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Windows 7: Are two drives Safer than One for same capacity?

11 May 2017   #11
SCANNERMAN777

Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint/Cinnimon (Triple Boot)
 
 

Wow. Some of you peeps must really be rolling in it. A brand new, non-refurb 2TB klunk drive with a 5 year warranty for only 70 bucks??? Not in the universe I live in. I paid that much Canadian for my WD BLUE 1TB and thought I got a good deal on Amazon. What's up with all the 4TB SSDs? One of those would cost me my left kidney and a few other unmentionables I'm sure. I settled for running 4X240GB Kingston Hyper X's in RAID 10 and they seem to fit the bill rather nicely on my LSI RAID card (despite the Sand Force drivers). If I need storage I can always page file to my klunk drives while I keep the active material running on my RAID. Of course all of this will be backed up on my 3TB Seagate Klunker and if I have any overflow to concern myself with there's always the WD (gag me green) 5200 rpm external abomination I never use anymore. :::sigh::: My life is an empty MY BOOK.


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11 May 2017   #12
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SCANNERMAN777 View Post
Wow. Some of you peeps must really be rolling in it. A brand new, non-refurb 2TB klunk drive with a 5 year warranty for only 70 bucks??? Not in the universe I live in. I paid that much Canadian for my WD BLUE 1TB and thought I got a good deal on Amazon. What's up with all the 4TB SSDs? One of those would cost me my left kidney and a few other unmentionables I'm sure. I settled for running 4X240GB Kingston Hyper X's in RAID 10 and they seem to fit the bill rather nicely on my LSI RAID card (despite the Sand Force drivers). If I need storage I can always page file to my klunk drives while I keep the active material running on my RAID. Of course all of this will be backed up on my 3TB Seagate Klunker and if I have any overflow to concern myself with there's always the WD (gag me green) 5200 rpm external abomination I never use anymore. :::sigh::: My life is an empty MY BOOK.
Wow! What have you been rolling in? I used the Blues as an example for the difference in pricing between two smaller drives and one larger drive. My reference to a drive with a five year warranty was in a completely different post addressing a different issue. Btw, Canadian prices are almost always higher than here in the U.S.

Sure the 4TB SSDs are expensive (mine cost me a new truck; the old one will have to do for several more years). So what? No one is making you buy one. Some of us feel they are worth the money to gain the advantages we feel they have (for me, reduced weight, a huge improvement at my age, and size and increased speed) and we need the capacity.

I've had over a dozen WD Greens. The first one was one of the early Greens that had the repetitive head parking issue. It also never should have been installed as a boot drive by the supposedly reputable computer chain that installed it (one of the reasons I learned how to build and work on my own computers myself). It was the only one of the 13 to actually die. A second Green started throwing reallocation errors shortly before the warranty expired. It was quickly replaced under warranty by WD. The other Greens were still in good condition when I retired them a few months ago. In my experience, WD Greens are excellent backup drives (I preferred Blacks in my computer because of the Blacks longer warranty, higher speed, and the 24/7 operation of my computer).

Seagates, on the other hand... I've had nothing but problems with their 3.5" drives.
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11 May 2017   #13
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

LadyF, getting back to the topic of backing up 2TB, 4TB, and so on...does it not take more time to backup 4TBs worth of data than 2TBs worth of data? End-users simply have allocate time to do proper backups, correct? As you indicated elsewhere on this forum, without restorable backups, one would have re-install, re-download, re-set up, re-configure, all of one's stuff.
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11 May 2017   #14
SCANNERMAN777

Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint/Cinnimon (Triple Boot)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Wow! What have you been rolling in? I used the Blues as an example for the difference in pricing between two smaller drives and one larger drive. My reference to a drive with a five year warranty was in a completely different post addressing a different issue. Btw, Canadian prices are almost always higher than here in the U.S.

Sure the 4TB SSDs are expensive (mine cost me a new truck; the old one will have to do for several more years). So what? No one is making you buy one. Some of us feel they are worth the money to gain the advantages we feel they have (for me, reduced weight, a huge improvement at my age, and size and increased speed) and we need the capacity.

I've had over a dozen WD Greens. The first one was one of the early Greens that had the repetitive head parking issue. It also never should have been installed as a boot drive by the supposedly reputable computer chain that installed it (one of the reasons I learned how to build and work on my own computers myself). It was the only one of the 13 to actually die. A second Green started throwing reallocation errors shortly before the warranty expired. It was quickly replaced under warranty by WD. The other Greens were still in good condition when I retired them a few months ago. In my experience, WD Greens are excellent backup drives (I preferred Blacks in my computer because of the Blacks longer warranty, higher speed, and the 24/7 operation of my computer).

Seagates, on the other hand... I've had nothing but problems with their 3.5" drives.
LADY FITZ... Come on, it's me... Your old buddy, Scannerman . Come on, cut me some slack here. I was tired and I did address the thread in toto as opposed to any single post (or at least I tried to before going to bed). Yes indeed, prices in Canada are considerably more expensive dollar per dollar. In fact, right now it is horrid @ 72 cents Canadian on the Federal Fiat Funny Munny -- but life in Canada goes on, or at least tries to. I'd be quite the hypocrite if I were criticizing you for your exorbitant purchase after what I just managed to acquire after careful scrutinizing and blatant spending. That said, I'm not rolling in new truck money either. Alas, if this keeps up my PC could soon be pushing the 5K mark as far as dollars is concerned. Glad you got those SSDs you always wanted. I got my 40 lanes and the band width I wanted. And yes, yes, yes... My Book was the first (and last) WD Green I ever purchased. I do not advise that anyone uses these hard drives except perhaps as a temporary measure before making a quick data transfer (if such a thing is possible with a WD GREEN). I have 3 cratered Seagate Barracudas sitting in my store room as science project materials and I dare say I'm not a Seagate fan boy but WD is no different. At the end of the day all hard drives die. Klunk drives are Klunk drives but they still have their place in the grand scheme of things. As it currently stands I have as many SSD's in my new build as I do klunk drives, bringing the total to 12 internal drives with 4 more Sata/SAS and two more SATA ports to spare. I was thinking about going SAS but it probably isn't practical anymore. I certainly agree that if you have the coin SDDs are the way to go. I apologize if I said anything wrong.
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11 May 2017   #15
SCANNERMAN777

Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint/Cinnimon (Triple Boot)
 
 
The BEAUTY OF SSDs

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
LadyF, getting back to the topic of backing up 2TB, 4TB, and so on...does it not take more time to backup 4TBs worth of data than 2TBs worth of data?

That's the beauty of SSDs, Roland. The amount of time spent backing up 2TB of data vs 4TB of data via SSDs is really negligible -- especially in the case of high performance SSDs. I'm not at the stage where I can afford to keep my B.U. on SSDs however. Methinks this is the common conundrum for most folks. A high abundance of RAM might help a little with the data transfer from SSD to klunk drive but for the time being it's the best I can do with what I have. Yup. Everything takes time... The enumerator of all our endeavors.
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