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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 GB
« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2020, 09:20:16 AM »
I have an old Seagate 1 th which still has to be plugged in to the wall, wasn't dropped or anything just suddenly stopped working. That's why I asked if any one is recommended over others.
dunno about longevity, but years ago @DH Data Recovery has commented on which builds (and brands) are easier and cheaper to recover data from once they do inevitably die. But I don't know if the info is still current

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 GB
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2020, 11:27:51 AM »
I have an old Seagate 1 th which still has to be plugged in to the wall, wasn't dropped or anything just suddenly stopped working. That's why I asked if any one is recommended over others.
The real answer for your question is, that you shouldn't buy a 3-4TB hard drive.

All the 4TB portable hard drives use SMR technology, which is very unreliable and hard to recover.

Stay away from Seagate.

The only options remaining is WD or Toshiba 2 TB or less.

BTW I'm doing data recovery full time.

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 GB
« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2020, 11:38:38 AM »
The real answer for your question is, that you shouldn't buy a 3-4TB hard drive.

All the 4TB portable hard drives use SMR technology, which is very unreliable and hard to recover.

Stay away from Seagate.

The only options remaining is WD or Toshiba 2 TB or less.

BTW I'm doing data recovery full time.

My BILs external died (just clicks and says requires a format). If you can recommend any tools (free or not) i would really appreciate it.

I am fairly handy, so even a dissasembly/remounting of platters is an option if u recommend that route.

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 GB
« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2020, 11:56:58 AM »
My BILs external died (just clicks and says requires a format). If you can recommend any tools (free or not) i would really appreciate it.

I am fairly handy, so even a dissasembly/remounting of platters is an option if u recommend that route.
If the data is important stay away, if not I can try to guide you how to diagnose it and what to do.

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 GB
« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2020, 06:56:17 PM »
The real answer for your question is, that you shouldn't buy a 3-4TB hard drive.

All the 4TB portable hard drives use SMR technology, which is very unreliable and hard to recover.

Stay away from Seagate.

The only options remaining is WD or Toshiba 2 TB or less.

BTW I'm doing data recovery full time.
thanx, is that specific to 4 tb or anything bigger than 2tb ?

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 GB
« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2020, 11:15:47 PM »
thanx, is that specific to 4 tb or anything bigger than 2tb ?
3TB are usually 2nd of 4tb, so it could be worse.

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 GB
« Reply #21 on: September 07, 2020, 11:29:10 PM »
The real answer for your question is, that you shouldn't buy a 3-4TB hard drive.

All the 4TB portable hard drives use SMR technology, which is very unreliable and hard to recover.

Stay away from Seagate.

The only options remaining is WD or Toshiba 2 TB or less.

BTW I'm doing data recovery full time.
I understand this is your job, but do have any source other then experience?
(I've heard from people working at data recovery the exact opposite, to stay away from WD and get Seagate)

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 GB
« Reply #22 on: September 08, 2020, 07:47:06 AM »
If the data is important stay away, if not I can try to guide you how to diagnose it and what to do.
what can i do to try and repair my 1tb seagate, showing light that has power when plugged in, but no noise and not being detected by computer

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 GB
« Reply #23 on: September 08, 2020, 12:16:28 PM »
what can i do to try and repair my 1tb seagate, showing light that has power when plugged in, but no noise and not being detected by computer
What is the model number?

Dose the drive spin up, spin down?

Put the drive to your ear when you plug it in, and describe exactly what you hear.

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 GB
« Reply #24 on: September 08, 2020, 12:16:53 PM »
I understand this is your job, but do have any source other then experience?
(I've heard from people working at data recovery the exact opposite, to stay away from WD and get Seagate)
In recent years?

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 GB
« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2020, 12:31:05 PM »

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 GB
« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2020, 12:40:11 PM »
Within 5 years
I wasn't in the line 5 years ago, but in the last few years Seagate drives are bad.

Are you in the IT industry? Which drives do you see failing more?

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 GB
« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2020, 12:55:47 PM »
I wasn't in the line 5 years ago, but in the last few years Seagate drives are bad.

Are you in the IT industry? Which drives do you see failing more?
I mostly get requests from friends, I have only seen one failed seagate drive to date. I've seen mostly WD (doesn't necessarily mean much because they are generally more commonly bought) and some others.

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 GB
« Reply #29 on: September 08, 2020, 03:24:40 PM »
https://www.backblaze.com/blog/backblaze-hard-drive-stats-q2-2020/
Most of us aren't using our portable hard drives as servers, so this information is interesting yet useless.