21 Sep 2010   #3
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

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Pros: great drive, formats to 1.81TB which is normal. dropped it into an external case and works great
Thats crazy you lose almost 200g worth of space!!!
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21 Sep 2010   #4
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
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Pros: great drive, formats to 1.81TB which is normal. dropped it into an external case and works great
Thats crazy you lose almost 200g worth of space!!!
That's how all drives measure out, have a look at this post,

HDD's - the Advertized size vs the Actual size.
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21 Sep 2010   #5
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Yeah I know there is a certain loss ratio, but still, 200g is F'n crazy!!
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21 Sep 2010   #6
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You're not "losing" anything. It's just a difference in the way the drive manufacturer's present the size as opposed to the real size in true Gigabytes.

It's not a big deal unless one is unaware of this fact. The drive manufacturers are counting on people to be in-cognizant of this information in order to trumpet their storage capacity as greater than what it really is.

Most of us know better.
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21 Sep 2010   #7
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Yeah yeah either way

So anyone have any ideas on the best 2T HDD between $100-$140ish?
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21 Sep 2010   #8
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

These 5 also seem to be all within spec of size & price, but which one is the best choice? The first WD I linked to for $99 or one of these 5?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136344

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136494

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145369

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136376

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152245

Any input is appreciated. Thanks.
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21 Sep 2010   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As others have said, you are not actually losing space.

Consumers don't think in base 2 mathematics like a computer, rather we use the standard base 10 numbers. So, one megabyte equals 1,000,000 bytes while one gigabyte=1,000,000,000 and 1 terabyte=1,000,000,000,000. For computers, at base 2 mathematics, 1 megabyte is (1024kbx1024) 1,048,576. A gigabyte is (1024kbx1024x1024) = 1,073,741,824. A terabyte is (1024kbx1024x1024x1024) 1,099,511,627,726.

So, as you can see from above, the drive manufacturer sold the drive as 2TB...which would be 2,000,000,000,000 bytes using base 10 numbering for consumers (and that is exactly what you got). You weren't shorted, you get all of those bytes. All 2 trillion of them. The computer however reads 2TB as 2,199,023,255,552...so the difference Windows presents to you is 199,023,255,552...or what you are referring to as a 200GB loss. So, you can see here...you aren't losing space. The drive is, was and always will be a 2 billion byte drive (2,000,000,000,000).

With regards to 2TB drives....i'm not sold on them yet. It always seems like the large capacity drives have problems with quality issues and there are lots of failures. From what I can see on sites like NewEgg, it seems like the 2TB models from WD, Seagate, Samsung, Hitachi, etc all seem to suffer from far more failures than the 1TB models.

For me, I'm looking to get 2 large media drives for storing video from my HD camcorder, but I plan to get 2 x 1TB hard drives and just get a Thermaltake hard drive docking station and switch between the two of them.
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21 Sep 2010   #10
madtownidiot

 

if you just want media storage, there's nothing wrong with the WD caviar green
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