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General HDD question

by seoulsux / March 12, 2008 7:49 AM PDT

Hi guys I've got a couple questions about HDD's so bear with me.

I have about 200-300 DVDs worth of info I want to back up on a hdd. I was thinking of getting 2-3 hitachi desktar 7k1000 1TB internal hard drive's to transfer the contents of my dvd's to and use as a storage. I read that the two most important thing to think about when choosing a HDD are the RPM and the storage size. I've noticed that there are a some HDD's that have the same storage size and RPM, but different data transfer rates's and sometimes different memory buffers.

Is the transfer from DVDs to HDDs completely dependant on the read speed of my dvd drive, or does the RPM, Storage size and buffer of the HDD play a part?

Another thing I'm curious about. I notice alot of HDD's targetted at gamers are small in capacity but high in RPM's or are SSD's. Is this so the gamer can transfer files to another larger HDD more quickly?

If I'm using a second HDD as a storage device, do I need to install the same OS on it, that's on my primary HDD?

The point of all this is I download a lot of anime (which have become bigger in file sizes because of the jump to HD)and am constantly burning them onto dvd's because my laptop has very low storage space and is old. I want to get a new comp that primarily does two things. Can play up to 1080p h/x.264 .avi/mkv files and can transfer data quickly to a large storage HDD.

Thanks for any help Happy

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Is this backup?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 12, 2008 8:05 AM PDT
In reply to: General HDD question

If we read the NIST study on DVD life span we see we are well past 25 years to 100 years under ideal conditions. That hard disk has a 5 year warranty, no write protection and the parts degrade with time.

To me your plan sounds like an easy access solution but fails to be "backup."


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by seoulsux / March 12, 2008 9:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Is this backup?

Isn't it easier/more convienent to for me to have my data on a large hard drive, when it can be easily organized and accessed, than having it on dvd's that can easily get messed up? I've already lost about 50GB's worth of data from scratched/messed up dvd's. I still go back frequently and watch anime series off alot of my dvd's, but it's inconvient having to keep swapping out disk's in order to watch the next eps in a series. I'm gonna get a blu-ray burner later on to keep a second backup, but for now a large HDD seems to be a good idea Happy

I know HDD's fail all the time, but I think in this case it isn't a bad idea.

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Nobody can help?
by seoulsux / March 13, 2008 12:25 AM PDT
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So nobody can answer any of these questions for me? Sad

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Is the transfer from DVDs to HDDs completely dependant on
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 13, 2008 12:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Nobody can help?

Is the transfer from DVDs to HDDs completely dependant on the read speed of my dvd drive, or does the RPM, Storage size and buffer of the HDD play a part?

The DVD speed is a fraction of your HDD speed. That answers that.


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Thanks alot
by seoulsux / March 13, 2008 1:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Nobody can help?

Well thanks for answering that for me at least :). I guess I'll just get that those 1TB Hitachi HDDs and use them.

On a personal note, did I do something to offend you in some way Bob? You're responses seem a little bit cold, or like you're annoyed. If I did upset you, I'm sorry for whatever I did. Either way I appreciate any feedback I get Happy

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 13, 2008 1:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks alot

But I answer a few questions and have a few discussions under way. I've tried in the past to write "chummy" replies and people can't dissect where the answer is. So rather than spend time on that I'll boil it down to the Q and the A.

This is not a sign I feel slighted.

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