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post #121 of 256
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Originally Posted by cybrsage View Post

In 9 months (at the latest) the prices will be back to where they were prior to the flooding.

That sucks. I really need a 2TB drive, maybe 2 of them! I was going to buy them the second I saw the local shop posting about the shortage and prices hadnt gone up yet. They've now doubled and I just cant justify spending double!
post #122 of 256
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Originally Posted by joners View Post

That sucks. I really need a 2TB drive, maybe 2 of them! I was going to buy them the second I saw the local shop posting about the shortage and prices hadnt gone up yet. They've now doubled and I just cant justify spending double!

Go to Costco or some other places and you can still buy an external Seagate for $129 or less. Then just take the hard disk out of the enclosure and use it as you always wouldd
post #123 of 256
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Originally Posted by whiteboy714 View Post

Seagate 2tb's for $75
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Seagate+...rive&cp=1&lp=4

LOL...it ended up on the front page of fatwallet and the ferengi took out Best Buy's website's ordering system :-)
Reviews say this has the dreaded "click of death" and some of them only last a month, so I didn't think it was a great idea...
post #124 of 256
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Originally Posted by Zon2020 View Post

Go to Costco or some other places and you can still buy an external Seagate for $129 or less. Then just take the hard disk out of the enclosure and use it as you always wouldd

That is true...Not really a fan of Seagate just due to a few RMA's done on them but could at least tie me over until prices go back to where they were.
post #125 of 256
Knock on wood but I have a 2yr old 2TB Seagate Barracuda XT and a 1yr old Seagate 1TB that are still going strong. The 1TB had a weird issue that it would rattle like crazy in an Antec Microfusion 350 case but it's quiet otherwise. I recently had to buy a 250GB Seagate because it was all they had.

I much prefer the 1TB & 2TB Samsungs for media-related builds and 320GB WD3200AAxx drives for everyday builds.
post #126 of 256
Speaking of Samsung, what a total b*tch to update the firmware on the F4EG HD204UI drives.
post #127 of 256
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Originally Posted by StardogChampion View Post

Speaking of Samsung, what a total b*tch to update the firmware on the F4EG HD204UI drives.

Why are you updating? No real need if your drive was made in 2011.
post #128 of 256
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Originally Posted by StardogChampion View Post

Speaking of Samsung, what a total b*tch to update the firmware on the F4EG HD204UI drives.

Why do you bother updating the firmware on a hard disk?

I've never done this once in my life. Hard disks always seem to work just fine. Is there something I'm missing?
post #129 of 256
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Originally Posted by joners View Post

That is true...Not really a fan of Seagate just due to a few RMA's done on them but could at least tie me over until prices go back to where they were.

Agreed. I haven't bought a Seagate in years, on purpose. But if someone really needs a hard disk, Seagate external drives seem to be the most commonly available at reasonable prices.

I haven't seen any reasonably priced Hitachis or Samsungs anywhere.

Thankfully, I bought a couple of 1.5TB Hitachi Coolspins recently when they were on special for $49.99 at Micro Center. Didn't have any idea what I would ever do with them, but now I'm glad I have them sitting on the shelf at home.

Or, in a couple of weeks, maybe I could sell them on eBay for about $150 each. I think I have 2 or 3 1TB drives around too. I might be able to make enough profit to buy a new iPad2.
post #130 of 256
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Originally Posted by StardogChampion View Post

Speaking of Samsung, what a total b*tch to update the firmware on the F4EG HD204UI drives.

Really? Took me like 10 minutes.
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Originally Posted by Zon2020 View Post

Why do you bother updating the firmware on a hard disk?

I've never done this once in my life. Hard disks always seem to work just fine. Is there something I'm missing?

Some of those sammys had an issue and needed a fw update.
post #131 of 256
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by whiteboy714 View Post

Some of those sammys had an issue and needed a fw update.

Only the ones made in 2010. Those should be loooong gone by now. I haven't had a 2010 drive in over 9 months or so.
post #132 of 256
You can't trust the manufacture date on the F4EG HD204UI or even the firmware rev. Mine had the old firmware even though I bought it last month. When it has the new firmware, the utility does nothing. When I ran it, it did the update. That is actually the only way to know. The utility does not update the firmware revi either so it's not possible to look at the revision and know if it's been updated. Completely stupid.

The PITA was making a DOS bootable USB and then getting the utility to actually find the drive (had to be on SATA port 0). It's ridiculous they make customers deal with that. When I had to do some Kingston SSD firmware updates (also a data corruption issue) they has an ISO you burned to CD, inserted, booted and it did its thing.
post #133 of 256
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Originally Posted by Zon2020 View Post

Why do you bother updating the firmware on a hard disk?

