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(eTeknix)   Western Digital introduces 6 TB hard drives. Still no match for the average Farker's porn collection   (eteknix.com) divider line 97
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-21 04:32:20 PM  
I got a Drobo RAID box, which only supports up to 16 TB filesystems. (Apparently an OS limit on Mac.) If I fill it with 6 TB drives and choose double redundancy (3+2), I reach the filesystem limit. 18 decimal terabytes is just barely over 16 binary terabytes.
 
2014-07-21 04:52:43 PM  
Wait...you can use computers to view pornography? Does anyone else know about this?
 
2014-07-21 04:54:16 PM  
I'm on my 5th WD hard drive. They don't last over a year in my Macbook. But they're so cheap, I just end up buying a new one and reinstalling the OS. I've learned not to keep anything important on my Mac.
 
2014-07-21 06:15:34 PM  
My current hard drive is 5 years old, which makes me nervous...
 
2014-07-21 06:24:44 PM  
I always go for the WD blacks for HDDs. Bit more expensive, but I've never had a HDD fail in 10 years since i started only getting those. Hell the first one I bought still runs fine. 5 Year warren is also nice, even though I've yet to use it.
 
2014-07-21 07:01:38 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm on my 5th WD hard drive. They don't last over a year in my Macbook. But they're so cheap, I just end up buying a new one and reinstalling the OS. I've learned not to keep anything important on my Mac.


WD has treated me well, but I moved over to Crucial for my macbooks.  The only hard drive failure I've had recently (in 10 years) was an absolutely abhorrent 1TB Seagate Barracuda that shipped with bad firmware. I had three of those and they all went bad within the same month.

I've had a 3TB WD Green for about two years and it's still going strong, and it takes the backups every night.
 
2014-07-21 07:24:52 PM  
From the mid to late 90's, I was a senior systems administrator on the Athlon design team at AMD. At the time, our admin team designed, built, and administrated the largest server and data farm ever created. My specialty was data storage. I had twenty-seven closet-sized data servers networked together, and by the time I left the company, our storage capability was slightly over 3.5 terabytes.


(and all admin tied onions on their belts, which was the style at the time)
 
2014-07-21 07:44:48 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm on my 5th WD hard drive. They don't last over a year in my Macbook. But they're so cheap, I just end up buying a new one and reinstalling the OS. I've learned not to keep anything important on my Mac.


er... why not just put in a good drive and just make sure you back it up via time machine?

/i've had a WD drive in my other mac for 5 years without issue, btw.
 
2014-07-21 07:45:12 PM  
Every Western Digital drive I ever had failed within 6 months.
Will not buy another one ever.
 
2014-07-21 07:48:34 PM  
I still have an ancient 200gb HD external, bastard still works. Switched to Hitachi years ago, been great.

/basic box, with 12TB of storage. Does the job.
 
2014-07-21 07:48:35 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm on my 5th WD hard drive. They don't last over a year in my Macbook. But they're so cheap, I just end up buying a new one and reinstalling the OS. I've learned not to keep anything important on my Mac.


Sounds like a potential power supply problem.
 
2014-07-21 07:50:35 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm on my 5th WD hard drive. They don't last over a year in my Macbook. But they're so cheap, I just end up buying a new one and reinstalling the OS. I've learned not to keep anything important on my Mac.


Something is wrong with your computer.
 
2014-07-21 07:52:01 PM  
until a few months ago I was using a Dell 5150 with its original drive. This baby was released in '03. Damn thing still works.
 
2014-07-21 07:52:15 PM  
Seagate just sent test 8TB HDD's out to their major customers and cloud service providers for testing and evaluation.

/takes a look at his 90%-full 1TB HDD and cries
 
2014-07-21 07:57:02 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Wait...you can use computers to view pornography? Does anyone else know about this?


mymillsbaby.co.uk
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-21 07:57:28 PM  
When Therion's onions were still sprouts, I remember the hot new servers arriving on campus. They came with three 300 MB drives. We called them "gigaboxes" because they held nearly a gigabyte of data. And they all fit inside a tower case. If you wanted a storage upgrade you could get 400 MB differential SCSI external drives. It was a 14 inch drive yet physically much smaller than the RA8x series drives of the previous generation servers.

