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Windows 7: Hard Drive Replacement for PC

05 May 2015   #61
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I hope you are not going to put Windows on a WD Black when you now have an SSD.

You don't need a dock if you intend to have 3 internal drives: SSD for Windows; WD Black for data; WD Black for data backup.

If you intend to have an external drive, then yes, you'd probably use a dock.

None of them are what I'd call durable or heavy duty, so don't expect them to last 10 years.

Some connect by USB 2; some by USB 3, some by eSATA, some by a combination. You'd need one that matched whatever ports you happen to have on your case.

I use a Rosewill RX-DUS 100 that has USB 2 and eSATA ports.

Other brands include Thermaltake and Sabrent. Make sure you get one that will accept standard 3.5 inch hard drives.

You might consider getting Blues instead of Blacks. They are cheaper and don't have as long a warranty, but you aren't likely to notice the speed difference if you put Windows and apps on the SSD.
I'm thinking he is intending to use the SSD he just received for his OS and programs, one of the WDs for his internal data drive, and an external dock for his backup drive. I personally like the WD Blacks for their longer warranty but I agree a Black is overkill for a backup drive. I would suggest getting two Greens instead of a Black for the backups. It is much safer to have two identical backups so, if one backup drive should fail (it happens), he will have another one to fall back on.

@ OP. Orico makes some nice docks. Just peruse Newegg's or Amazon's selections and choose one you like the looks of that gets good reviews.

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05 May 2015   #62

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I agree with LF - I'm using 2TB WD Greens for backup. If you buy a dock I'd get a name brand and definitely USB 3. I can image ~50 GB on my SSD to a 2TB Green in ~7-8 Minutes. I'd agree they aren't meant to last forever and at ~$30 each I'd have a couple.
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15 Jun 2015   #63

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I am back! Sorry to leave the thread so abruptly but I got sick, was hospitalized for 6 days, rested at home for what has seemed like forever - and am now ready to get my PC running again!

I ordered the WD BLACK SERIES WD1003FZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive this morning. Should arrive by Friday.

For now, I need someone to give me a link to a docking station to purchase for backups. Or, can I just purchase another one (or 2???) of the WD 1TB Blue or Green Hard Drives & put them inside my PC along with the new SSD (still in package/haven't opened it yet) & the WD 1TB Black Drive on order? I am finding the the WD Blue & WD Green Hard Drives are very close in price, so I should order the Blue, correct?

Do I need to make sure that the backup drives are also 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s?

Thanks for all the posts. I am deeply grateful!
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15 Jun 2015   #64

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Get a green for backups and use the black inside PC. If your mobo has E-SATA ports and you can find an E-SATA/USB 3.0 external dock that would be golden. Otherwise get one with USB 3.0 at least.
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15 Jun 2015   #65

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
E-SATA/USB 3.0 external dock

I am fairly sure my mobo has E-Sata ports. Can you post a link to an example or a recommended one of what you are talking about exactly? I have never even looked at a docking station. .
If the WD Green is only 50 cents less than the WD Blue, do you still suggest the Green for backups?

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15 Jun 2015   #66

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I just checked your mobo and it doesn't have E-SATA. It is still possible your case has one at front panel. It looks somewhat similar to an USB port.

Hmm, seems I am a bit wrong with WD color codes, glad you asked the difference
What does the WD color scheme mean?
Go with the blue.
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15 Jun 2015   #67
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Yes, the Blue is superior to the Green and, if you can get it for only 50 more than the same size Green, by all means, get it.

This is an excellent dock. The dock works off either e-SATA (at SATA II speeds) or USB 3.0. To use it for backups, I would suggest keeping it alongside or on top of your computer and turn it on only when you have a HDD in the dock (it would not a good idea to keep a HDD in the dock except when updating a backup). Also, Anker provides excellent product support.
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15 Jun 2015   #68

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP

And if into drive cloning/copying try this:
Thermaltake - U.S.A. - BlacX Duet HDD Docking Station - ST0014U
Got mine from Amazon for less than $50US.
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03 Jul 2015   #69

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Installing Drives

Do I install the SSD drive first & get the computer running? Or, do I need to install both the SSD & WD Hard Drive and then try to get it running to do a fresh install of Windows?

Also, do I just use the one small "cord" to connect the SSD - the cord that was hooked up to my old hard drive & is still connected to the mother board? How does the other drive connect?

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03 Jul 2015   #70

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Only SSD and CD-DVD while clean installing. Clean Install Windows 7
If you don't have a 2nd SATA cable, use DVD drive's cable?
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