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Looking for 4TB External HDD

vidhubhushan

Alakh Niranjan
Looking for 4TB External HDD. which is the most reliable model at present?
It is required to copy some 3TB data from WD Passpost 4TB bought last year which is showing caution - Current Pending Sector Count.
 

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billubakra

Conversation Architect
Bro how much is the warranty left on that 4tb hdd? Copy your data, run wd diagnostic tool and post results here if possible.
 

rhitwick

Democracy is a myth
All companies are same.

I've a 4TB WD for past 4 years.

Key to a good external HDD health...
don't move it at all!

(basically there is no pattern or guide which you should follow. This worked for mine till date. Not sure if I return from office and would see it alive today. This is how untrustworthy every external HDDs are.)

If you believe in GOD, take the name of your favorite one and buy a HDD from any brand.
 
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vidhubhushan

vidhubhushan

Alakh Niranjan
Bro how much is the warranty left on that 4tb hdd? Copy your data, run wd diagnostic tool and post results here if possible.

bought it last year in march so enough warranty is left dear. tried to run quick test last night but it failed so I stopped. now i will buy a disk and try to copy data. i will try test after that.
 
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vidhubhushan

vidhubhushan

Alakh Niranjan
All companies are same.

I've a 4TB WD for past 4 years.

Key to a good external HDD health...
don't move it at all!

(basically there is no pattern or guide which you should follow. This worked for mine till date. Not sure if I return from office and would see it alive today. This is how untrustworthy every external HDDs are.)

If you believe in GOD, take the name of your favorite one and buy a HDD from any brand.

it was kept on the table only. not moved any where. it was connected only for backup once in 7-15 days or more. this is the worst experience I have considering it was not used much. i ran full hdd test after purchase and it was ok then.
 
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vidhubhushan

vidhubhushan

Alakh Niranjan
Pure luck! And, the company (if came to know this) would pay you to take the HDD back to study. To study, how did this survive this long!!!

:D i once used a Numeric UPS for some 7-8 years without any problems in my old office. their sales people used to quote my example and my name n orgn name to get confirmation.

seagate one is used in the same manner - connected for backup and then disconnected. both lying next to each other on the same table.
 

whitestar_999

Super Moderator
Staff member
trying to decide 4TB or 5.
Do not buy 5TB(specifically seagate backup plus portable 5tb usb drive with no power adapter required) as they run very hot & unless you operate them in AC chilled room 50C+ temp is normal for these drives. In fact I think seagate 4TB internal hdd(barracuda with 2 years warranty & not surveillance series which comes with 3 years warranty) is better as it runs much cooler than any 4TB external hdd I have ever seen. Or you can simply buy MS Office 365 Home pack 1 year license from amazon(usual price 4.2k but during sale it goes for as low as 3.2k,planning on getting it in amazon great shopping sale in oct) that comes with 6 accounts each having 1TB onedrive storage & use that as backup(no need to worry about hdd failure as MS runs multiple backups for their onedrive data).
 
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vidhubhushan

vidhubhushan

Alakh Niranjan
Do not buy 5TB(specifically seagate backup plus portable 5tb usb drive with no power adapter required) as they run very hot & unless you operate them in AC chilled room 50C+ temp is normal for these drives. In fact I think seagate 4TB internal hdd(barracuda with 2 years warranty & not surveillance series which comes with 3 years warranty) is better as it runs much cooler than any 4TB external hdd I have ever seen. Or you can simply buy MS Office 365 Home pack 1 year license from amazon(usual price 4.2k but during sale it goes for as low as 3.2k,planning on getting it in amazon great shopping sale in oct) that comes with 6 accounts each having 1TB onedrive storage & use that as backup(no need to worry about hdd failure as MS runs multiple backups for their onedrive data).

5400rpm 4tb barracuda is 8200 in mdcomp. i will definitely use the cloud option afterwards.
should i try this 4tb backup plus or try external connector with barracuda?
 

billubakra

Conversation Architect
bought it last year in march so enough warranty is left dear. tried to run quick test last night but it failed so I stopped. now i will buy a disk and try to copy data. i will try test after that.
Not going for rma?
IDK if its just me but I have seen lots of WD drive crashes in the past few months. Happened with me also. I "think" Seagate is making a little better drives. Again my personal assumption. My old pc, bought in 2006, has Samsung and Seagate's hdd's. Each of 80 gigs. They worked fine the last time I used my old pc in 2017.
 
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vidhubhushan

vidhubhushan

Alakh Niranjan
Not going for rma?
IDK if its just me but I have seen lots of WD drive crashes in the past few months. Happened with me also. I "think" Seagate is making a little better drives. Again my personal assumption.

i will be going for RMA but before that I need to try to copy the data on it. I am looking to buy a disk to do that. Whatever I am able to copy, I will copy, after that I will try to test it again n start RMA (don't know about wd rma as it is my second one, first internal one is working)

old drives were much better. i remember formatting my 360kb floppy drives multiple times. never tried on 1.44mb ones after many got dead. same goes with HDD as per my personal experience.
 

rhitwick

Democracy is a myth
//offtopic you are old right? 360kb floppy drive?! I'm from 1.44MB floppy era but never saw a 360KB floppy drive!
 
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vidhubhushan

vidhubhushan

Alakh Niranjan
//offtopic you are old right? 360kb floppy drive?! I'm from 1.44MB floppy era but never saw a 360KB floppy drive!

yup, from the time of TRex. i have used 360k, 1.2mb (quality started degrading from this) and 1.44 (without any quality).
 

whitestar_999

Super Moderator
Staff member
5400rpm 4tb barracuda is 8200 in mdcomp. i will definitely use the cloud option afterwards.
should i try this 4tb backup plus or try external connector with barracuda?
"External connector" like those usb enclosure cases are a big no(no ventilation so case running internal hdd gets hot quickly) but open type hdd docks are acceptable provided room temps are decent & your power supply via ups is good(forget about directly connecting external hdd power connector to wall socket unless you don't care much for your data). Go with backup plus 4TB this time & sell the refurbished replacement WD drive you will get on olx/erodov/techenclave forum for ~4.5-5k.

P.S. I will also suggest not to order internal hdd online as they are very delicate & no matter how good the packaging is,there is still chance of damage(not visible immediately but rather long term which I suspect is the case with your current 4TB hdd) given how courier companies handle the products usually.
 
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