Realistically you could get about 2 GB of exportable storage on a single machine.

That was before journaling filesystems on BSD, so if your 2 GB server crashed it would take an hour or so to come back.  The network admins learned the hard way not to put essential services on fileservers with big disks.
 
2014-07-21 07:58:38 PM  

Herr Flick's Revenge: Every Western Digital drive I ever had failed within 6 months.
Will not buy another one ever.


Shakin_Haitian: ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm on my 5th WD hard drive. They don't last over a year in my Macbook. But they're so cheap, I just end up buying a new one and reinstalling the OS. I've learned not to keep anything important on my Mac.

Something is wrong with your computer.


I don't know about their internal drives, but I have a WD 1TB external that so far has been awesome without a single problem for the last couple of years.  I'll probably get another when it finally dies or I run out of space.
 
2014-07-21 08:04:04 PM  

AntonChigger: Herr Flick's Revenge: Every Western Digital drive I ever had failed within 6 months.
Will not buy another one ever.

Shakin_Haitian: ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm on my 5th WD hard drive. They don't last over a year in my Macbook. But they're so cheap, I just end up buying a new one and reinstalling the OS. I've learned not to keep anything important on my Mac.

Something is wrong with your computer.

I don't know about their internal drives, but I have a WD 1TB external that so far has been awesome without a single problem for the last couple of years.  I'll probably get another when it finally dies or I run out of space.


Every external I've ever opened is just an internal drive in their own enclosure, so you essentially have been using one. In fact if the USB controller ever goes bad on the external, you can always pop it open and still use the drive itself, have had that happen on cheapo externals before.
 
2014-07-21 08:04:15 PM  
I have had very few issues with WD hard drives. I havent look at the one in my laptop (why fix what is not broke) but most of my other ones had WD at one time or another, and my home network servers have big WD drives in it.

One of these days I am going to have to map out my network. I have been very lax with it. Once again, if it isn't broke, no reason to fix it.
 
2014-07-21 08:05:29 PM  
meh.. 4x boxes from Mediasonic with 4 drives each... so 14x2TB + 2x3TB (for now) = 34TB, and this doesn't include the data drives.  so at least 40TB of drives in my system.

Lots and lots of DVD/movies/TV series... people that come to my place are usually amazed or puzzled about my system, as it's nothing that they've ever seen the likes of.
 
2014-07-21 08:05:37 PM  
Looking at the user ratings on NewEgg, anything bigger than 2TB isn't very reliable yet.

Got very close to 2TB of data on a small RAID box; my smugness is incomplete till it's backed up to an off-site disk.
 
2014-07-21 08:07:09 PM  
Who are you people that go through hdd's like tissues? I've had the same two drives for four years with no issue on either.
 
2014-07-21 08:09:37 PM  
Um, I think farkers have moved beyond saving porn on their hard drives, everything can be streamed now anyways.
 
2014-07-21 08:10:17 PM  

Herr Flick's Revenge: Every Western Digital drive I ever had failed within 6 months.
Will not buy another one ever.


stop soaking them in water...

Out of the dozens of drives that I have, half at least are WD, and I've had maybe 2-3 fail or corrupt in the last 6 years, I had similar experience with Seagate.

But my drives are spinning (or standby) 24/7, never off.

ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm on my 5th WD hard drive. They don't last over a year in my Macbook. But they're so cheap, I just end up buying a new one and reinstalling the OS. I've learned not to keep anything important on my Mac.


There's probably your problem.. get a real computer, but then again, if you're up to the 5th one and you still haven't figured it out.. it kinda explains itself... sorry.
 
2014-07-21 08:10:40 PM  
Young whippersnappers!.

The first machine I ever programmed was the English Electric KDF 9

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Electric_KDF9

It had no disk drives when I first encountered it, but we added a horizontal hard drive, can't remember the capacity, so support the G.O.L.D. system.
 
2014-07-21 08:15:43 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: Who are you people that go through hdd's like tissues? I've had the same two drives for four years with no issue on either.


It really depends on usage and luck of the draw (bad lot, shipment damage, etc). I personally feel that I use mine too little to draw any solid conclusions on reliability, I'm not running a server or something that's accessing them constantly.
 
2014-07-21 08:15:49 PM  
Who needs spinning platters of rust?  SSD prices are worth it unless you have some ridiculous storage need.

