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2012-04-23 10:02:35 AM
That was super helpful:

LOOK! TUBES! HOT GLUE!

What is a Western Digital Hard Drive supposed to look like inside?
 
2012-04-23 10:06:14 AM
Dogital? Is that like a dog digit?
 
2012-04-23 10:17:34 AM
And I bet the USB stick that is in there is TOTALLY virus-free.

/Why yes, you can go ahead and sign me up for "MyCleanPC.com" too!
 
2012-04-23 10:28:14 AM
Must be internet accessible. Look at the tubes
 
2012-04-23 10:58:06 AM

PacManDreaming: Dogital? Is that like a dog digit?


Think Simpsons. Panaphonic, Magnetbox, and Sorny.
 
2012-04-23 11:32:58 AM
Are those sticks of dynamite or powerful magnets?
 
2012-04-23 11:33:08 AM

2wolves: PacManDreaming: Dogital? Is that like a dog digit?

Think Simpsons. Panaphonic, Magnetbox, and Sorny.


And of course:
mebelki.zoni.pl
 
2012-04-23 11:37:25 AM

Because People in power are Stupid: Are those sticks of dynamite or powerful magnets?


DYNAMITE MAGNETS!!!!!1

/everybody PANIC
 
2012-04-23 11:45:51 AM
A USB drive and not one, but two sonic screwdrivers? Sign me up!
 
2012-04-23 11:49:37 AM
Holy shiat, 95% of that page is covered in ads! When did I accidentally turn off adblock?!

/oh and yeah the article is useless
//thanks for linking us to your tech blog, Subby, I won't be returning
 
2012-04-23 12:26:33 PM
I expected a red rocket inside.
 
2012-04-23 01:27:37 PM
"A shoddy bomb casing full of used pinball machine parts?"
mixednutsandquips.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-04-23 01:28:02 PM

2wolves: Think Simpsons. Panaphonic, Magnetbox, and Sorny.


Yeah, maybe next time I'll read the article, first.
 
2012-04-23 01:31:32 PM
Woe to the first person who tries to take one of those through airport security.
 
2012-04-23 01:31:55 PM

Westend Dogital


In a West End town, a dead end world.
The East End boys and Westend Dogitals...
 
2012-04-23 01:38:16 PM
I really hate Western Digital.
Unfortunately, I also hate Seagate.
But I hate Western Digital more.

Buying a traditional hard drive in 2012 is basically like asking which testicle I would prefer to not have.
 
2012-04-23 01:39:48 PM
Top picture not blocked at work, all other pics in article = blocked. I hate this filter.
 
2012-04-23 01:44:07 PM

Fubini: That was super helpful:

LOOK! TUBES! HOT GLUE!

What is a Western Digital Hard Drive supposed to look like inside?


Well...it's meant to look like an actual hard drive, and not a USB flash drive with two metal weights glued inside a box.
 
2012-04-23 01:44:51 PM
FTFA: We all know that intentionally buying a cheap knockoff from China isn't the best of ideas, especially when it's 1/3 the price of the original.

First of all, if you're paying 1/3 the price, you're getting ripped off. Aim for 1/30th.

Second, there are plenty of consumer goods that are just as good in knock-off form. Think fashion items and the like. Anything you're likely to break anyway.

Third, plenty of grade AAA knock-off goods aren't actually 'fakes' at all. The factory manager decided to produce 9,100 Gucci handbags instead of the 9,000 the company ordered. Then, the factory manager takes the extra 100, gives fifty to his friends and family, and sells the extra fifty to a local side-market for cheap.
 
2012-04-23 01:55:46 PM
That's ruff!
 
2012-04-23 02:03:27 PM
The neat part of these things is that they get the USB stick to report that it has a 2 TB capacity. It'll even act like they're writing files even though it's just discarding anything past 1 GB or so. So upon plugging it into a computer it all seems to work.
 
2012-04-23 02:03:39 PM

PainInTheASP: And I bet the USB stick that is in there is TOTALLY virus-free.

/Why yes, you can go ahead and sign me up for "MyCleanPC.com" too!


Just out of curiosity, I did a clean install of XP in VirtualBox, and went to MyCleanPC (or finallyfast.com, or similar). Their applet found 38 errors.

Part of me was appalled at their audacity, the other part was impressed.
 
2012-04-23 02:04:55 PM

Gonz: PainInTheASP: And I bet the USB stick that is in there is TOTALLY virus-free.

/Why yes, you can go ahead and sign me up for "MyCleanPC.com" too!

Just out of curiosity, I did a clean install of XP in VirtualBox, and went to MyCleanPC (or finallyfast.com, or similar). Their applet found 38 errors.

Part of me was appalled at their audacity, the other part was impressed.


On a clean install of XP there should be more than 38 errors.
 
2012-04-23 02:07:45 PM

Russ1642: The neat part of these things is that they get the USB stick to report that it has a 2 TB capacity. It'll even act like they're writing files even though it's just discarding anything past 1 GB or so. So upon plugging it into a computer it all seems to work.


This is exactly how they work. I have a fake 32GB SD card like this.
 
2012-04-23 02:14:16 PM
That made me go retro.

Create a fake fake hard drive - $7.00

Take a few photos and publish it on a tech blog loaded with a bazillion ads - $5.00

Get a link to it greened on Fark - Priceless.
 
2012-04-23 02:29:15 PM

Russ1642: Gonz: PainInTheASP: And I bet the USB stick that is in there is TOTALLY virus-free.

