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Windows 7: Build your own External Hard Drive

19 Jun 2011   #71
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I am, in my own slow fashion. I have the motherboard assembled and ready to install, but am still plodding toward breaking down the system. I told you that I move like molasses.


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19 Jun 2011   #72
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I am, in my own slow fashion. I have the motherboard assembled and ready to install, but am still plodding toward breaking down the system. I told you that I move like molasses.
I don't. But I think your way is probably best. You make fewer mistakes. It takes me at least 3 times as long to play with the wiring as it does to put the hardware together.
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19 Jun 2011   #73
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Yes, I have been impressed with the several Samsungs that I have purchased from NewEgg
I've got a couple of Samsung 2TB F4's. They are very solid drives, and silent.

Noticed they are $79.99 at NewEgg with Free Shipping right now
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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22 Jun 2011   #74
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Just to update. I received my Black X and the 2 Samsungs. The Samsungs work perfect and the Black X is great. I'm going to love it. So much easier and quicker to switch hard drives.
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22 Jun 2011   #75
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I'm glad that you are happy with them.
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22 Jun 2011   #76
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I'm glad that you are happy with them.
I am right now, but who knows what tomorrow will bring. Have you resolved your issues?
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22 Jun 2011   #77
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Most of them. I haven't made any progress on eliminating the pre-BIOS black screen. I disabled the boot splash screen, and the only difference that made in the black screen, is that the number displayed at the lower right corner has changed.
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22 Jun 2011   #78
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

It's got to be a bios thing then.
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22 Jun 2011   #79
Cr00zng

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX El Capitan, Windows 10 (VMware)
 
 

The position of the external case, standing up or laid flat, could impact the drive's performance...

Awhile ego, I've built a system with two identical 1 TB Seagate SATA 3 drives; one for internal and the other for the external case picked up at Newegg. When the performance of the drives were tested, it was interesting.

Internal drive performance:

Build your own External Hard Drive-cdm-seagate_internal.png

eSATA drive performance, upright:

Build your own External Hard Drive-cdm-seagate_esata-stand.png

That's close to 20% performance drop for the eSATA with the same drive and it didn't make much sense since the eSATA on the machine in question is actually SATA 3. Just out of curiosity, I've laid the external drive flat and ran the test again; this is the result:

Build your own External Hard Drive-cdm-seagate_esata_flat.png

That's better and couple of percentage point of differences could be related to the CDM in itself, to the fact that the external drive had couple of gig data on it, eSATA cable, etc.

The HD docks, with their vertical placement of the drives, may have similar results. I don't have one to test, but would be nice if someone could test it...


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22 Jun 2011   #80
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Cr00zng, I have an internal Samsung hd103sj and the exact same drive in a Blac X external (upright). I did a system image with Macrium to the internal Samsung and the external upright Samsung. My C drive is approx. 20GB and the image is about 8.1 GB. I chose Macrium because it tells the time it takes to do the image.
Internal
Build your own External Hard Drive-internal-samsung-time.png

External
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Not much difference, although I have always heard the same thing.


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