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Samsung Evo 850 500Gb SSD hard drive

04/02/2018 Leave a comment

I was looking at the storage and what was left of it on my Samsung 840 Evo 256Gb SSD hard drive which is residing in my old Dell Inspiron 15 5050 and I have come to realise that I am running out of space. Most of the space is taken up by my music files that I use for DJ’ing. There was a time when I thought the 256Gb SSD would be big enough to last me for quite some time but unfortunately, nothing ever seems what it is. So looks like the next natural upgrade for this aging notebook is this 500Gb SSD, which will cost me about $260 at today’s crazy prices. The 256Gb is still humming along happily and I am very pleased with it as it is a wonderful hard drive. So looks like this is the next storage upgrade. I can always re-use it on a new computer should I buy one…but that is a story for another day.

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HGST Travelstar Z7K500 500Gb 2.5″ hard drive

06/06/2016 1 comment

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!

Quantum Fireball 1.2Gb hard drive

20/11/2015 Leave a comment

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

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Changing a hard drive on a computer

18/11/2015 Leave a comment

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!

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Western Digital Green hard drive

15/02/2015 Leave a comment

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!

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Replacing the old Western Digital 320Gb hard drive

12/02/2015 Leave a comment

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.

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Western Digital Caviar Black 1Tb hard drive

08/02/2015 1 comment

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!

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