/Why yes, you can go ahead and sign me up for "MyCleanPC.com" too!

Just out of curiosity, I did a clean install of XP in VirtualBox, and went to MyCleanPC (or finallyfast.com, or similar). Their applet found 38 errors.

Part of me was appalled at their audacity, the other part was impressed.

On a clean install of XP there should be more than 38 errors.


Installing XP is an error in and of itself.
 
2012-04-23 02:30:02 PM
Although, I'll bet that "hard drive" would work WONDERFULLY in my brand spankin' new P-P-P-P-POWERBOOK!!!!!
 
2012-04-23 02:51:03 PM
www.thelulz.info
 
2012-04-23 02:56:31 PM

likefunbutnot: I really hate Western Digital.
Unfortunately, I also hate Seagate.
But I hate Western Digital more.

Buying a traditional hard drive in 2012 is basically like asking which testicle I would prefer to not have.


Really? I've had more than one Seagate crap out within 5 years, but my Western Digital is going on 11 years strong. I've had only good experiences so far with WD.
 
2012-04-23 02:59:09 PM

PacManDreaming: Dogital? Is that like a dog digit?


Triple dog digital.

basementrejects.com
 
2012-04-23 03:06:49 PM
You'd think people would get suspicious when you power it on and it doesn't make a sound. Why do they even bother with the flash drive, just put a rock and a note inside with the word SUCKER printed on it.

吮吸者
 
2012-04-23 04:09:14 PM
 
2012-04-23 04:44:44 PM
Should have bought a Seagorte.
 
2012-04-23 04:48:49 PM
FTFA:

"Let's just say it's quite flashy, but not in a good way."

What do you mean?

www.philsp.com


FLASH!

AAAAA AAAAHHH!
 
2012-04-23 04:49:14 PM

tortilla burger: Buying a traditional hard drive in 2012 is basically like asking which testicle I would prefer to not have.

Really? I've had more than one Seagate crap out within 5 years, but my Western Digital is going on 11 years strong. I've had only good experiences so far with WD.


Depends on when you buy. Both companies alternate crap years. When I need to buy a new HDD, I go look at reviews of those two. Whichever one seems to be having less complaints at the time, I get.
 
2012-04-23 05:12:53 PM

Fubini: That was super helpful:

LOOK! TUBES! HOT GLUE!

What is a Western Digital Hard Drive supposed to look like inside?


It's supposed to have a hard drive inside...
 
2012-04-23 05:21:45 PM

Fubini: That was super helpful:

LOOK! TUBES! HOT GLUE!

What is a Western Digital Hard Drive supposed to look like inside?


What a hard drive may look like:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-04-23 09:05:53 PM

tortilla burger: likefunbutnot: I really hate Western Digital.
Unfortunately, I also hate Seagate.
But I hate Western Digital more.

Buying a traditional hard drive in 2012 is basically like asking which testicle I would prefer to not have.

Really? I've had more than one Seagate crap out within 5 years, but my Western Digital is going on 11 years strong. I've had only good experiences so far with WD.


Same here.. have never had a WD crash on me.. several seagates, though...
 
2012-04-23 10:03:09 PM

tjassen: Sony


Sabra Price is Right..easily one of the best SNL skits ever. What I was told the opposite was true for mfg. Sony,Panasonic, all name brands etc, have the unique outside, but the "guts" are actually some generic brand electronics that is shared among several manufacturers.
 
2012-04-23 10:40:57 PM

tea_and_cake: Fubini: That was super helpful:

LOOK! TUBES! HOT GLUE!

What is a Western Digital Hard Drive supposed to look like inside?

What a hard drive may look like:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x480]


With the caveat that if you're actually seeing that outside of a clean room, that drive is toast.
 
2012-04-23 10:48:28 PM

OlderGuy: Same here.. have never had a WD crash on me.. several seagates, though...


Your sample size isn't large enough to make any valid generalizations. I buy a few hundred drives a year, which also isn't tons in the grand scheme of things, but over my life I've had to return a much higher portion of the WDs I've purchased than anything else I've gotten.

I preferred Samsung drives for years, but they were absorbed by Seagate back in December.
 
2012-04-23 11:02:18 PM

likefunbutnot: Your sample size isn't large enough to make any valid generalizations.


Posh. The plural of "anecdote" is "fact."
 
2012-04-24 04:26:06 AM

likefunbutnot: OlderGuy: Same here.. have never had a WD crash on me.. several seagates, though...

Your sample size isn't large enough to make any valid generalizations. I buy a few hundred drives a year, which also isn't tons in the grand scheme of things, but over my life I've had to return a much higher portion of the WDs I've purchased than anything else I've gotten.

I preferred Samsung drives for years, but they were absorbed by Seagate back in December.


I always had good luck with Connors. Same thing happened to them, although I'm not positive it was Seagate who bought them.
 
2012-04-24 04:28:13 AM

Fuggin Bizzy: likefunbutnot: Your sample size isn't large enough to make any valid generalizations.

Posh. The plural of "anecdote" is "fact."


Anecdotal data is still data. With the recent findings about the unreliability of experimental data in the wild, I'm not so sure it's less reliable, on average, than peer-reviewed experimental data.
 
2012-04-24 11:01:42 AM

untaken_name: Anecdotal data is still data.


Once, I saw a blimp!
 
2012-04-24 02:20:37 PM
Westend? I bet it was filled with a bunch of D6s.
 
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