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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.

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 GB
« Reply #30 on: September 08, 2020, 03:54:54 PM »
Most of us aren't using our portable hard drives as servers, so this information is interesting yet useless.
It does confirm that you should stay away from Seagate as mentioned upthread.

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 GB
« Reply #31 on: September 08, 2020, 04:09:10 PM »
It does confirm that you should stay away from Seagate as mentioned upthread.
You can't eliminate a company's one product, because the other may be bad🧐

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 TB
« Reply #32 on: September 08, 2020, 07:01:51 PM »
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.
its avtually a 2tb, plug it in light goes on, but i dont hear anything.
doesnt say model number anywhere. has pn number

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 TB
« Reply #33 on: September 08, 2020, 11:49:15 PM »
its avtually a 2tb, plug it in light goes on, but i dont hear anything.
doesnt say model number anywhere. has pn number
Remove the drive from the enclosure, and connect it to a SATA wire.

You will see the model number on the drive, and let me know if you hear a faint beeping noise.

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 TB
« Reply #34 on: September 09, 2020, 08:08:20 AM »
Remove the drive from the enclosure, and connect it to a SATA wire.

You will see the model number on the drive, and let me know if you hear a faint beeping noise.
which wire should I remove the plug or usb  or something else ?

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 TB
« Reply #35 on: September 09, 2020, 10:25:58 AM »
which wire should I remove the plug or usb  or something else ?
Remove the enclosure, and send a pic

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 TB
« Reply #36 on: September 14, 2020, 10:49:36 AM »
Remove the drive from the enclosure, and connect it to a SATA wire.

Remove the enclosure, and send a pic
is this what you need ?


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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 TB
« Reply #37 on: September 14, 2020, 11:45:24 AM »
is this what you need ?

Yes. The top should separate from the actual drive, allowing you to plug the drive into the computer directly

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 TB
« Reply #38 on: September 14, 2020, 08:27:45 PM »
Yes. The top should separate from the actual drive, allowing you to plug the drive into the computer directly
and, should that make it work ?

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Re: Looking for external hard drive 3-4 TB
« Reply #39 on: September 14, 2020, 08:29:44 PM »
and, should that make it work ?
Remove the drive from the enclosure, and connect it to a SATA wire.

You will see the model number on the drive, and let me know if you hear a faint beeping noise.