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09/01/2019 04:57:18 PM · #26
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by Ja-9:

As an internal hard drive vs a portable external hard drive? At this point my computer is resembling a boat anchor more and more. I'm trying to milk it until Christmas time for "the deals" it's 8 years old ish...so I don't think it's worth putting the $$ into this machine. If it was newer - probably.

Nooooo... All the good External Drives are solid state now. You can get 1 TB as cheap as 48 bux from Toshiba on Amazon, but that's USB 3.0... The quicker models are USB 3.1 and they sell for 10025 bux and up. Penny and I both have external SS drives now as well as internal ones. Great for your own personal photo backup, you can park it in a safety deposit box or something in case the house burns down :-)


Letís not go there given how my luck has been running lately!!!
09/01/2019 08:33:22 PM · #27
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

.. The quicker models are USB 3.1 and they sell for 10025 bux and up. ...
Perhaps a couple of extra zeros crept in there. Amazon has 1TB Samsung SSD external drives with USB 3.1 for $165 and 2TB for $300. May need to get one since image files are almost maxing out my internal drive now.
09/01/2019 08:41:47 PM · #28
Originally posted by Ja-9:

As an internal hard drive vs a portable external hard drive? At this point my computer is resembling a boat anchor more and more. I'm trying to milk it until Christmas time for "the deals" it's 8 years old ish...so I don't think it's worth putting the $$ into this machine. If it was newer - probably.

I had thought you were talking about a portable external. I agree to not put anything else into an 8 year old laptop.
09/01/2019 10:14:58 PM · #29
Originally posted by bob350:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

.. The quicker models are USB 3.1 and they sell for 10025 bux and up. ...
Perhaps a couple of extra zeros crept in there. Amazon has 1TB Samsung SSD external drives with USB 3.1 for $165 and 2TB for $300. May need to get one since image files are almost maxing out my internal drive now.

Hah, you got that right :-) 100 25 = one hundred twenty-five LOL. 125 is what I was shooting for...
09/02/2019 12:27:36 AM · #30
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

Originally posted by Ja-9:

As an internal hard drive vs a portable external hard drive? At this point my computer is resembling a boat anchor more and more. I'm trying to milk it until Christmas time for "the deals" it's 8 years old ish...so I don't think it's worth putting the $$ into this machine. If it was newer - probably.

I had thought you were talking about a portable external. I agree to not put anything else into an 8 year old laptop.


I donít put anything on my internal HD - learned that lesson on the last laptop/desktop! I only put my pictures on EHDís!
09/02/2019 12:42:11 AM · #31
So then my suggestion stands. Upgrade to a more durable external SSD.
09/02/2019 01:04:22 AM · #32
Originally posted by Ja-9:

I donít put anything on my internal HD - learned that lesson on the last laptop/desktop! I only put my pictures on EHDís!

Why not on both? That's what I do. I work on internal because it is faster than even USB 3.1 and then backup to external. In fact should do it today as I haven't done it for a while.
09/02/2019 02:26:00 AM · #33
Originally posted by marnet:

Originally posted by Ja-9:

I donít put anything on my internal HD - learned that lesson on the last laptop/desktop! I only put my pictures on EHDís!

Why not on both? That's what I do. I work on internal because it is faster than even USB 3.1 and then backup to external. In fact should do it today as I haven't done it for a while.


With every picture you add to your IHD it slows down your computer - thatís why I donít put/store any pictures on my computer - and I donít remotely notice any lag from it going to n from my EHD.

Iíll look in to the SSD Steve - Iíll probably go that way once I get this EHD recovered.
09/02/2019 02:41:51 AM · #34
Originally posted by Ja-9:

With every picture you add to your IHD it slows down your computer

That's strange, you must have a very small internal drive in your laptop. I have a desktop with 1TB SSD and three 4TB HDs, I guess that makes a difference (?)
09/02/2019 04:13:47 AM · #35
Originally posted by marnet:

Originally posted by Ja-9:

With every picture you add to your IHD it slows down your computer

That's strange, you must have a very small internal drive in your laptop. I have a desktop with 1TB SSD and three 4TB HDs, I guess that makes a difference (?)


