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Flood göndermek, insanların floodlarını okumak ve diğer insanlarla bağlantı kurmak için sosyal Floodlar ve Flood Yanıtları Motorumuza giriş yapın.

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Question on Western Digital hard drives

I am intending to buy a WD 14TB Elements Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive during the black friday sale. However, I have heard conflicting reviews about the product. The majority of reviews I have read are that people trust the product, it is reliable, no frills,does its job well for its price, and is generally less likely to fail than seagate equivalents. On the other hand, I read reviews saying the product failed on them after just several months of use, some even stating the thing crashed on first use.

This is a pretty big purchase for me (poor college student here) and I am a complete techno noob. I intend to use this hard drive as a backup of all important files from my computer over the years. I am still more inclined towards buying it, but have since been rather apprehensive after reading the reviews. Thought getting some feedback about the product from the community here would be useful in my decision!

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  1. Any storage device can fail at any time, for any reason, with or without notice. This is why it’s critical to backup your backup!

  2. >I intend to use this hard drive as a ***backup*** of all important files from my computer over the years.

    As long as you recognize that if your ***only copy*** is on your ***backup*** drive, it’s not a backup. 🙂

    If you can physically visit a Best Buy and use a laptop to verify in front of the manager that the drive is really a 14TB and hasn’t been swapped for something smaller by some less-scrupled previous owner, that would be the best situation. Once you’ve confirmed that it’s genuine, you can leave the store and not worry that the life savings of a poor college student have gone down the drain. From that point on, the WD warranty can be your friend.

    Next, after getting the drive home, test and test again. The drive should already have Western Digital’s Windows-based software on it. But, you probably want a second opinion before you trust it. 🙂 There are plenty of suggestions (and debates) about test software. A pair of ***full-surface, kitchen sink tests*** will take a few days, not minutes, but it’s well worth the peace of mind. [PCMag recommends CrystalDiskInfo](https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/check-your-hard-drives-health). A search will find a [list of others to consider](https://www.lifewire.com/free-hard-drive-testing-programs-2626183).

    Since you’re a self-proclaimed n00b, I’ll say this: ***Blue*** is your friend!!!! If you use the included USB 3.0 cable and ***a USB 3.0 port on your computer***, the testing as well as general usage will be orders of magnitude faster. If your mouse is in the only USB 3.0 port, move it to something slower and put the hard drive there. (Yes, I’ve had to “help” someone with that.)

    Beyond that, the r/DataHoarder Wiki has plenty of info to read over the long weekend. 🙂

  3. I own 20 often them (10-14tb variants) and have yet to have one fail. Now I have them in a nas which has better cooling and less chance of shock. They have been very reliable for me.

    If you plan to keep it in the enclosure, cooling will be your worst enemy. Find a way to keep ‘er cooler and it will last. Also avoid bumping or moving it while in use.

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