I bought this HGST 500Gb hard drive yesterday as I wanted to create backups for my MacBook Pro using Time Machine. I already bought the external enclosure and it was only a matter of attaching this hard drive to it. It was relatively straightforward and after formatting it, I ran Time Machine. It took about an hour to create a backup on this and I am well pleased with it. I got it for a relatively inexpensive $64. You can read up about the drive here. I did not know that this brand belonged to Western Digital. Nice!
We will have to go back at least 20 years here. I remember that during the time when 32mb of RAM on your computer was great, and that 540Mb hard drives were the norm then. A whopping (by those standards at that time anyway) 1.2Gb seemed like heaven. That is what I bought to prep up the storage on my PC back then. Cost me about $340 from a shop in Sim Lim Square then. I remember saying that 1.2Gb of hard drive space would be perfect for me…and it was, for the time. I had space to store all my backups and stuff, Then Quantum was swallowed up by Seagate and there went a brand that I loved very much. I mean…1.2Gb. You can more in a thumb drive no but when I think back, at those halcyon days, it always makes me smile
One of my clients had a specialized computer that was required for teleconferencing. The main vendor was located in Europe. So the vendor sends over a hard drive to replace the apparent faulty one that was in the computer. That is when the fun started…NIT! Do you know how hard it was to get the old hard drive out and installing a new one? Check out this picture I took. You had to remove all of these bloody things, these wires, and only then, after taking countless pictures to ensure that the wires go back the same way that you took them out, were you able to do so. I can honestly say that I had a devil of a time trying to do that deed but finished it in the end. Now the computer works. A great challenge actually because if any of those wires are installed wrongly, you are royally screwed…and I do mean screwed. All I can say is, I learnt something new!
Just recently, when I was thinking of buying a new hard drive for my computer system, I thought about buying the Western Digital Green drive (pictured above) because, well, I try to be environmentally friendly, well, most of the time anyway. But after reading reviews of this spindle speed of 5400 rpm compared to the Western Digital Black (the one which I bought in the end) which spins at 7200 rpm, the choice was clear. There are also quite a few reviews about this drive having reliability problems. I normally take such bad reviews with a large pinch of salt but given the fact that more than one trusted site had given their review on this, and all bad, I decided to pass. Looks like it is either the WD Blue or Black from now on!
Yep. That is what I did. Remember when I said that I bought a new Western Digital 1Tb drive recently? Well, that 1Tb hard drive replaced this old 320Gb hard drive that is – check this out – 8 years old! Yep, This is its eight year and the thing has been merrily taking everything I have thrown at it and still chugging. It is now running out of space because of all my backups (it was a secondary drive) and what was considered a ton of space 8 years ago seems miniscule by today’s standards. I have the highest respect for Western Digital drives. I wish I could get Samsung drives but seeing that they were sold to Seagate, no thanks. So it’s a Western Digital taking over a Western Digital. Let’s see how this goes.
This has got to be the hard drive with the biggest capacity that I have owned to date. This hard drive will replace my old 320Gb hard drive that I bought with my then-new system back in 2007…yep…8 years ago. That 320Gb hard drive is running out of space so this one will take over it and I am sure that I will have many more years with it, at least till the system dies. It cost me about $100 but data is worth much more than that. I cannot wait to install it in the computer. I will have loads of storage then!
I am thinking of getting this Sandisk Ultra Plus SSD for my DJ laptop. Right now, my DJ laptop, which is a Lenovo x61, is utilising a traditional 2.5″ mechanical hard drive. I am afraid that the heavy bass from speakers in the club is going to render it unserviceable soon, what with all the vibrations. I do not know why the Beach Boys sang about those Good Vibrations when they are obviously going to do my hard drive lots of harm! Vibrations can cause bad sectors and when that happens, your computer has a higher probability of crashing. Can you just imagine if that happens while you are doing a show? In any case, these are the specifications:
- Available capacities: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB
- Dimensions: 028 in. x 2.75 in. x 3.95 in. (7.0 mm x 69.85 mm x 100.5 mm)
- Operating temperature: -32ºF to 158ºF (0ºC to 70 ºC)
- Storage temperature: -67ºF to 203ºF (-55ºC to 85ºC)
- Interface: SATA Revision 3.0 (6 Gbit/s)
- Shock: Resistant up to 1500 G @ 0.5 m/sec
- Vibration (Operating/Non-operating) : 5 gRMS, 10-2000 Hz / 4.9 gRMS, 7-800Hz
- Power Consumption (active): 0.12w
- Support: Three-year limited warranty
It only costs about $130 here in Singapore so it is relatively inexpensive, as SSDs go. And, I might add, it has been getting lots of good reviews when I checked the Internet. Looks like its time for me to get one!