Totally - my OS (C Drive) has 116 GB (roll of my eyes!). And my D Drive has 950 GB - pitifully insufficient. But I do have a gaming laptop and 8 years ago it was considered to be very good. Shrug
09/02/2019 05:27:20 AM · #36
Just to add, when one of my WD Passport drives failed to read on my PC due to an issue with the enclosure, I was unable to read the hard drive due to some encryption that was performed by the enclosure. To enable me to read the drive I would have had to purchase the exact same enclosure but to save money I just bought the interface board from Ebay for about 20 dollars and that worked a treat. You would only need to do this if your drive is encrytped
09/02/2019 07:07:09 AM · #37
Originally posted by P-A-U-L:

Just to add, when one of my WD Passport drives failed to read on my PC due to an issue with the enclosure, I was unable to read the hard drive due to some encryption that was performed by the enclosure. To enable me to read the drive I would have had to purchase the exact same enclosure but to save money I just bought the interface board from Ebay for about 20 dollars and that worked a treat. You would only need to do this if your drive is encrytped


How would I know? I donít think it is???
09/02/2019 07:10:00 AM · #38
Originally posted by Ja-9:

Originally posted by P-A-U-L:

Just to add, when one of my WD Passport drives failed to read on my PC due to an issue with the enclosure, I was unable to read the hard drive due to some encryption that was performed by the enclosure. To enable me to read the drive I would have had to purchase the exact same enclosure but to save money I just bought the interface board from Ebay for about 20 dollars and that worked a treat. You would only need to do this if your drive is encrytped


How would I know? I donít think it is???


If it is encrypted and you connect it to your PC via cable or via a caddy then I suspect it will let you know it is encrypted. Hopefully it is not though. I have had a few die and only one was encrypted.
10/17/2019 11:19:12 PM · #39
Well, I'm back....it appears that I'm going to have to send my WD Passport in to have the files recovered -

Who's done this?

How much did it cost? (big tears here)

What was your success? (holding my breath)

Any advice? (other than "don't drop it"...sigh)

Someone please talk me off my very little ledge!!!

Oh, boy - sooooo many lessons learned here...so many!!!
12/27/2019 12:14:50 PM · #40
Originally posted by marnet:

Originally posted by Ja-9:

With every picture you add to your IHD it slows down your computer

That's strange, you must have a very small internal drive in your laptop. I have a desktop with 1TB SSD and three 4TB HDs, I guess that makes a difference (?)


Your computer does not slow down based on what you put on it data wise. Unless you drop below a threshold on space. For instance Windows will operated with as little as 10 percent available free space. The bottleneck occurs when you run out of space for your page file to operate. My suggestion is to upgrade when you have the money to a dual internal SSD laptop and also have an external HHD. Remember, it's only backed up if it is in more than one place.

PS Does the external HDD make an y sounds when plugged in? Any smell? Dropped is probably damaged head or platter. If so there are pay services but the price can vary depending on how damaged the HDD is. Also no all HDD's are recoverable. Over 30 years of working on them to tell you if you love your data back it up. I have 6 backup locations. From cloud based to 24 tb raid 5 in my main system. Off site in three locations. I almost lost everything one time in my life from HDD failure. Not doing that again! Hope this helps
12/27/2019 12:18:48 PM · #41
Originally posted by Ja-9:

Well, I'm back....it appears that I'm going to have to send my WD Passport in to have the files recovered -

Who's done this?

How much did it cost? (big tears here)

What was your success? (holding my breath)

Any advice? (other than "don't drop it"...sigh)

Someone please talk me off my very little ledge!!!

Oh, boy - sooooo many lessons learned here...so many!!!


Data recovery services
50/50 chance of recovery from what you have described.
Advice. A backup must be in more than one location. HDD's are cheaper than recreating all your memories.
Expect the worst. Hope for the best. Worst case you learned how unreliable technology is.

Thanks
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