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Windows 7: HDDs and External Enclosures Question

24 Dec 2018   #1
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
HDDs and External Enclosures Question

Considering just any Old Joe 3.5" HDD in an external enclosure:

Does the disk spin at all times that the enclosure's power switch is ON, or only when the computer needs to access it?


Thanks for reading and all help is appreciated.


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24 Dec 2018   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

It wonts pin all the time but will often do it when you open software or anything that gives an option to save which will scan for places to save. With the prices of SSD now get an SSD I got a 480gig for 56
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24 Dec 2018   #3
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
It wonts pin all the time but will often do it when you open software or anything that gives an option to save which will scan for places to save.
Thanks; I had noticed that the SSDs were gradually getting more affordable.

Back in the 70s, that's what separated the SD40s from the SD40 "dash" 2s; solid state instead of mechanical contactors.

Does as SSD ever die or go bad ?
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24 Dec 2018   #4
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BuckSkin;3415942.

Does as SSD ever die or go bad ?

Yes.
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25 Dec 2018   #5
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BuckSkin View Post

Does as SSD ever die or go bad ?
As any electronic device, a SSD can fail. But they are trustworthy than a HDD as they don't have moving parts. And this is very important on a laptop and on external devices.
SSD's cost more per GB when compared to a HDD but they are around 6 times faster.

For external storage I have many small (1 to 32G) USB flash disks (pendrives) and a 2.5" disk on an external enclosure.

If you don't have any SSD on your desktop and you want to do a huge performance upgrade, you should buy a small SSD (128G) to install Windows and programs and use the HDD for data. It will cost you around US$25.
I have one of this. So far so good. PNY CS900 120GB 2.5" SATA III INTERNAL Solid State Drive (SSD) - SSD7CS900-120-RB - Newegg.com
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25 Dec 2018   #6
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
If you don't have any SSD on your desktop and you want to do a huge performance upgrade, you should buy a small SSD (128G) to install Windows and programs and use the HDD for data. It will cost you around US$25.
I have one of this. So far so good.
Now that's getting down in my price range; thanks for the recommendation.
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3 Weeks Ago   #7
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
If you don't have any SSD on your desktop and you want to do a huge performance upgrade, you should buy a small SSD (128G) to install Windows and programs and use the HDD for data. It will cost you around US$25.
I have one of this. So far so good. PNY CS900 120GB 2.5" SATA III INTERNAL Solid State Drive (SSD)
I wish to say THANKS ! for pointing these out to me; as you said, so far so good.

I fell into a small fortune and decided to spend it all on a SSD.
I remembered this conversation and looked it up for the recommendation.
I checked out the current prices at Neweggs and they were basically the same; twenty-five for a 120GB and thirty-eight for a 240GB; @MaZon had the 240GB for twenty-nine; I took a chance on @MaZon's poor packing methods and saved the nine bucks (my fortune was rather limited).
I fully expected it to arrive rattling around loose in a washing-machine box, like so many things I get from there; however, it showed up in the mailbox in a thin bubble-wrap envelope; the egg people would have had it enclosed within five layers of form-fitted protection.

EaseUS Partition Master did an excellent job of copying the O/S partition onto the new SSD.
However, either I missed copying the separate boot partition (most likely), or something else went awry; as, once installed, it would through a couple screens and hang, not going further.
Thus far, I have always been able to fix such situations with a Windows System Repair disk = not so this time.
At first, there was no O/S displaying; after two more attempts, the O/S was listed for selection.
Each of several more attempts always resulted in that message "Remove any external cameras or such" --- there was no such to remove.

Searching for a solution that did not entail me having to reinstall the old HDD to implement a fix, I stumbled upon information regarding using the Macrium Win-PE disk.
Some months ago, I had the presence of mind to create these disks for all of our machines.
I booted the Win-PE disk and in about two minutes had the problem fixed; it took me longer to read the choices and make a selection than it did for the repair to be made.

I got derailed (well..., actually Shanghaied) onto another non-computer project and have only had opportunity to use it for web-searching and forum posting and have not as of yet opened or used any of my photo editing programs.

All the hype I have read about SSDs stresses how much quicker the system will boot; I have always wondered, am I also going to notice a big difference in load time of my photo programs and quicker response of the various image editing procedures ?

Thanks for reading my endless post.
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