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[Microsoft Store] Western Digital 500GB 2.5 inch hard drive $24.99

I know everyone is buying up NVME and SSD's but at this price it's a pretty good storage solution. Don't forget Rakuten.
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I slapped one of these old drives in a case and use it for transferring multi gigabit files between systems. Faster than the cheapo USB drives I have.
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I stopped buying USB flash drive now, when the nvme is cheap enough and with a enclosure is small enough….

And with a regular hdd, for the sake of user experience, go with that sn550 deal + a case…….

Thanks op though, upvoted
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You cannot really run Windows 10 on a 5400 rpm hard drive (the HD is always at 100% making it unbearably slow), for those who were thinking of using this as their main drive you will need to invest in an SSD or a 7200 RPM hard drive.

https://windowsreport.com/windows-10-54 ... ve-issues/

But for a small server or in a USB enclosure, this would be an excellent deal.
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So, this, I realize per GB is a better deal than the 1 TB @ $60... but thinking, one drive for XBOX/PS5 external would be better than a couple? (edit** - NVM, see that the 1 TB is out of stock, plus, just realized I am using a 4TB external on my current PS5 layout)
I have so many skeletal drives from old PS5, etc, but at this price, it's great to have another!

With the kids using their CHROMEBOOKS now, I make sure they have a backup drive to keep photo's projects etc on, and can also run movies, and music from it.
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As a side note... damn RFD, I have been on the site for maybe an hour today and Have already spent close to $800!
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Good deal, but look how the 500GB and 1TB are both 59.99$ regular price.
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What is best for as long time offline storage for backups of family pictures/video? I hear that flash drive lose everything if not powered on for long periods. Is HDD better?
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SMR drive?
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jackass_ca wrote: As a side note... damn RFD, I have been on the site for maybe an hour today and Have already spent close to $800!
Paddleboards, hard drives, etc. etc.
But think of all the money you just saved!!!11.
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BingoRingo wrote: You cannot really run Windows 10 on a 5400 rpm hard drive (the HD is always at 100% making it unbearably slow), for those who were thinking of using this as their main drive you will need to invest in an SSD or a 7200 RPM hard drive.

https://windowsreport.com/windows-10-54 ... ve-issues/

But for a small server or in a USB enclosure, this would be an excellent deal.
This note would've been useful 10 years ago maybe.

The difference between 7200 and 5400 rpm performance is dwarfed by orders of magnitude by SSD speed.

$50 nets you what 256gb SSD nowadyas, who is dumb enough to still use regular drives for OS?
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signops wrote: I slapped one of these old drives in a case and use it for transferring multi gigabit files between systems. Faster than the cheapo USB drives I have.
Any recommendation for case?
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BingoRingo wrote: You cannot really run Windows 10 on a 5400 rpm hard drive (the HD is always at 100% making it unbearably slow), for those who were thinking of using this as their main drive you will need to invest in an SSD or a 7200 RPM hard drive.

https://windowsreport.com/windows-10-54 ... ve-issues/

But for a small server or in a USB enclosure, this would be an excellent deal.
I really doubt a 7200 drive is much different from a 5400.
That being said, I would not buy a 500GB HDD. It is neither good as storage or as portable. The only use I can see is you are rebuilding an old computer to sell.
signops wrote: I slapped one of these old drives in a case and use it for transferring multi gigabit files between systems. Faster than the cheapo USB drives I have.
I don't think HDD is too good as portable as vibration is very bad for HDD.
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wlee wrote: SMR drive?
looks like CMR, but old tech, not sure its usage today
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the capacity is just too small for something so physically massive in today's portable storage world! Even my Switch card is 512GB
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Clee wrote: What is best for as long time offline storage for backups of family pictures/video? I hear that flash drive lose everything if not powered on for long periods. Is HDD better?
I would backup to archival grade BD-R discs and verify them every few years,

Yes, any storage devices that uses chips (NAND flash) degrade within a year.

Death and the unplugged SSD: How much you really need to worry about data retention
NAND can’t retain data forever, or even as long as other types of media (hard drives, optical) because it stores data as tiny, trapped electrical charges. The cages that contain these charges aren’t perfect—they leak, or de-trap in industry lingo. True, they leak extremely slowly, but they leak nonetheless.

NAND and SSDs have never been touted as archival storage, but those degradation facts are rarely highlighted. That’s why we have this discussion every couple of years. That and the persistent consumer misconception, aided by misleading advertising and the lack of visible deterioration, that digital somehow means forever.
Understanding Life Expectancy of Flash Storage
Flash Data Retention

The level of charge in each cell must be kept within certain thresholds to maintain data integrity. Unfortunately, charge leaks from flash cells over time, and if too much charge is lost then the data stored will also be lost.

During normal operation, the flash drive firmware routinely refreshes the cells to restore lost charge. However, when the flash is not powered the state of charge will naturally degrade with time. The rate of charge loss, and sensitivity of the flash to that loss, is impacted by the flash structure, amount of flash wear (number of P/E cycles performed on the cell), and the storage temperature. Flash Cell Endurance specifications usually assume a minimum data retention duration of 12 months at the end of drive life.


Stored drives have a bad track record for not spinning up when not plugged in for a long time.
They can be repaired if you can find the parts.

A hard drive stores its data magnetically, and as long as you keep it away from another strong magnetic source, it is fairly stable.
The magnetism can diminish over time, putting the data at risk, but this can be restored by powering on and reading or writing the data. You should do this every few years if you're using a hard drive for long-term storage.


from How Long Can a Hard Drive Hold Data Without Power?
The standard hard drive warranty runs about 5 years. That number is assuming regular use, so if a drive were to be plugged in and have data written to it infrequently, and stored in a dry space with optimal temperatures, there's no reason that it couldn't last far longer than that—in the range of seven or even eight years. Always keep the drive safe from large magnetic fields, since they could help to degrade the data much more quickly, and keep that temperature rule in mind, since there are movable parts with grease that could dry up and crack in the wrong conditions. The actual temperature range varies from drive to drive, but keeping it somewhere between 50 and 110 degrees is a pretty safe bet.
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Have more than 2-3 backups.
Clee wrote: What is best for as long time offline storage for backups of family pictures/video? I hear that flash drive lose everything if not powered on for long periods. Is HDD better?

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