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  1. Question regarding some Drives

    So to catch up with what was left from yesterday, we talked to the team in charge of the website about the fact that the RPM is sometimes not reflected for some models, the suggestion was made and for the moment what we recommend you is to look for the data sheet of the device you are interested on to know what the RPM would be, 2.5 running at 5400 RPM could be accurate with some exceptions and same way with the 3.5 inches drives, they run at 7200 RPM with some exceptions. Regarding the Multi Tier Caching Technology and the drives that include it, we will be working on this also and will come back to this post to expand the topic.
  2. The drive most likely will work for what you want it, I wanted to see some of the numbers in the S.M.A.R.T. details of this drive that are usually used to know the amount of operating hours, recommended amount of reads and writes in a daily basis and so on, but they don't seem to have anything like that in their website, only a manual that has the contact information for warranty: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c05605231 Without having this information published you will have to rely on reviews made by users, or maybe contact them and ask them what would be the expected life time of the drive.
  3. Hello hsjj3, An SSD will definitely help you with the load times, you will wait less for applications to load but overall when gaming you won't notice a big of a difference in comparison to using an HDD.
  4. I wouldn't say it that way, for traveling definitely external SSDs are better because they don't have moving parts and that makes them less vulnerable but if the drive will stay always in the same place an SSHD will give you back what you are paying for, storage plus leverage during load times. Some people wouldn't like the idea but it all resumes to a personal point of view, the best time to get a SSHD is when you need one, when you need more storage then go for HDD, if you need speed then go for SSD, if you want to have benefits of SSD plus storage then go for SSHD.
  5. HDD Testing Software

    Hello Exploding007Chicken, Some tools even when they are well known, cannot read some of the S.M.A.R.T. details required to detect failures on the drives or when just checking the performance and since they were not designed for specific drives they may lack some details, it is better to use the tools designed by the manufacturer just to make sure all data is read properly.
  6. The SSD decreases load times, that is os boots quick, games load quickly, and that's pretty much it, performance partially improves so storage doesn't affect gaming that much. Gaming is mostly CPU, RAM, and GPU. If you are looking for both capacity and speeds then go for a SSHD. Or else go for a hdd now and for a ssd later on when you can spare some cash.
  7. Hello hsjj3, It is definitely true that applications will load faster and also there are ways to transfer your operating system from your HDD to a new SSD. One thing you need to know is that only the wait-times-to-load is what is going to improve but in the actual gaming experience you are not going to notice a difference, games will only open/load faster.
  8. HDD 100% Active time - Very slow

    Hello sultan97, There must be something that's running in the background, try to perform a clean boot and check to see if the problem persists. If the issue disappear you have something installed constantly writing in your system. To perform a clean boot in Windows 8 or Windows 10: Press the "Windows + R" key to open a Run box. Type msconfig and click OK. On the General tab, click Selective startup. Clear the Load startup items check box. Click the Services tab. Select the Hide all Microsoft services check box (at the bottom). Click Disable all. Click the Startup tab. Click Open Task Manager. On the Startup tab, right-click each enabled startup item and select Disable. Click OK. Click Restart. After completing your troubleshooting, restore your system by doing the following: Press the "Windows + R" key to open a Run box. Type msconfig and click OK. On the General tab, select Normal startup. Click the Services tab. Clear the Hide all Microsoft services check box. Click Enable all. Click the Startup tab. Click Open Task Manager and enable all of your startup programs. Click OK. Click Restart. NOTE: Be sure you "Enable all" Microsoft services, go back to "Normal startup" and re-enable all programs in the Startup tab when you are done troubleshooting.
  9. What Drive Should I Get? A Guide to the Mechanical HD Market

    Hello jim33, I am going to paste the data sheet of the BarraCuda Pro for further reference down below, definitely the Barracuda Pro fits better on home PCs, home servers and/or Entry-level direct-attached storage devices (DAS). For NAS severs we manufacture the IronWolf and for surveillance/security cameras we make the Skyhawk series. When you use 2 separated drives instead of only one you increase your chances of recovering your data, electronics devices will degrade just because of the fact that they are being used, so at some point everything will come to an end and that sometimes causes data to be unrecoverable, any professional will always recommend you to have a back up of your data in a separated drive in case the first one fails: https://www.seagate.com/www-content/datasheets/pdfs/barracuda-pro-12-tbDS1901-7-1707US-en_US.pdf
  10. I7 6700k with 2 m.2 nvme ssds?

