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Salvaging hdd to use

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sindakit, Nov 17, 2011.

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  1. sindakit

    sindakit Thread Starter

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    Hey guys,

    I was thinking of tearing apart an old Sky plus box and grabbing the hard drive. Is it possible to then format this and use it as an external hdd? Also I was thinking of getting a portable housing to use with it, is this I'll-advised? Will the constant moving maybe damage the hdd, if do I'll just leave it static at my desktop.

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  2. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    What is a "Sky plus box?"

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    EDIT: Misunderstood.

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    I'd purchase an external harddrive from a retail store for the sake of security for the drive, but that's just me.
     
  3. Hughv

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    Can't say as I've ever heard of an expensive SSD being used as an external drive. There would be no advantage I can think of.
    Go ahead and do it. Most externals are standard drives and will last a long time if handled properly.
     
  4. Elvandil

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    An SSD is probably the best external drive you can have. The reason that externals are the most unreliable of all storage media is that they can be moved, jostled, and dropped too easily. At least an SSD would be able to take more abuse than a delicate mechanical drive.
     
  5. Hughv

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    Maybe it's not so simple.
    "Reliability is a sensitive subject, and we've spent many hours on the phone with multiple vendors and their customers trying to conduct our own research based on the SSDs that are currently being used en masse. The only definitive conclusion we can reach right now is that you should take any claim of reliability from an SSD vendor with a grain of salt....Giving credit where it is due, many of the IT managers we interviewed reiterated that Intel's SLC-based SSDs are the shining standard by which others are measured. But according to Dr. Hughes, there's nothing to suggest that its products are significantly more reliable than the best hard drive solutions.

    Investigation: Is Your SSD More Reliable Than A Hard Drive?
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-reliability-failure-rate,2923.html
     
  6. Elvandil

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    Reliability is not the issue with external drives. It is resistance to impact, which has no relation to reliability.

    SSD's can be expected to have shorter lives overall, anyway, since they can only be written to in the neighborhood of 100's of times as opposed to millions for mechanical drives. As they age, the usable space becomes smaller and smaller. Algorithms are used to keep track of how many times each sector has been written and lesser used sectors are written to preferentally so that writes are distributed evenly over the drive and no sector reaches it end of lifespan too soon.
     
  7. Hughv

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    I actually have some experience with this, having dropped an SSD while it was running. There's an actual dent in the corner of my laptop, but the drive still works perfectly. You're correct on this point, in my experience.
    However, I don't know any one who'd pay $500.00 for a 256GB external drive. Would you?
    I see no advantage in using these drives in this way, given the cost and unknown reliability.
    I know people who have damaged externals by mis-handling them, but a careless klutz can probably break anything.
     
  8. sindakit

    sindakit Thread Starter

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    Is the drive in a sky+ box SSD? I never knew this I thought it was just a regular 500gb HDD. I'll look more into this and find out.
     
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