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About seagate_surfer

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  1. Recommendations for a PCI SATA RAID Controller please...

    You could always look at something with Thunderbolt (where performance is a priority) such as LaCie Big.
  2. Need suggestions with this build

    Thanks for considering Seagate. We are around if you need any questions answered on the hard drive.
  3. Need help finding pc

    As far as which of our hard drives fit that spec for your needs, look for a 3.5" BarraCuda capacities 1-3TB, model numbers here.
  4. My HDD has a Bad Sector

    Sorry to hear you're having trouble. Sometimes our official diagnostic software SeaTools can fix bad sectors, we recommend running it and using the "Fix all" feature under "basic tests". Sometimes chkdsk can also repair them. Just keep in mind fixing sectors, if possible, will have a high chance of erasing data on those sectors, so back up anything possible before running fix tests. Worth a shot. Here's a guideline on how to use it from our Knowledge Base: How to use SeaTools for Windows If you would like to check whether or not the drive is in warranty, you can use our Warranty Validation Tool.
  5. Just saying HI

    Hi Marco, benvenuto. We are around if you have questions on our drives or anything really that a storage manufacturer may be able to contribute value on.
  6. 2x 8TB Externals. Which one?

    We are sorry to hear you haven't had much luck with our products in the past. We'd like to work something out with you as far as making it right, if you would like to send us a PM, we can work out the details.
  7. Synology or Buffalo?

    Do you already know which drive(s) you're going to be using in this system? One potential advantage of the Synology is if you pair it with compatible IronWolf & IronWolf Pro drives, you gain advanced system health monitoring known as IronWolf Health Management (also works with select Asustor & Thecus enclosures) which uses baselines and expands beyond what traditional SMART monitoring provides.
  8. HDDs for 24/7 File/Plex Server?

    Fixed, sorry, link wasn't set up right. It should be now. *hangs head in shame*
  9. HDDs for 24/7 File/Plex Server?

    Regardless of which brand you choose to go with, you will want to go with drives engineered for NAS. Even if you aren't using a NAS vendor's box such as Synology, QNAP, Asustor, etc., if you go with RAID, then you still want these quality of drives because the same things that make them good for a NAS make them good for any RAID, and most NAS devices tend to be running some flavor of RAID anyways. It may seem tempting to just go with whichever desktop drive you can get your hands on in a budget pinch, but the thinking behind NAS drives is that by having drives equipped both physically and with firmware to handle the wear-and-tear of a RAID environment, you better protect your investment by keeping both performance and longevity a priority when you purchase the drives up-front. RAID arrays create a lot of heat & vibration considerations, and the firmware on NAS drives takes this into consideration to protect your drives in ways that normal desktop drives can't/don't. Here are a couple of our resources which may help better understand choosing the right drive for the right job: YouTube Vid: Right Drive, Right Job StorageReview Article: Pick The Right Drive for the Right Job - 24/7 NAS HDDs vs Desktop HDDs
  10. Playstation storage device swap

    According to PS4 documentation, you will need a USB device to backup your data to. The process is outlined on their help pages here: Back up and restore PS4 HDD As far as which drive you decide to go with, there's nothing wrong with going SSD, it's certainly doable. A lot of users just find that it's not quite cost-effective for the level of performance gain and storage capacity. You've mentioned you're over 500GB in games, which means probably a minimum 1TB storage drive, 2TB if you want ample room to go. So for the price, one option that gives you more capacity & a 5 year warranty while still prioritizing performance would be our FireCuda, a Solid-State Hybrid Drive. Here is a EuroGamer review on how it jives with the PS4 If you do go this route, just make sure it is the 2.5" version, so it will fit in the PS4. Good luck, regardless of which route you decide to go in the end!
  11. External Drive for Backup

    Just wanted to share a little bit of info from a storage manufacturer perspective here. You're on the right track that which OS a drive is compatible is less about the physical drive itself being compatible/incompatible in some way, and more to do with the file system format. Some drives get branded "for Mac" because they either have a Mac-branded look and/or come preformatted for the Mac. Mac and Windows each have a file system type that is considered mainstream to them, Mac's is called HFS+ (newer gen SSD file system they're integrating is APFS) and Windows' is called NTFS. There are a couple of ways to get around this restriction, however. The first, and probably most common, is to format/reformat to what is called exFAT, which is a file system that both Mac and Windows can understand. However. if you already have files on the drive as either NTFS or HFS+ that you don't want to lose via reformatting, then there is a driver you can get called Paragon, which actually allows Mac to handle NTFS and Windows to handle HFS+, so no need for a reformat. Some users prefer this method because exFAT is considered to be somewhat more susceptible to file corruption.
  12. What's the oldest piece of tech you still use?

    Glad to hear that FreeAgent Desk is still kicking for you
  13. getting bios screen when starting/restarting pc

    Another idea would be to change your boot order, sometimes the system gets somehow "confused" as to which drive to boot from, in your bios configuration, you should be able to go into something that says something along the lines of "boot order" or "boot options" and switch around which drive it tries to boot from. Just make sure to choose the right one as top priority and exit with saved changes.
  14. Warranty Plan

    If you build a PC, most of your components will have some level of warranty on their own. For example, our standard internal desktop drives come with 2 years and some of our more premium-ended gear comes with 5 years warranty.
  15. USB 3.0 Built into desk

    Just wanted to drop in and say this sounds like a cool setup, wouldn't mind seeing pics of the desk either.