What hardware are you using?

Discuss hardware related to portable usage, including the kind of storage devices people use, and how they use them.
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Re: What hardware are you using?

#31 Post by Userfriendly » Mon May 04, 2015 8:51 am

There's 3 types of NAND flash memory used in Memory Cards and SSD's.
SLC Single Layer Cell Longest Lifespan, Low Capacity and Most expensive
- This is industrial grade flash and has the most endurance with around 100,000 write cycles. Not easily accessible to regular consumers since its really expensive and largest capacity I've seen is 16GB.

MLC Multi Layer Cell Moderate Lifespan and Cheaper than SLC
- You'll find this type in some 'Pro' or 'Premium' type memory cards like Samsung Pro or Sandisk Extreme Pro both which have 10 year warranties. The warranty is what's telling even if they don't reveal the type of memory they use. MLC has around 10,000 to 3,000 write cycles.

TLC Triple Layer Cell Least Endurance and Cheapest
- This is the what you'll find in most cheap consumer memory cards. These only have around 1000 write cycles. I wouldn't use these for heavy duty video recording or photography use.

As far as I know from owning one and reading many reviews, Sandisk Extreme Pro's are the fastest (especially in 4k random writes, great for mobile use) and probably most reliable card you can get.

Here's a review round up of micro sd cards that also shows what type of memory they use .
http://ourberries.com/2015/04/16/conclu ... nd-reviews.

Some info on Micro SD. Applicable to Regular SD cards too.
http://ourberries.com/2014/09/15/microsd-knowledge/

Anyway, this old ass thread is about what kind of hardware we're using lol. I guess I just use a 256GB SSD either in a USB3 enclosure or a SATA-to-USB3 adapter. They don't need external power so it's easy enough to use like a USB flash drive. I don't like using regular USB sticks anymore because they're. SSD's are small enough to be portable and so much faster. Even though there are 128GB and 256GB USB flash drives available, I think it's more cost effective to get an SSD which you can use portably or jam inside a PC if you want. There's even mSATA(old)/M.2(new) SSD's if you wanna go even smaller. I know there's performance USB3 sticks out there but they cost as much as an 128GB SSD anyway.

Examples of adapters/enclosures:
SATA to USB - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005B3VO24/
2.5-inch Enclosure - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OJ3UJ2S
mSATA SSD Enclosure - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LRZPNHM/
M.2 SSD Enclosure - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KQ4LNJC/

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Re: What hardware are you using?

#32 Post by webfork » Sat May 30, 2015 7:49 pm

Userfriendly wrote:There's 3 types of NAND flash memory used in Memory Cards and SSD's.
I had no idea. Very interesting stuff, thanks.
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#33 Post by webfork » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:41 am

webfork wrote:What to buy: I haven't looked into this in a while so my advice would be outdated, but I'd buy what professional photographers recommend.
One update on this: it may be old news to some folks here on the forums, but there is a new format for high-end external media: portable SSDs. They're a little larger than a thumb drive (usually about the size of one of those metal lighters) and cost more but are crazy fast.
This is definitely something I would recommend over a lot of other solutions. The amusing part about these is you could best your internal drive speed from only a few years ago, making it great for high end media, video edition, or a backup harddrive/OS.
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Re: What hardware are you using?

#34 Post by DustinDeTorres » Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:46 am

Hey,
Can anyone mention the speed of specific drive? I bought several USB drive but each one of them is too slow like 2MB per Sec.

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#35 Post by sherry156 » Fri May 12, 2017 2:24 am

I just bought Seagate Expansion 4TB for my xbox one and it was literally plug and play.
https://www.bestadvisor.com/portable-hard-drives
I no longer have to worry about space and download everything to it. Much cheaper price than the Microsoft version and is really worth every penny.

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Re: What hardware are you using?

#36 Post by joby_toss » Fri May 12, 2017 11:49 am

Why do your posts look like a bunch of spam crap (best.a.d.visor)??? Stop, change or walk away, please!

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#37 Post by Midas » Sat May 13, 2017 10:51 am

C'mon, it's a third post -- advise, exemplify, and criticize, but please don't send people away... remember that today's annoying noob is tomorrow's uber-geek. :P

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#38 Post by webfork » Sat May 13, 2017 2:17 pm

I just bought Seagate Expansion 4TB for my xbox one and it was literally plug and play.
Sadly, I just bought one of these because I got a really good deal, but I think I know why: the 4TB series have very high failure rates according to backblaze.

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-dri ... s-q1-2017/

This is an analysis of Enterprise drive failures, which are different than consumer, but make not mistake that they make many of the same components in the same factories.

It's admittedly not the only metric when considering data storage, but for backup drives, failure rate should be very high on the list.
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#39 Post by h3kt0r » Mon May 07, 2018 2:23 pm

I'm using 500Gb external USB drives (x2) to store Comics, Ebooks, Games (both installers and installed games), Programs installers, ISOs, Music collection and Archives;
Then i have a 128Gb bootable micro SD card to store my portable programs, documents, a linux distro and a live windows system.
I also keep a 3Tb external USB drive to backup (twice a year) the 500Gb external USB drives (x2) i already mentioned.
Everything is plugged onto a USB hub which has its own power supply.
Which leaves me with a system hard drive built into my computer that has 92% free space and then i've got Rollback Rx Home edition installed, just in case...
I've upgraded the RAM to 10Gb on my laptop so even if i'm using a 3Gb RAM disk for browser caching and downloading, i still have plenty of memory to run other applications smoothly.
So far, everything went okay with this setup for a full year.

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#40 Post by h3kt0r » Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:26 am

Now, i've just salvaged an Acer Aspire one netbook : intel atom (1.6Ghz), 512Mb RAM, 8Gb SSD. Just installed Antix Linux on this netbook, it runs great :
web browsing is smooth, video streaming is fine, everything worked straight from the beginning : keyboard, touchpad, wifi, etc... Very light on system's
resources : 64 Mb memory load at logon.
If you still have an old computer, this is the distribution you need to give it a new life...

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#41 Post by Midas » Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:00 pm

Nice! 8)

I have one of those Asus netbooks somewhere -- and somewhat beefier, if memory serves me right -- that I'll have to test something like that on. One of this days... :P

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