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659 145 December 3, 2019 at 11:08 AM
So one of my 4 internal hard drive failed. This drive contained a bunch of media files for my plex server. Luckily Everything is backed up with a cloud backup service, so I lost little data..

My failed drive is a 2 TB internal SATA drive. So it needs to be replaced. I am looking on SD, looks like a I have missed the BF/Cyber Monday deals.

I am hoping to spend max $100-150. I am thinking https://slickdeals.net/f/13681349-wd-elements-8tb-usb-3-0-desktop-hard-drive-120-ac-newegg-free-shipping-119-99?v=1&src=SiteSearch but I would prefer an internal drive I think. But could go external, as I have a few extra USB 2.0 slots and a USB 3.0 hub.. but I rather not use those..

Just want the best bang for my buck. I don't know what is the best deal for a hard drive these days... it should be replaced at some point this month. So anyone have any suggestions?

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So one of my 4 internal hard drive failed. This drive contained a bunch of media files for my plex server. Luckily Everything is backed up with a cloud backup service, so I lost little data..

My failed drive is a 2 TB internal SATA drive. So it needs to be replaced. I am looking on SD, looks like a I have missed the BF/Cyber Monday deals.

I am hoping to spend max $100-150. I am thinking https://slickdeals.net/f/13681349-wd-elements-8tb-usb-3-0-desktop-hard-drive-120-ac-newegg-free-shipping-119-99?v=1&src=SiteSearch but I would prefer an internal drive I think. But could go external, as I have a few extra USB 2.0 slots and a USB 3.0 hub.. but I rather not use those..

Just want the best bang for my buck. I don't know what is the best deal for a hard drive these days... it should be replaced at some point this month. So anyone have any suggestions?
Unless you have a reason to do it internally, the best bang for the buck factoring in expansion capability imo is a WD 10TB external when on sale for around $160. Just set up a share and you should be able to stream it like any drive.

https://www.amazon.com/10TB-Eleme...B07G3QMPB5

The 8tb is fine also, but I would just go the biggest possible and get the extra 2TBs for 35 dollars more.
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Unless you have a reason to do it internally, the best bang for the buck factoring in expansion capability imo is a WD 10TB external when on sale for around $160. Just set up a share and you should be able to stream it like any drive.

https://www.amazon.com/10TB-Eleme...B07G3QMPB5

The 8tb is fine also, but I would just go the biggest possible and get the extra 2TBs for 35 dollars more.
I am assuming a USB 3.0 port on a USB 3.0 Hub would have slower data transfer than a SATA connection inside the desktop, is that right? That is my main concern. With the USB hub, i have extra USB ports and also i have extra electrical sockets near my computer.
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I am assuming a USB 3.0 port on a USB 3.0 Hub would have slower data transfer than a SATA connection inside the desktop, is that right? That is my main concern. With the USB hub, i have extra USB ports and also i have extra electrical sockets near my computer.

I have not noticed any real issue using a USB 3 port. USB 3 is rated up to 5 gbps, though you will obviously get nothing close to that over a gigabit ethernet home network and the drive write rate itself is a limiting factor as well. I get close to 1 gigabit when writing to it from an internal drive. Obviously if you run a bunch of transfers over the usb 3 hub simultaneously you are going to impact performance. And a USB 3 hub may or may not do its job well, but there is no reason to back off the drive for that imo. Worst case, plug the drive into a usb 3 port on its own and use another usb 3 port to connect the hub.

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If you're looking for a straight 2TB drive and want a price point, I usually get enterprise quality 5yr warranty drives in the CDW outlet for about $35+shipping.

And from what I can tell, if you're going with an enterprise class drive, this is about as cheap as it gets per every 2TB, so even the 14TB drive I got for $303 was still a bit more than this. Keep in mind these are 5yr warranty 24x7 enterprise drives, not the consumer drives that you typically find for half this price.

That being said, if you have backups and just need a replacement drive, the 5tb 2.5" usb 3.0 external at Best Buy is a solid deal at $90 if it comes back to that price, sitting at $110 right now (which is about $44/2TB):
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-e...Id=6356880
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