A 240 GB SSD at Amazon is $115.  480 GB is $235.

/I ain't got time to wait for some drive to spin around.
 
2014-07-21 08:21:38 PM  

pyrotek85: AntonChigger: Herr Flick's Revenge: Every Western Digital drive I ever had failed within 6 months.
Will not buy another one ever.

Shakin_Haitian: ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm on my 5th WD hard drive. They don't last over a year in my Macbook. But they're so cheap, I just end up buying a new one and reinstalling the OS. I've learned not to keep anything important on my Mac.

Something is wrong with your computer.

I don't know about their internal drives, but I have a WD 1TB external that so far has been awesome without a single problem for the last couple of years.  I'll probably get another when it finally dies or I run out of space.

Every external I've ever opened is just an internal drive in their own enclosure, so you essentially have been using one. In fact if the USB controller ever goes bad on the external, you can always pop it open and still use the drive itself, have had that happen on cheapo externals before.


I bought a couple of hard drives and cases for my laptop because it was cheaper than buying a preassembled external drive.
 
2014-07-21 08:29:58 PM  
Hopefully this brings the price of the 4TB WD reds down a bit. The Synology NAS has 4 1.5TB drives, but they are WD greens and it's a gamble keeping those in. Removing the idle timer with WDIDLE3 will help prolong their life, but greens make me damn nervous.
 
2014-07-21 08:31:30 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: I ain't got time to wait for some drive to spin around.


Ain't nobody got time for that.
 
2014-07-21 08:32:35 PM  
My first computer had a 20MB hard drive by WD.

/get off my lawn
 
2014-07-21 08:33:59 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: Who needs spinning platters of rust?  SSD prices are worth it unless you have some ridiculous storage need.

A 240 GB SSD at Amazon is $115.  480 GB is $235.

/I ain't got time to wait for some drive to spin around.


My desktop has two 500GB SSDs for games, programs, and the OS. I use the several TB mechanical drives for my media server, iTunes library (10 years - it got pretty big once they started selling TV shows), and backups.  Mechanical drives are perfect for backups.
 
2014-07-21 08:34:05 PM  
I feel old.   My first PC was a Hyundai IBM Clone (AT Class) that came with a whopping 515 MB HD.  I had to buy my own MS-DOS and install it and the thing was so loud, with two internal fans running that you couldn't easily converse with someone in the room.  Top it off with a 14" Monochrome monitor running State-of-the-Art Hercules graphics and a dot-matrix printer and I thought I was the coolest kid on my block with the latest and greatest tech at my finger tips.  It came with not one, but two floppy drives - 5.25" true floppies of course.

Now you kids get off my lawn damn it!
 
2014-07-21 08:34:42 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm on my 5th WD hard drive. They don't last over a year in my Macbook. But they're so cheap, I just end up buying a new one and reinstalling the OS. I've learned not to keep anything important on my Mac.


Drives failing that often almost always indicate a hardware problem somewhere else in the system.  For example, a questionable power supply or a voltage issue somewhere else in the system.  If you really need a new drive every year; there's a good chance that any drive you put in your system will die prematurely.
 
2014-07-21 08:45:33 PM  

Lsherm: TheGreatGazoo: Who needs spinning platters of rust?  SSD prices are worth it unless you have some ridiculous storage need.

A 240 GB SSD at Amazon is $115.  480 GB is $235.

/I ain't got time to wait for some drive to spin around.

My desktop has two 500GB SSDs for games, programs, and the OS. I use the several TB mechanical drives for my media server, iTunes library (10 years - it got pretty big once they started selling TV shows), and backups.  Mechanical drives are perfect for backups.


Yeah I'd love to go all SSD but the cost per GB just isn't there yet. Heck they don't really even have comparable sized drives out for consumers yet, cost aside. Granted not everyone needs multi-TB drives, but if you do you don't have much choice at the moment.
 
2014-07-21 08:58:52 PM  
I just bought a 500gb Samsung SSD for $240... It's amazing how fast the prices have come down. We've finally gotten to the point that they're suitable for the average Joe in price and capacity. Honestly most users are fine with 500gb between photos and music. Farkers may have 3tb of "videos" but most people don't. // 160gb SSD boot drive plus the new 500gb data/apps drive // 3tb in a NAS to serve music and movies to other devices on the network. Not even 66% full yet.
 
