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Mighty_Miro_WD

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  1. Even so, I would still suggest to try connecting the drives internally (since they should have the necessary interface for that) and see if they will perform faster. That way we could tell for sure if the issue is related to the HDDs somehow or to the docking station/USB port it's plugged into. Have you tried to do so and if you did - what happened?
  2. Hi @Kingslayer13! This is a standard SATA cable which you can easily replace with a new one. Furthermore, there is not really a lot of difference between the SATA II and SATA III cables as far as performance goes. Just keep attention to the specific length you need when you select the replacement and if you want you can specifically check for a cable with locking mechanism which will prevent the drive from slipping out. Cheers!
  3. Hi @matrixmodulator! The best way to determine if the issue is related to the USB hub or the drives is to plug them directly to the PC and see if it will take the same amount of time to be recognized. Also, you can try to plug one drive at a time in order to check if the speeds will change, and to plug it in an USB 3 port (you can use a PC of a friend) just to test the hub. Hope this helps a bit and let me know how it went.
  4. Hi guys! There are some differences between the WD Blue and WD Black besides the longer warranty. Basically the first one is meant for everyday usage and it's fully capable to run most games as well as many programs for editing or programming, while on the other hand WD Black is a performance oriented hard drive that has firmware features like a built-in dual-core CPU that makes it great for multitasking, and it is designed for heavy gaming, big workloads and intensive file usage. Also, WD Black's performance quality comes from the way it is build with some additional hardware inside, additional features in the firmware, the integrated CPU and improved cache. Cheers!
  5. Hi @AvocadoTech! It could be related to the HDD of your laptop, but jsut so we can be sure that's the case I'd suggest to run a diagnostic test on the hard disk with our tool Data Lifeguard Diagnostics and see if anything abnormal will be detected. You can download it from here: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=WYq8Jc However, before you run the test make sure that everything important is backed up on another location and safely secured there. If it turns out that there is some serious issue with your drive though, then it will be best to replace it and the HDD you mentioned should do the job IMO. Hope this helps and let me know how it went. Also, feel free to upload some screenshots so I can take a look.
  6. Hi @4M4D3U5! You can either clone the drive or make a fresh OS installation. My personal preference is to clean install the OS because it will basically ensure that no junk, redundant and temp files get cloned to the drive. Just make sure you unplug the HDD, while installing Windows on the SSD, otherwise you might encounter an OS confusion that might result in boot issues later on. Another important thing to do before beginning is backing up the data from the HDD somewhere else so it could be safely secured. If you decide to go with cloning though, then do have in mind that most of the manufacturers have their own versions of such tools which should be available in the official website - for instance, if at least one of the drives involved is WD you can download and use Acronis True Image WD Edition from here: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=XUC1Ze Additionally, you can follow the steps in this KB article as well in order to complete the process: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=liXn4L Hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
  7. Hi @Geeku! Are you looking for a portable or desktop external drive? For a portable external drive I can recommend WD Elements and WD My Passport Ultra. They both are very good and reliable drives, and the only difference between them is that the second one is hardware encrypted and password protected while the first one is not. As for the maximum capacity, WD Elements comes with maximum available storage space of 2TB while WD My Passport is up to 4TB. Here's a link you if want to take a look: WD Elements - http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=dhOJDN WD My Passport Ultra - http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=astczY On the other hand, in case you're after a desktop external drives you can take a look at WD My Book which is also hardware encrypted and password protected and comes with capacity up to 8TB. You can check it out here: WD My Book - http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=vPhck5 Hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
  8. Hi @Fox-Man20! The last configuration you mentioned would suit best for your needs IMO, but the only change I'd suggest is to get at least a 1TB HDD because 500GB could fil up pretty fast, especially since your mass data will be stored on it as well. Other than that, do you have any specific RAID in mind and for which drives do you want to set it up for - the SSDs or the HDDs? I'm asking because if it's for SSDs I would prefer to set them up as a separate storage locations because unless you need the raw speed for a professional environment (importing/exporting/encoding 40 GB files for instance), then there really isn't a point in setting up a RAID array. For the average user/gamer there is no practical reason to go RAID 0 SSDs. Another important thing to have in mind is also the fact that there is no redundancy of the data stored on it whatsoever, so I would suggest to make regular backups of any important data. Another popular option would be to setup a RAID 1 with the hard disks and this will give you some additional redundancy, but noentheless RAID is not a proper substitute for backup because there are a lot of risks that it can't protect against like: If you accidentally delete a file, it will instantly be removed from both mirrored copies. If your disk is corrupted by a software bug or virus, the corruption will be done to both mirrored copies simultaneously. If you're hit by a bad enough power surge, it'll probably fry both disks at the same time, etc. Hope this helps a bit and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
  9. The third party app will do the job in this case and will be easier to use, so you can give it a shot. The tests will give you a basic idea abou the health of your unit, mainly the so called RAW values of the SMART parameters. Once the test is complete you can upload the results so we can take a look at them too. As for the SSD you've mentioned, since I'm company affiliated I won't be able to comment on the SSD you've mentioned, sorry.
