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Anyone else with a tech chubby for this WD dual drive ... a distinct 120GB SSD inside the same 2.5" case as a 1TB pair of mechanical disks. It's not a hybrid, the OS recognizes two different drives in one, on one SATA III port. $299 MSRP. Sounds perfect for that low-bloat Linux Steam Machine I'm investigating. 



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Missing the link there, I assume this thing is what you're talking about? It's a standard 1TB laptop drive with some NAND stuffed in the crevices? Have to say it seems pointless to me. For the price you can just about get 500GB of pure SSD which I'd think would work more nicely. Or for the same or possibly lesser price, pick up an SSD of the same capacity *and* a 2TB 2.5" spindle - I've think even the smallest ITX cases have room for a couple 2.5" disks at minimum. (Or if it didn't, just some room in general to double-sided-tape an SSD onto)


Edited by Humanoid, 26 November 2013 - 12:09 AM.


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Yeah, that things is a bit suspect. The only use I see for it is in a laptop with only one slot for a HD, where it may be preferrable to a 500 GB SSD, but barely.



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Especially if it's a decent laptop which should have an mSATA or M.2 port for additional storage. I'm a bit annoyed at the schism between those two standards though, like the mini-USB versus micro-USB standards, it just makes it harder for the end user.



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Oh, yep, that price does negate a bunch of the charm. Funny how I didn't really connect the dots at first, but damn, three hundred bucks is bonkers. I think I subconsciously compared the total cost to that of a straight SSD.

 

Oh well, solid-state memory will never come down in price, I guess. If only they would fire-sale my other favorite drive, the 10k rpm Raptors. I want a 1TB for the PS4 and another to stick in this box ... but more than $200 for an HDD is equally bonkers.    



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Question, how do you pass the time while waiting for your new rig to arrive next week thanks to the god forsaken holidays?



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My solution to online shopping anxiety, waiting for that one delivery to arrive, is to instead buy new things every day such that new loot arrives every day.


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I just think how horrible it's going to be to reinstall everything again from scratch so my mind will block out the whole thing,


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I just think how horrible it's going to be to reinstall everything again from scratch so my mind will block out the whole thing,

This may be weird, but I kind of like reinstalling all my programs on a new computer.


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I don't mind it either. Actually at the moment I'm debating whether to do an upgrade to 8.1 on this machine (convertible netbook thingie), or instead nuke everything and do a clean install sans-OEM-bloatware. But rationally, this machine is used for nothing but web browsing, so the logical thing would be to not do it at all.

 

It'll be relevant when I receive my serious new machine (the Thinkpad) though. Apparently Lenovo aren't doing 8.1 default on their business-oriented machines until next year. Blah.

 

 

Sort of relevant - one thing I'm liking about my recent reinstall onto a new SSD is that 2.5" drive power requirements mean it's trivial to transfer the old data over without messing around in the case. Simple SATA-to-USB cable and basically my old SSD is just a gigantic USB stick.


Edited by Humanoid, 27 November 2013 - 06:37 AM.


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Anyone else with a tech chubby for this WD dual drive ... a distinct 120GB SSD inside the same 2.5" case as a 1TB pair of mechanical disks. It's not a hybrid, the OS recognizes two different drives in one, on one SATA III port. $299 MSRP. Sounds perfect for that low-bloat Linux Steam Machine I'm investigating.


I really like the concept but the performance and price aren't great. I'd be more interested in it for a laptop SSD+HDD without having to remove the ODD, but it would also be perfect for a tiny Micro ITX build.

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I reckon these days for any remotely mobile device, I'd not just prefer SSDs, but I'd actively refuse to use spindle drives at all. Indeed I'd leave the 2.5" bay blank and just run off the mSATA/M.2 drive in such a scenario. For various reasons of noise, weight, reliability/ruggedness. Heck, the machine I'm using now only has an eMMC system drive plus a microSD card for extra storage.

 

Those massive Alienware-style desktop replacement notebooks might be exempt I guess, but then such devices would have enough upgradability to not require the combo drive.



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New computer, new problems. Windows 8.1 problems, I don't think anyone here knows how to get it to recognize a Portable Hard Drive?

 

Edit: Hooray! I fixed it, now to install all my programs.


Edited by Orogun01, 02 December 2013 - 02:20 PM.


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Still on win7. Any reason to upgrade ?



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Maybe if you have a touchscreen but otherwise I wouldn't bother



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Still on win7. Any reason to upgrade ?

Don't, my new rig stuck me with windows 8.1 and i'm not liking it one bit. Definitely for touchscreen.



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Just bought a family pack of Win 7 (three copies), half to cover myself in future, plus Haswell i3 and board, a couple cases, coolers and PSUs. After the holidays I plan to do the following:

 

1) Rip out the i5-2400 and Asus H67 motherboard from my HTPC and stick it in a Bitfenix Prodigy M. This computer will have no particular purpose, but I wanted to pre-empt the inevitable failing of the first-gen, pre-recall motherboard, where all but two of its SATA ports will fail. Also because it doesn't have proper 23.976Hz video support. Besides the case it'll retain everything else including the system disk, PSU, stock cooler, etc, since it's probably just going to gather dust.

 

2) Install the Haswell machine in the HTPC, also replacing the Corsair CX400 PSU with a quieter Seasonic G360 in the process. Other parts: i3-4130, Asus H87M-E motherboard, Gelid Slim Hero CPU cooler, 256GB Sandisk Ultra Plus SSD, Win 7 HP. Win8 is not a viable choice for a HTPC due to needing not only the Pro version but also to buy the Media Centre on top.

 

3) Got a Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl case for a future NAS, one Seasonic G360 PSU reserved for this, a Silverstone AR01 cooler and also a 128GB Sandisk Ultra Plus SSD. Will probably learn FreeNAS on the fly. The guts of the machine are on hold until I determine whether Kaveri will bring any benefits (power consumption, possibly) for the purpose, and also for the 5TB HDDs release next year so I can start the migration without getting tangled up shuffling data around.

 

 

Notes: Why the Sandisk Ultra Plus SSDs? Because they were dirt cheap, other than that they're thoroughly mediocre, but reliable performers. I'll be reusing some old RAM sitting on my shelf, four 2GB sticks of DDR3L, between the two new systems, though I think one stick is faulty - no matter, don't need dual channel memory for this type of system.


Edited by Humanoid, 12 December 2013 - 06:25 PM.

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My laptop hard drive died so I'm trying to replace it.

 

I don't need anything too fancy so I thought I'd buy two of these. 

 

http://www.newegg.co...Item=22-236-562

 

Any advice would be appreciated. 



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Two?

 

Not much to say other than the usual: if your space requirements/budget allows, go SSD.



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Yeah, I found there were two HDD slots in my laptop, so I figured I'd fill both of them. 

 

As for SSD, I like having more space than speed. I've never felt I waited too long for something to happen on my laptop.






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