2014-07-21 09:00:26 PM  
Apparently my mobile Chrome doesn't do line breaks correctly... Weird slashie formatting in previous post.
 
2014-07-21 09:13:58 PM  
Youngsters: I had a Zorba computer add on that held two cartridge hard drives in an external box, total of a whopping 10 megs. Now get off my lawn!
 
2014-07-21 09:19:08 PM  
Why would I save porn to my hard drive when I could just let the internet do all the heavy lifting?
 
2014-07-21 09:25:18 PM  

Herr Flick's Revenge: Every Western Digital drive I ever had failed within 6 months.
Will not buy another one ever.


I've only had a problem with one and it was dead out of the box.  I love 'em.
 
2014-07-21 09:30:13 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm on my 5th WD hard drive. They don't last over a year in my Macbook. But they're so cheap, I just end up buying a new one and reinstalling the OS. I've learned not to keep anything important on my Mac.


Not sure WTH you are doing, but we use them in our servers and NASs, over 70 WD drives in our data center, and it's been since December since I have had a drive fail.  Before that it was summertime.
 
2014-07-21 09:38:30 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: Who needs spinning platters of rust?  SSD prices are worth it unless you have some ridiculous storage need.

A 240 GB SSD at Amazon is $115.  480 GB is $235.

/I ain't got time to wait for some drive to spin around.


I have two 960GB SSDs in my laptop, but my desktop has REAL storage needs, and so I have 5 3TB drives in a RAID 5.
 
2014-07-21 09:40:17 PM  

Therion: From the mid to late 90's, I was a senior systems administrator on the Athlon design team at AMD. At the time, our admin team designed, built, and administrated the largest server and data farm ever created. My specialty was data storage. I had twenty-seven closet-sized data servers networked together, and by the time I left the company, our storage capability was slightly over 3.5 terabytes.


(and all admin tied onions on their belts, which was the style at the time)


Well yes but your average hard drive in those days was less than 50mb and there wasn't an easy source of unlimited streaming data.
 
2014-07-21 09:50:46 PM  

sdd2000: Youngsters: I had a Zorba computer add on that held two cartridge hard drives in an external box, total of a whopping 10 megs. Now get off my lawn!


parasomia.files.wordpress.com

You get off my lawn.
 
2014-07-21 09:53:39 PM  
Damn and I just built a nas for my house last month


Of course I went cheap, so let's see how the Lenovo Iomega ix2 works with the two western digital 2 tb reds I installed

Yes all on battery backup
 
2014-07-21 09:53:51 PM  
that's only enuff storage for my Japanese lesbo porn videos
 
2014-07-21 09:56:42 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: Who needs spinning platters of rust?  SSD prices are worth it unless you have some ridiculous storage need.

A 240 GB SSD at Amazon is $115.  480 GB is $235.

/I ain't got time to wait for some drive to spin around.


In my laptop, boot is a 500gb
Solid state, secondary is a 500 gb hybrid
 
2014-07-21 10:10:23 PM  

MightyPez: The Synology NAS has 4 1.5TB drives


Is the Synology NAS working for you? I'm thinking of buying one of their 4-bay NASes.
 
2014-07-21 10:12:04 PM  

Herr Flick's Revenge: Every Western Digital drive I ever had failed within 6 months.
Will not buy another one ever.

lol ... id like to know more about your IT adventures
 
2014-07-21 10:12:56 PM  

AntonChigger: Herr Flick's Revenge: Every Western Digital drive I ever had failed within 6 months.
Will not buy another one ever.

Shakin_Haitian: ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm on my 5th WD hard drive. They don't last over a year in my Macbook. But they're so cheap, I just end up buying a new one and reinstalling the OS. I've learned not to keep anything important on my Mac.

Something is wrong with your computer.

I don't know about their internal drives, but I have a WD 1TB external that so far has been awesome without a single problem for the last couple of years.  I'll probably get another when it finally dies or I run out of space.


All 4 or so that died were external drives.
I believe an internal drive in my old g5 iMac was a WD-it was running just fine as of 2011, until it was stolen from my niece.

I will clarify-I will never buy an external WD drive again.
 
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