I've never done this once in my life. Hard disks always seem to work just fine. Is there something I'm missing?

http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...204ui+firmware
post #134 of 256
Went over to the Target near me last night and picked up a 2 terrabyte WD Essential outboard drive for $90, opened the case and put the drive in my htpc. I know I voided the warranty but it's only 1 year on this drive-so no big loss. Might go back and buy another before they're all gone.
post #135 of 256
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Originally Posted by zrdb View Post

Went over to the Target near me last night and picked up a 2 terrabyte WD Essential outboard drive last night for $90, opened the case and put the drive in my htpc. I know I voided the warranty but it's only a 1 year warranty on this drive-so no big loss. Might go back and buy another before they're all gone.

I wish I had the cash lying around for one of these last deals its killing me. I am kind of moving around some data on my server to maximize my space. I think I have about a terabyte available but its spread across multiple drives. Hopefully that will do until this is all over.
post #136 of 256
post #137 of 256
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Originally Posted by kenyee View Post

Reviews say this {Seagate Barracuda} has the dreaded "click of death" and some of them only last a month, so I didn't think it was a great idea...

Meh.

Depending on your source, 1-3% of hard drives fail.

That's about the same failure rate of condoms preventing pregnancy. I think most would agree that a condom "failure" would be worse than losing some downloaded TV shows.....yet this degree of effectiveness is widely acceptable to people.

If my HDD choice is a $75 2TB drive (Seagate) vs. a $150 2TB drive (Samsung), I feel ok going with the cheaper option given those odds. We're all backing up anyway, right? RIGHT???
post #138 of 256
Newegg had an open box 3TB 7500RPM for $99 last night!!!!!! I missed it!
post #139 of 256
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Originally Posted by Mondo Rock View Post

Man - just bought the SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive for $129.99 on Newegg on 10/26/11.

Price just jumped to $159.99

EEKK !!!

Same drive, jumped again on newegg.com to $229.99 - 11/5/11.

Prices are going crazy!
post #140 of 256
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Originally Posted by Mondo Rock View Post

Same drive, jumped again on newegg.com to $229.99 - 11/5/11.

Prices are going crazy!

Can buy a new CPU at that price....
post #141 of 256
Just picked up 3 of these, $86 each with tax:
Western Digital - Caviar Green 2TB

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+...0HNC&cp=1&lp=1

Jack
post #142 of 256
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Originally Posted by johnjack11 View Post

Just picked up 3 of these, $86 each with tax:
Western Digital - Caviar Green 2TB

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+...0HNC&cp=1&lp=1

Jack

Dammit!!! They wont ship it! I'd have a few shipped to the parcel depot and go down and pick them up.
post #143 of 256
I have three, only need the one really. Willing to help a member out if they need storage.

Jack
post #144 of 256
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Originally Posted by AVTechMan View Post

Can buy a new CPU at that price....

Can buy 4 uber cheap cpu's at that price or one really nice one, just not a super high end power monster. It's scary how hard drives now cost over 3x what they were last year around black friday and what they were only a month ago.
post #145 of 256
Does anybody know if I crack open a Seagate GoFlex Desk to use as an internal drive, do I have to do any formatting?
I just purchased a couple of the 4TB drives, and would like to eventually use them internally, or in some sort of nas. For now I would like to just save my files to them, and hopefully not have to reformat when cracking the case open.


Thanks!
post #146 of 256
See no reason why you would have to format them.

Would probably void warranty opening them up though.
post #147 of 256
Unless its some raid with two drives or something then it should just be a normal drive with normal connectors.
post #148 of 256
I have two 2-TB drives that still have no data on them. Maybe I should sell them!!
post #149 of 256
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Originally Posted by whiteboy714 View Post

Unless its some raid with two drives or something then it should just be a normal drive with normal connectors.

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Originally Posted by johnjack11 View Post

See no reason why you would have to format them.

Would probably void warranty opening them up though.



Thanks. They are just Seagate single 4tb drives (the new Goflex Desk). I just did not know if they format the drives differently being usb only (they are MBR, not GPT) Any advantage to converting to GPT?

Thanks
post #150 of 256
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Originally Posted by johnjack11 View Post

Just picked up 3 of these, $86 each with tax:
Western Digital - Caviar Green 2TB

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+...0HNC&cp=1&lp=1

Jack

They will only let me order one. Ordered one in my name and one in wife's. We will have to go into the store tomorrow and pick them up as they wouldn't ship them.

edit: Before I ordered I checked on NewEgg what they are selling this drive for..... $229!!!! That's insane!
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