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  1. Yeah, half dead as a zombie because it can read but not write.
  2. Tried the disk with different USB ports, with different computers, re-plugged all the cables - still the same issue. Write speeds are low and all over the place. Read speeds, however, hold steady at 190 MB/s. CrystalDiskMark also confirms this. The same on a Mac - reading steady at 190, writing average 40 MB/s (no nice graphs or event logs to see how it stutters and drops to 0 every 5 seconds or so). No reallocated sectors, no bad noises - just this error complaining about communication issues and operation retry. Compared to a cheap 2.5" USB3 disk enclosure with an old laptop drive inside on the same computers and ports - write and read speeds are both steady at 87 MB/s and no issues reported by HD Sentinel nor Windows event log. So, I can exclude my USB port or driver issues. Unfortunately, I have no other USB 3 cable with proper other end plug to try. I think I got a bad drive and will have to return it. I'm a bit worried they might say that the drive was damaged at my home or during transport. Wondering if there is actually a chance that it indeed was shocked during transport? Is it possible to shock a hard drive in a way that it starts losing connection during writes but is able to read at full speed?
  3. I just got myself a new WD Elements Desktop 6TB drive for backups. So I started copying 1TB of data to it. In general, speed remains stable around 130 - 50 MB/s (depends if it's copying large files or lots of smaller ones). However, I noticed that sometimes speed suddenly drops to 0 and resumes after 2-5 seconds. Hard Disk Sentinel shows performance issues and increasing "Ultra ATA CRC Error Count" at those moments when speed drops to 0, and Windows Event Viewer also shows warnings about copy retry operations. I tried to attach it to another USB 3 port and it seemed to make the errors less frequent but I'm not sure. Is this behavior normal for USB 3 external drives or WD Elements? Or was it only because the constant stream of 1TB of my data is a bit too much and it will work fine later for incremental backups? Or is their supplied USB 3 cable so crappy and I should find a better one? Or is there something wrong with my USB 3 ports or drivers? I have Gigabyte GA-H270M-D3H motherboard.
  4. Yep, I can search, I have seen Orico, Mediasonic etc. and they all have so much negative reviews about points that matter to me, or a bunch of flaky features (RAID in this price segment is rubbish, better not have it all than risking your data). This this product category seems to be ignored by most of the "big players" who, in theory, could provide more reliable solutions. Unless I go for OWC, which is more Mac-oriented and so expensive that I can buy a NAS for that price. And also this product category is not popular enough to collect detailed experience stories about quality, speed, durability in long term. So, for now I'll get some cheaper docking station and we'll see how it goes. If it fails, I'll go for a NAS.
  5. Thanks, I just did some digging about these. For Silverstone, I can get only TS231U-C but it costs 125 EUR which is a hefty price (it has RAID built-in, which I don't need - that's an issue with most 2-bay cases, unfortunately). The same with OWC OWCMED3FR0GB - good quality but too many features to pay for. ICYRaid - no signs of these models nor in my country, nor closest Europe Amazon sites (DE and CO.UK). Sigh. I guess, quality always come with features I don't want to pay for. It's tricky to find something high quality but basic, and thus somewhat cheaper.
  6. Oh, that Thermaltake Duet has maximum capacity of 2 TB, will have to look for a newer model anyway. And some 3.5" drives require 12V power - I'm not sure which USB adapters have such conversion built-in (suspect that the ones without external power don't have 12V, but maybe I'm outdated and all modern USB3-SATA adapters have 5V->12V converter for 3.5" drives).
  7. Well, I intend to keep the drives somewhere behind the table on the floor in the corner of the room, and then dust might accumulate on the drives very soon. I could put some case over them, but then I would be worried about temperatures. Anyway, I will go for a docking station only if I cannot find a reliable enclosure with a temperature-controlled fan.
  8. Thanks, I was considering docking stations as the worst case scenario, but I'd prefer a closed case. Docking stations leave disks exposed and positioned vertically, so it's a bit dangerous if I want to leave disks in for long time. Or I could come up with some ghetto solution with a case over the disks and turning them horizontally But I'd prefer something out-of-the-box. Bare adapters might not work at all (or work unreliably) for 3.5 disks because they might require more power than 2.5, especially if I connect two of them at once.
  9. As the title says, I'm looking for an external storage device that is directly attachable to a PC and has two bays, so I can manage two 3.5 disks at once. I don't need any RAID modes, just two disks visible as separate devices from a Windows 10 machine (and maybe also Linux, but I could live without proper Linux support). I have looked at some candidates from Mediasonic (cannot find in my country, would have to order from Amazon.de), Raidsonic, some less known brands but almost all of them had complaints about reliability or working much too slow for modern USB 3 standards (UASP is needed to make them faster, but not every device has it) or being unable to expose two separate disks or not supporting more then 2TB per disk (I need at least 4TB). In worst case, I could sacrifice speed, but it must be reliable without slowing down or disconnecting for no obvious reason. Does such enclosure exist? Something with USB 3.1 or even 3.2 with UASP and stable speed, no overheating, solid construction? Or is it too exotic device and I should go for a NAS instead (but it seems an overkill for my needs)?
