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Windows 7: External USB 3.0 vs Internal SATA II ???

1 Week Ago   #11
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iko22 View Post
So, what I did was to buy a 5.25" Bay Internal HDD Hot Swap Caddie for my computer. I can now easily swap out HDD and install different HDD according to my personal needs.
Thanks for the idea; one of those would allow a single SATA connection to serve for an unlimited number of HDDs.

I have looked at those before and considered their advantages; in my case, I would have to either ditch one of my DVD/optical drives or finagle some way around it.
On a quick thinking about this, I have a closet-full of old desktops and towers; I may investigate the feasibility of annexing one of these beside my machine; I have one old monster that has three optical drive bays and eight HDD slots.

Which particular brand and model of Hot Swap Caddie are you using?


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1 Week Ago   #12
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

I am using ICY DOCK Duo Hot Swap drive caddie, which has one 3.5" and one 2.5" HDD/SSD bays. It is a good sturdy design. The power switch and the HDD eject buttons are separate, which means I can keep the HDD inside the caddie with the power off, if need be.

Here: https://www.amazon.com/ICY-DOCK-DuoS.../dp/B007Q4EZEA
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1 Week Ago   #13
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nasty7 View Post
I'm not real computer savvy but I would be more worried about exceeding the power usage on this thing.
That is a very good point and well taken; on this machine, I have upgraded the power supply to a 750-Watt Corsair (if I am remembering the name correctly).

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
When ever you add a drive to your computer, you should budget for three drives: one for the computer, one for an onsite backup, and one for an offsite backup.
I totally agree and that reasoning brings about another theory that I just recently read posted on DPR(Digital Photography Review).
After I thought about the guy's post, it did make a head-full of sense.
He said that one should avoid buying multiple HDDs of same-brand/same-model at the same time and putting them into service at the same time.
His reasoning (and it makes good sense to me) was that HDDs are very much like headlights and when one fails, the other(s) are not far behind.

Of course, I hadn't yet read that advice when I came into some rare unexpected money and bought my three WD-Blue 2TB HDDs --- all at the same time from the same place.

But then, in real world use, these three HDDs, although same/same, unlike headlights which when one is ON both are ON, will have a very differing history of use; one is in action almost constantly, one is powered ON whenever I think that it is time for a back-up, and the third may not get put into action once a month.

I have no explainable reason to back up my preference and very little experience with other brands; but, when I shop for HDDs, I only ever look at WD brand.
I am however bewildered by WDs overwhelming selection of Colors and have not yet been able to make any sense between how they differ.
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1 Week Ago   #14
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iko22 View Post
I am using ICY DOCK Duo Hot Swap drive caddie, The power switch and the HDD eject buttons are separate, which means I can keep the HDD inside the caddie with the power off, if need be.
Thanks; and thanks for mentioning the independent power/eject feature; I may not have thought of that until I found out that the one I ended up with lacked it.
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1 Week Ago   #15
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BuckSkin View Post
...I totally agree and that reasoning brings about another theory that I just recently read posted on DPR(Digital Photography Review).
After I thought about the guy's post, it did make a head-full of sense.
He said that one should avoid buying multiple HDDs of same-brand/same-model at the same time and putting them into service at the same time.
His reasoning (and it makes good sense to me) was that HDDs are very much like headlights and when one fails, the other(s) are not far behind...
You are overthinking this. Even if you were unlucky enough to buy a bad batch of drives, they may all fail withing a few weeks to a few months of each other but the chance they will fail simultaneously are slim to none. As long as you have good backups and get drives with a decent warranty, you don't need to worry about it.

Btw, WD Blues have had some issues with early failures. In the future, I suggest staying away from them and using better drives, such as the WD Blacks or HGSTs. Remember, with the exception of sales, you generally get what you pay for. Drives with cheap prices are usually, cheap drives.
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