    Hi Battleship Yellow, Based on the description of your motherboard you can do it but not necessarily with a PCI card, both M.2 slots have the capability to work in PCIe mode but only one can receive SATA devices, which for what you are saying it doesn't make any difference: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Z170-DELUXE/specifications/ Having 2 M.2 drives shouldn't really affect the performance of the other components of the motherboard and if it does, some troubleshooting needs to be done to try to determine where might be the problem.
  11. Question regarding some Drives

    "Thank you very much! This helps me a LOT! You should really put this on your website." Answer: I'll pass your suggestion to the team in charge of the website. "So, then, what would be better for me a Barracuda 2TB or a FireCuda 2TB?" Answer: The FireCuda because you want something that loads faster and the FireCuda is a hybrid hard drive that can help you on that department. "Also, does the FireCuda SSHD have that Multi Tier Caching Technology?" Answer: It doesn't seem to be needed because it is a SSHD, that means that the cache is managed by the small SSD inside the hard drive, I will get back to you tomorrow to expand more this answer... "And finally, what are the differences of the Barracuda and Barracuda Pro drives? They are both 7200 RPM, but only the normal Barracuda appears to have that "Multi Tier Caching Technology". Thank you very much." Answer: So, we have a whitepaper explaining the way "Multi-Tier Caching Technology™" works, in a few words HDDs have DRAM to cache operations for performance. The DRAM can hold data before actually flushing it to the underlying disk. Multi-Tier caching explains that the drive use multiple stages to cache the data, essentially a reserved section on the disk that will store data without fragmentation to optimize performance since sequential operations are much faster than randoms for an HDD. So the data first goes to DRAM, then to media cache, then finally gets moved to the final location of the disk. With a higher RPM the technology to enhance the cache memory is not as needed as in the drives with lower RPMs but I will get back to you tomorrow to post a little bit more about this. Link to Multi-Tier whitepaper: https://www.seagate.com/files/www-content/product-content/barracuda-fam/barracuda-new/files/multi-tier-caching-technology-white-paper-2017.pdf Also some other differences is that the Pro version can stay on for more hours and that translates into the ability to support a heavier workload limit, besides they include data recovery plans and 5 years warranty. Features 3.5-Inch Pro Models: Power-On Hours per Year (24×7): 8760 Workload Rate Limit (TB/year): 300 Data Recovery and Rescue Services: Yes Limited Warranty (years): 5 Link: https://www.seagate.com/www-content/datasheets/pdfs/barracuda-pro-12-tbDS1901-7-1707US-en_US.pdf Features 3.5-Inch Models: Power-On Hours per Year (24×7): 2400 Workload Rate Limit (TB/Year): 55 Limited Warranty (years) 2 Link: https://www.seagate.com/www-content/datasheets/pdfs/3-5-barracudaDS1900-10-1802US-en_US.pdf
  12. Question regarding some Drives

    Sure thing! I am preparing an answer to your question but I will reply in the forum instead of PM, I saw it was posted there too... I'll get back to you any time soon.
  13. Question regarding some Drives

    Hello DanielMDA, There are different versions for the BarraCuda but to keep it simple all models RPM is 7200 except for the 2.5-Inch Models: 2.5-Inch Models: Spindle Speed (RPM): 5400 3.5-Inch Models Spindle Speed (RPM): 7200 2.5-Inch Pro Models Spindle Speed (RPM): 7200 3.5-Inch Pro Models Spindle Speed (RPM): 7200 Same way for the FireCuda, the 2.5-Inch models RPM is 5400 and for the 3.5 is 7200: 2.5-Inch Models: Spindle Speed (RPM): 54003.5-Inch Models Spindle Speed (RPM): 7200
  14. Would this msata ssd be compatible

    It should have a serial number or model number from the manufacturer that we could use to try to determine if it supports SATA 3 or not, chances are that it does support it given the time in which we are but it is always goo to double check. And just don't forget that the adapter you are purchasing to convert from mSATA to USB shouldn't give you any problem, the only thing you need to make sure is that the adapter receives SATA 3, I didn't see it in the description of the link you posted but again, in these times almost all devices will recognize SATA 3 due to fact that it has become the standard used for almost every manufacturer worldwide. Contacting Amazon would be a good idea.
  15. What Drive Should I Get? A Guide to the Mechanical HD Market

    Hi HeartOfGermany! Most of the cases the amount of drives in a RAID array shouldn't represent any type of limitations, we have seen people discussing about running 50+ drives in their set ups, the amount of drives that can be configured are usually not restricted by the hard drives, but by the user's other equipment like their motherboard, RAID controller, etc.