Warranty is 3 years on the 3tb external... if I take out the drive and use it internally, does it void the warranty? Could I put it back in the external for repair?
I highly doubt your warranty will still be good after you take it out. If you can manage to put it back together perfectly without any signs of tampering you could potentially fool them, but it's not something I would count on.
Does anyone know how to crack one of these open? There are no screws or seams I can see, and youtube only has prior-generation drives though I guess I could try to experiment with a box cutter or something.
Why would they put USB 3.0 with a 5700 RPM drive??? Hmmm...
First of all, 3TB is not a performance capacity.. very few would use it to boot off of or something. SSDs are for booting and your most-used programs like web browsers, Office programs, and maybe Steam or something. Huge HDDs like this one are for storage of things that don't really need a ton of speed, like movies, music, etc.
Second, don't equate spindle speed with data transfer speed. Modern 5xxx rpm drives can be so data-dense that they can actually match or beat older 7200rpm drives that aren't as data-dense, all while using less energy and throwing off less heat. The drive inside is still referred to as a Hitachi according to HDSentinel, and is likely to be in the same ballpark as the 5k3000 5700rpm 3TB drive which had pretty good performance averaging nearly 100 MB/s. http://www.servethehome.com/hitac...enchmarks/
USB 2.0 has a theoretical speed cap of 60 MB/s, with realistic speeds of only up to ~40 MB/s in best-case scenarios due to various factors... so obviously USB 3.0 is necessary to fully unleash the HDD. The MINIMUM speed of the Hitachi 5700rpm drive I linked to above, is 70 MB/s which is way over the realistic MAXIMUM ~40 MB/s speed of USB 2.0.
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