  10. Hi @Patrick Filios and welcome to the community! Can you check if the hard disk is showing up in BIOS? In case it doesn't then try a different SATA cable like @ma77yman suggested, as well as to plug the drive in another SATA port. In case this doesn't solve the issue then as a last option you can try to connect it to a different PC and if it appears there simply partition and format it in Disk Management. Speaking of formatting, does the HDD appears in Disk Management on your computer as Unallocated? If it is then you need to format it in order for it to be recognized by the computer - you can follow the steps in this KB article on how to do that: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=jGFGhX Hope this helps and let us know how it went.
  11. Hi @Desting! For a SSD you can check WD Blue SSD. It's a relatively new product on the market which has endurance up to 400 TBW and can reach up to 545MB/s and 525MB/s sequential read and write speeds. Here's a link if you want to take a look: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=SltnGG As for your HDD question, if you don't have any issues with the HDD and its capacity works for you then you can keep it. However, I'd suggest to make sure that it's healthy by running a test on it with the manufacturer tool if possible (you should be able to find it in the official website). If you decide to go with a new drive I can recommend you some hard disk, but still if your current one is healthy you can use it as a backup location, internally or externally (by putting it in an enclosure, for instance). Hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
  12. Hi @dawidyadhana! You can take a look at WD Blue SSD - it's optimized for multitasking and which will provide solid performance and can reach up to 545MB/s and 525MB/s sequential read and write speeds and has endurance up to 400 TBW. Here's a link if you want to check it out: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=ep1iDg Cheers!
  13. Hi @G27Racer_188! It depends on your personal preference, but I would prefer to go with a new unit because there could be some potential issues with the SSD you don't know about and a lot of times you won't be able to get refund. With that said, it's very important, or at least IMO, to ask the seller to send you the full S.M.A.R.T. report, like @knightslugger wrote, so you can check what the RAW values are currently. If you want you can upload the screenshots so we can take a look.
  14. Hi @Macks! Basically not all sounds from a HDD are signs of a problems with the hard disk, some are absolutely normal and there will be no reason to worry about them, but nonetheless you can upload a recording with the noises if possible so I can hear what is happening exactly. Other than that you can take a look at this KB article about drive sounds if you want: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=DL7JUQ Also, since you've run a diagnostic test on the drive, can you upload the results so I can take a look? If you want you can run an additional test with our software tool Data Lifeguard Diagnostics just in case, but don't forget to make a backup of your most important data before that so it could be safely secured on another location: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=OO9xbs Hope this helps a bit and let me know how it went.
  15. Hi @Freezanator! IMO it depends on what are you going to need more on your PC - space for programs and applications or more capacity for general usage. 240GB might be a little faster indeed and with more space on the SSD you can install more demanding software that will take advantage of the faster bott and loading times that a solid state drive will give you - this will be better if you want to use the PC for video editing for instance. If you're going to use it for gaming and general computing though then you may consider going with a bigger HDD. That's because when it comes to gaming only the open world games and such that have to load often and load in objects will get noticeable improvement in terms of loading times (your drive will not affect the FPS since the GPU and CPU are the key components for that) and also you will have more storage available. Hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
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