  10. Yes, I thought about a single external drive option. However, I need not only backup storage but also an archive storage which currently is stored on an SSD in my PC. I highly suspect I might run out of precious SSD space, so at some point it would be nice to offload the archive entirely to the external storage. Thus I could postpone an SSD upgrade for a year or so. But I would need two drives to have redundancy for the archive. I could also use two internal drives and swap them in/out of that icydock bay and do the mirroring manually through some utilities. But sometimes relatives come to me with their broken laptops and it would be nice to be able to recover their data to an USB3 based storage before reinstalling Windows etc. I read the pinned topic that says the cheap RAID controllers are no good. So, probably I should stay away from RAID1 configuration on some cheaper DAS solutions from IcyDock, QNAP, whatever and do the mirroring manually through some utility software. Thanks for Veeam Agent hint, I ve been using Paragon for disk imaging and FreeFileSync for files, but Veeam Agent seems to combine the best of both worlds.
  11. Hi everyone. I'm a programmer, so I have lots of some old projects and some old virtual machines that I would like to archive. Also I want to be able to recover fast if my main OS drive fails. I have lots (hundreds) of development tools installed and I often have to switch between vastly different projects (Javascript, PHP, C++, C#, web, mobile, desktop ...), so I would lose entire working day if I had to recover from a lost main drive. So, I need a full system backup. Also I have the normal stuff - photos, movies, games, music. Photos&videos need backups. Movies, games, music - well, I could live if I lose them but still it would be nice to be able to restore them fast. Currently I have the following drives: - 1 TB SSD for OS, software and games and active projects - 1 TB SSD virtual machines and media - family photos, videos, video tutorials, audiobooks, 3D assets, sample assets for DAW for music creation - guilty, 3D and music are my hobbies and they can take lots of space; and for temporary download storage - old 500 GB SSD for old projects that, honestly, should be moved to an archive - old 250 GB SSD as a "scratch space" for something ... not sure what, the disk was just lying around and I didn't want to retire or sell it I have also an IcyDock drive bay (DuoSwap MB971SP-B), so I can swap my old HDDs around: - two 1TB drives - one for full system backup, another one for full data backup (using FreeFileSync tool) - three old ~250 GB drives - storing some old stuff, the drives are like 10 years old and might fail any day soon, some of them have I also have iDrive account - very useful for backups of crucial data and also for immediate uploads of my Android phone photos (with some caveat though - their default settings have resized photos which is insane default for backup purposes - imagine losing or water-damaging your phone during a trip and later discover that your backup has all the photos... resized down to much worse quality, yack). Also, iDrive can be very slow. But for backups it is fine. At some point I intend to replace the old drives with new 1TB (or even 2TB, if they get very cheap at the time when I feel like I'm close to being out of storage), but for now I would have enough space if only I managed to offload some older data to backup storage. So, during all the 20 years I have a computer, I have accumulated about 2TB worth of data. Yeah, I admit, I'm a bit of a digital hoarder and maybe many things can be deleted. But still... I think a NAS would be an overkill for me. I don't want to have some networked box running all the time. DAS (USB 3) with RAID 1 might be OK. I could start with 4TB x 2 (preferably from two different manufacturers to avoid sequential failure). But important thing: in case if the DAS device itself fails (RAID controller & SATA-USB chip) I want to be able to access the mirrored disks from my PC by just taking them out of the enclosure and sliding into the IcyDock drive bay I see there are many choices of DAS drives & enclosures: - external drives - sometimes even cheaper than internal drives, but you never know what's inside. Maybe shucking is worth it, not sure. - external drives with RAID mirror built-in (WD Duo and such) - but I'm not sure if I can easy get any of the drive out in case if the controller itself fails. Also, most probably, both drives are from the same batch, so if one fails, there might be a pretty high chance of the second drive failing soon, too - external USB enclosures with RAID support. Seems the best option for me. But I'm not sure about the build quality and again - what if the controller fails? Can I get to the mirrored data of a single drive on my own or is it encoded in some proprietary format? I think I would need a solid external USB 3 dual bay enclosure with RAID 1 that is organized in such a way that if the controller fails, I still can access any of the drives by attaching it to my PC. I have looked at some Amazon complaints and I've seen some cases where it is not possible to use a RAID1 drive alone if the proprietary controller fails. So, I'm in doubt now. Should I go for a software RAID1 then? Is there such a device that does just what I need, has good reputation and is not an overkill for kinda simple backup&archival needs?
