Some folks over-hype faster drives and SSDs – obsessing over boot times. Who the heck reboots their HTPC often anyway? It has to be in sleep mode to record shows. That said, I am planning to install a small SSD and shift a smaller platter drive from another machine into my HTPC soon - because I want to move the 2TB platter drive to a new server.
I dress my two 80 lb. dogs up like humans and have them do human things like put out fire, run a 5-star kitchen or perform open-heart surgery. Of course, I use mock-up diaramas and place them in the situation, and put peanut butter underneath the items I need them to interact with. Then I take lots and lots of pictures. That's why I need this drive- because I'm having the dogs dress up like IT technicians and I need a large, cheap drive to put peanut butter on so the dogs look like they know their way around PC equipment.
Yes, I have two TV tuner cards installed in the HTPC. Hauppauge HVR-1800s in the pci-e slots. I got these from a previous deal for $20 each - they are surplus but have worked great for over a year. They receive over-the-air broadcast digital signals - I don't have cable. I use Windows Media Center built into Windows 7 to handle the cards - it takes care of downloading a media guide, recording and all related stuff.
Some deals I got thanks to SD:
$200.00 - Intel i7-4770K CPU
$75.40 - 32gb (4 x 8gb) Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz RAM
$107.05 - Intel i5-2500k CPU
$54.05 - Kodak ZX5 Playsport video camera
$105.66 - Intel I3 2100 CPU and MSI H61M-E33 motherboard combo
$63.65 - AMD 840 Phenom II X4 CPU and MSI 880GM-E35 motherboard combo
$88.95 - XBOX 360 Arcade 4gb console w/ 2 games
I have an earlier pre-price increase version of this drive and I love it, except for random clunking every now and then. Filled it up, needed another, been waiting to bite. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. In for one!
You want the drive on all day every day. Turning them off and on helps kill them.
I have the old 2TB EARS. It's been running for 2.53 yrs 24/7 with head parking disabled. It sees light usage, though, since it's for TV storage.
My oldest drive in constant use is a WD 320GB. It has been on for 6.48 years, also 24/7. This drive is used pretty heavily for usenet downloads/repairs/extractions. It also houses a backup copy of my important data lol.
(and WD 640GB blue on for 4.11 yrs, Real sammy F3 for 1.44 yrs)
Of course, there's many builds I've done and tell the people to leave them on. Guess what? Aside from lightning strikes, the drives haven't failed and it's been years and years. They are WD's, though.
That said, newer drives seem to have much worse quality control and you can't expect to get all no fail drives like before.
Last edited by badmonopoly; 10-11-2012 at 03:25 PM..
Yeah, I have to agree on the price not being all that great. Black Friday (oohhhh) is coming up and really buying this now for an "ok" price will just cause you to kick yourself in a month.
Last time I bought hard drives, they were 2TB Samsung models for $65 each. Of course that was pre-flood and pre-industry consolidation (Western Digital and Seagate gobbling competitors to jack prices). On principal, I am trying not to buy another drive until they return near those prices. Instead have been shuffling around some drives between PCs in the interum, and adding some SSDs for OS/apps. BF deals on platter drives would be nice!
Might just get this. Need a good drive to store all my stuff, running out of space for my dslrs.
Intel i7 950 @ 4.1 GHZ l Antec 900l WD 1TB Black lSamsung 1TB F3l 2x 1TB Seagate Raid 0 l 2TB Seagate l Asus Sabertooth x58 l 24 GB G.Skill 1733 DDR3l Corsair 750 PSU lHyper 212 l Sapphire Radeon 6970 unlocked Upgraded 06/13/13
Intel 4770k @3.6 Ghz l650d Case l 240GB Samsung Pro SSD l WD 1TB Black l Samsung F3 1TB l 2x 3TB Toshiba Raid 0 l 4tb Seagatel 16GB G.skill 2400 DDR3 l Seasonic 750watt PSU l Custom Water Loop l 2x Radeon 7950 CF
I cant find RPM information on WD.com, what speed are these?
WD doesn't disclose this, is slightly above 5400rpm - for a while folks thought their green drives variable speed.
These drives are fixed at 5900rpm. My "green" Samsung and Hitachi drives are both faster than the SATA 7200rpm drives that I have as far as data transfer is concerned. I just wish that Samsung and Hitachi didn't get bought out since there's no really reliable, quality new drives left in the market.
Think you have these confused with the Seagate Barracuda LPs they spin at 5900rpm
The torrent thing isn't a joke. All of you are obviously not up to date with what is going on with the NSA and US Computer Security Monitoring Agency. They have just passed a law that requires all HD manufacturers to come equipped with a new chip preinstalled that tracks what you download and store. They are able to track everything that you had on your drive before you even encrypt it. This is the end of the line for all of you up to no good.
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