Time for new hard drives?


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PC started off as Vista, now Win 10.
Boot up is on an ssd, but I also have 2 (internal) 3.5 hard drives - both for storage. Both 1TB , 64 cache, and 7200 rpms
One is a Western Digital black # wd1003fzex-00mk2a0 and almost 7yrs old. This one is for documents, photos, music.

the other is a Toshiba p300. Model# hdwd110. And about 4 yrs old. This one for library back ups and images (using Aoemi backerupper).

so based on the “if its not broken dont fix it” category - should leave them alone or buy a new set of hard drives?
and if so which brand/model the most reliable?
 
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I am on a low budget. In your situation, as you have no apparent problems, I would carry on using the disk, but ensure you have regular images on , preferably, an external.
If you are looking for an increase in overall performance, then, certainly, consider exchanging any standard HD's for SSD's.
 

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Yeah, I totally agree. Leave well enough alone and upgrade as needed. I'd keep an eye on the Toshiba drive as those are known and prone to fail.
 
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When you see "known brand" 1Tb SSDs on sale at one of the big places places like NewEgg or even on Amazon, replace the HDDs one at a time. This will improve speed and lower the load on the PC both heat in the box and on the PSU.
 
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Well unless you have all the information on both of them hard drives backed up regularly. I would replace them. Hard Drives are very inexpensive nowadays. I prefer WD Blacks myself. However for DATA only drives the Blues are good too. I found in the past that it pays to trial-run new HD for a couple of weeks before committing all your data to them. Especially the WD Blacks it seems if they are going to fail it will happen rather quickly within a couple of weeks.
Actually nowadays you probably only need one 2 TB drive to replace both, this is less than $100
leaving you money to purchases a 4TB External USB 3.0 hard drive to back up everything on regular basics.
Or just buy the 4TB backup drive and then you can safely use the other 2 hard drives until they fail.
 
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Well unless you have all the information on both of them hard drives backed up regularly. I would replace them. Hard Drives are very inexpensive nowadays. I prefer WD Blacks myself. However for DATA only drives the Blues are good too. I found in the past that it pays to trial-run new HD for a couple of weeks before committing all your data to them. Especially the WD Blacks it seems if they are going to fail it will happen rather quickly within a couple of weeks.
Actually nowadays you probably only need one 2 TB drive to replace both, this is less than $100
leaving you money to purchases a 4TB External USB 3.0 hard drive to back up everything on regular basics.
Or just buy the 4TB backup drive and then you can safely use the other 2 hard drives until they fail.
So then for backing up us HHD rather then SSD? And if so the size of the drive itself - whether a 1 TB or a 4 TB are equal in terms of reliability? I had 2 Seagate Barracudas fail 7 yrs ago, so not a fan and reason why I got a Western Digital and a Toshiba - in terms of not sticking to just one brand.
 
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Well, that is true however 4 Tb SSD are available and not likely to fail. I have a 1 TB Samsung 950 Pro that I have been using since 2012 for data storage they warranty is for 10 years. There a now 4TB Samsung Evo's Amazon.com: SAMSUNG 860 PRO SSD 1TB - 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal Solid State Drive with MLC V-NAND Technology (MZ-76P1T0BW): Computers & Accessories
I'm sure one would outlast several Spinner hard drives. I myself use all SSD in my Notebooks and my desktop for OS and slowly moving to all SSD. Back up I run 2TB and 3TB external hard drives I just change them out every 3 years if there still running. I have 2 alternating daily backups Plus a Twice daily backup of Important files these are programs that I use daily all day long. if you watch Amazon on Samsung drives the prices fluctuate a lot. Right now that 4TB SSD is pretty pricy as compared to a Fantom G-Force USB 3.0 Fantom Drives G-Force 3 Professional 7200 RPM USB 3.0 - G-FORCE 3 PRO - USB 3.0 - 7200 RPM SERIES - EXTERNAL HDD
I personally use eSATA external as they seem to be much more reliable than USB 3.0 however USB 3.1 Gen 1 and Gen 2 have become quite reliable. I am loyal to Fantom for external there 7200 RPM line uses WD Blacks. Their warranty is golden and the only failure that i have within 3 year period has been the 2 TB that I use on my DirecTV external. these hard drives run 24 - 7 365. Since when you use an EXternal Hard Drive on DTV DVR all data goes through the hard drive some have lasted 5 years I don't change these out until they fail since I can't transfer the stored data to a new hard drive.
 
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Well, that is true however 4 Tb SSD are available and not likely to fail. I have a 1 TB Samsung 950 Pro that I have been using since 2012 for data storage they warranty is for 10 years. There a now 4TB Samsung Evo's Amazon.com: SAMSUNG 860 PRO SSD 1TB - 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal Solid State Drive with MLC V-NAND Technology (MZ-76P1T0BW): Computers & Accessories
I'm sure one would outlast several Spinner hard drives. I myself use all SSD in my Notebooks and my desktop for OS and slowly moving to all SSD. Back up I run 2TB and 3TB external hard drives I just change them out every 3 years if there still running. I have 2 alternating daily backups Plus a Twice daily backup of Important files these are programs that I use daily all day long. if you watch Amazon on Samsung drives the prices fluctuate a lot. Right now that 4TB SSD is pretty pricy as compared to a Fantom G-Force USB 3.0 Fantom Drives G-Force 3 Professional 7200 RPM USB 3.0 - G-FORCE 3 PRO - USB 3.0 - 7200 RPM SERIES - EXTERNAL HDD
I personally use eSATA external as they seem to be much more reliable than USB 3.0 however USB 3.1 Gen 1 and Gen 2 have become quite reliable. I am loyal to Fantom for external there 7200 RPM line uses WD Blacks. Their warranty is golden and the only failure that i have within 3 year period has been the 2 TB that I use on my DirecTV external. these hard drives run 24 - 7 365. Since when you use an EXternal Hard Drive on DTV DVR all data goes through the hard drive some have lasted 5 years I don't change these out until they fail since I can't transfer the stored data to a new hard drive.
 
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Thanks and did not catch my first sentance before hitting reply. Should have been “ So then for backing up is HHD rather then SSD best for storage back ups?”

I am not sure what warranty period is on my drives as i cant find the receipts. Even if covered, its not the money but if a complete loss then no way to recover the data. I do though have Steve Gibsons old spin write, which I dont even remember how to use.
 
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Thanks and did not catch my first sentance before hitting reply. Should have been “ So then for backing up is HHD rather then SSD best for storage back ups?”

I am not sure what warranty period is on my drives as i cant find the receipts. Even if covered, its not the money but if a complete loss then no way to recover the data. I do though have Steve Gibsons old spin write, which I dont even remember how to use.
Well I say that SSDs are far more reliable than Hard Drive, However, hard drives are a lot better now than they were 5 years ago and you get a lot more space per $
Protecting your data can only be assured is your back up in at least 2 separate places. As I said earlier I back up to two different hard drives. And What I didn't mention earlier is that I also have a live back up going on the cloud. Currently, I'm using I-Drive This cloud back up is just for my most important files. I don't back up movies or other nonessential files.
What is best is what you can afford. If I could afford 8 4TB SSD I would be using them for backup, I can't so my next best option is to use external hard drives and rotate them out at warranty end of Life I haven't had one crap out on me is several years other than the ones that I use on my DTV DVR
let me clarify one thing I only speak this way of Samsung SSD, Some others might be good too but my experience is they are top of the line for good reason.
 
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