  12. Didn't Seasonic update something in the M12II EVO edition? Considering that the real consumption of my system is under 300W and, most probably, will not be higher because I'm just occasional gamer (GTX 960 is totally enough for me) and that my previous years I lived with even more shitty PSUs like Point-of-view Black Diamond 500 and Gigabyte Superb 550P, still M12II is an upgrade. At least because it's modular. Ok, maybe I didn't look into "the right" PSU tier lists because in some forums M12II 620 EVO was rated among first 3 tiers... Those lists are scattered across all the internet and it's not that easy to follow which one to trust and why...
  13. I've heard that many other popular PSU lines from Corsair, Antec, Xfx, etc are based on Seasonic S12 or M12 units that are slightly modified. So, I'm not sure if trying to get rid of M12 I won't end up buying the same M12 from another manufacturer I've seen some tests and also analysis of components. While testers admit that it might be somewhat outdated and also tend to get loud under full load, but still it's using quality components and works great. Anyway, many PSUs with APFC system have some risk of incompatibility with UPSes; and nowadays almost all PSUs have APFC (because APFC makes them capable of using energy in much more efficient way). The PSU is somewhat new but it's past return window and I got it pretty cheap. The UPS is old and cheap anyway, so I most probably would have to replace it sooner or later. It's just so difficult to find a good silent UPS.
  14. I have upgraded my entire workstation PC and unfortunately my current new PSU seems to be picky about UPS. It just shuts down when UPS switches to its battery. I have heard contradictory explanations - some say, that only true sinewave UPSes can correctly power a PSU with APFC but other electricians claim that it actually doesn't matter if the UPS has or doesn't have true sinewave - the main thing is that the UPS must be 3x more powerful than <not sure what - the power of the PSU or the actual max used power of the PC>. The reasoning is that APFC doesn't actually care about the vaweform but it cares about amperage supplied by the UPS at the moment of switchover from mains power to the battery. A PSU with APFC will draw large amounts of power to fully saturate it's input coils, and that is what usually trips an overload protection of any UPS, even if the UPS in general is capable of supplying enough power otherwise. I ran some stress tests (3D mark demo, Cinebench etc.) and used kill-a-watt device to measure max power consumption. It never went above 250W, which makes sense, considering that I have mediocre system with powerful CPU i-7700 but not so powerful GPU GTX 960. I'm not a gamer, so this is enough for my needs. So, I'm not sure what to do here. I don't want to pay too much for a 1000VA UPS, especially a true sinewave one, unless there are really no other options. Also, my PC is silent and located close to where I sleep, so I don't want an UPS that has fans constantly running. Considering the power consumption, I would be OK with a 500VA (350W) UPS. I could buy an Eaton 5SC 500i true sine model. That's somewhat risky though - what if the PSU indeed require high power during switchover moments? Unfortunately other 5SC models all have a dumb fan that spins all the time. Some people went as far as to replace it with Noctua, losing their warranty. I don't want to do that just yet. Another option is APC SMT750I, but that's costly and also might not be enough for that APFC power spike issue. Anything higher from APC is insanely expensive. Or I might go a different route - forget the sine wave and go just for power hoping that it will deal with APFC issues. But there I might hit the fan noise problem again. And these UPSes often are of noticeably lesser quality - built with plastic cases only (which is not exactly safe) and using cheaper components which have less space for margin of error and can easily be overloaded (a guy from a service center told me that's a typical issue for some recent 1000VA UPSes - the manufacturer leaves just about 10% reserve for power transistor rating, and this is very close to manufacturing deviation, so these power transistors can often just burn up). So many doubts. If you have Seasonic M12II-620 PSU and some lower power UPS (500 - 750VA rated) and if it's working just fine, I would really appreciate if you report what UPS you are using. Some rant follows, feel free to ignore. In general, I trust only two brands - Eaton and APC. Especially since pure sinewave UPSes by other somewhat solid brands are not available in my country - so no Cyberware nor Tripp-Lite. And even APC cheaper UPSes from Back-UPS and Back-UPS Pro series are not that good anymore - I've read many reports of them failing when used with an APFC power supplies up to the point when the UPS itself gets broken. Some companies managed even to break batches of 8 - 12 of APC Back-UPS during a year. None of the devices survived more than 15 months. APC was glad to replace them on warranty, but how many time and nerves does each replacement require... So, if APC then only their Smart series. Everything else is the same junk as Mustek, Trust, Sven and other cheap Chinese UPSes - I have seen the schematics inside the UPSes, so I know - a 10 years old APC Back-UPS looks so much better with higher power components and better build quality than a 1 year old Back-UPS.
  15. Thank you. I found that Gigabyte has hidden a pretty nice fan control in their System Information Viewer. Shame on Gigabyte for hiding system tweaking features in a software named "Viewer". It seems, my CPU default fan settings actually were too aggressive because I was able to adjust the fan profile to be much quieter while running a stress test, and temperatures were ok. I could also adjust this in BIOS, but it would be complicated to immediately see how fan & temperatures behave under heavy load. So, maybe I'll be OK without any other cooler for some time.