Hard Drives Explained, Testing Bench Marks and the Future – HT128

Home-Tech-Album-125x125_thumb1_thumb1Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by by Andrew Morris (@unrealshots), Christian Johnson (@TheWizBM), Windows Home Server MVP John Zajdler (@Dieharder) and John Stutsman (@JohnStutsman) for Home Tech episode #128

What is the status of the modern hard drive?  We will cover what we own, how we fix them, SSD v Spinners, WD Reds v Greens, do faster drives matter, where we buy them, tools to work with them and how they are constructed.

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[5:30] John Z talks about his gear]

Western Digital 3TB Green Drives – http://amzn.com/B004RORMF6

Western Digital Enterprise RE4-GP 2TB SATA 3 Gb/s 3.5″ 64MB IntelliPower Internal Hard Drive – OEM/Bare by Western Digital – http://amzn.com/B002B7EIVC

Sans Digital 4 Bay SATA to USB 3.0 JBOD USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure – Black – http://amzn.com/B005JW6VXY

[12:30] John S talks about his gear]

Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB SATA II 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Internal Desktop Hard Drive – http://amzn.com/B001UE8LRE

WD Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache – WD20EARX – http://amzn.com/B004VFJ9MK

Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB SATA III 64 MB Cache Bare/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD30EZRX – http://amzn.com/B004RORMF6

WD Red 3 TB NAS Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache – WD30EFRX – http://amzn.com/B008JJLW4M

Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Internal Desktop Hard Drive – WD2002FAEX – http://amzn.com/B004CSIG1G

Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001  – http://amzn.com/B005T3GRLY


Cheap source for older and white label hard drives – http://www.goharddrive.com

Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW – http://amzn.com/B009NB8WRU

Home Server Show Forums – http://homeservershow.com/forums

[24:59] Roundtable discussion on hard drive tools]

Built in tools for Windows 7 and 8 – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/formatting-disks-and-drives-frequently-asked-questions

Stable Bit Drive Scanner – http://stablebit.com/scanner

ATTO – http://www.attotech.com/disk-benchmark/

Crystal Sisk Mark – http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskMark/index-e.html

HD Tune – http://www.hdtune.com/

Windows Health Report –  http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/performing-a-system-health-report/fc457bfa-98e4-41f1-a62b-15ec7220e6a4

[32:10] Andrew talks about hard drive use in the enterprise]

[35:40] the future of hard drives and storage]

HighPoint 8-Port PCI-Express 2.0 x8 SAS/SATA 6Gb/s non-RAID Controller Components Rocket 2720SGL – http://amzn.com/B007EM7N98


Drobo 5N 5-Bay NAS Storage Array, Gigabit Ethernet (DRDS4A21) – http://amzn.com/B00AMAJGOO

Crucial m4 256GB mSATA Internal Solid State Drive CT256M4SSD3 –  http://amzn.com/B0085J17UA

Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch) by Samsung – http://amzn.com/B009LL9VDG


John’s Educational Links – http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5190-microserver-hardware-links/

[58:31] Updates]

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