WD Blue hard drives deliver solid performance and reliability while providing you with all the space you need to hold an enormous amount of photos, videos and files. This drive is designed for use as primary drives in notebooks and external enclosures.
Type: Hard drive - internal
Capacity: 500 GB
Form Factor: 2.5"
Interface: Serial ATA-600
Data Transfer Rate: 600 MBps
Buffer Size: 8 MB
Spindle Speed: 5400 rpm
Features: NoTouch ramp load technology , S.M.A.R.T.
Dimensions (WxDxH): 2.7 in x 3.9 in x 0.3 in
Weight: 3.2 oz
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I was able to upgrade the Notebook by myself without having to have special skills. I followed simple instructions I found in internet about how to restore a disk image. I also found a video indicating how to open the notebook and install the new HDD.
Still haven't installed this. Ordered it but Crucial was vague about when it might arrive. Ordering process was confusing as I needed it right away to install and leave the country for work so I paid extra for expedited shipping. They called and informed me that all HDs were sent in 3-5 days from someone else. Don't know if I ever got credit. As the online tracking could not tell me when or where it was, I bought another from Staples and installed. Then, miraculously, the Crucial one showed up on doorstep without warning or notification. It is still sitting in box as a backup. Disappointed.
I installed this HDD in a Toshiba lap top and
worked fine. Has faster data transfer rate than the old HDD and hold a lot of files.
Ok I got it to work, but it's intermittent. I pulled the drive out, switched the type of HDD in the BIOS from AHCI to IDE. Then I re-installed the drive. This got me past BIOS. Then I go into BIOS, reset it to AHCI, and the drive works perfectly. I'm using it now to post this.
However here's the weird thing. If I shut down my machine, I have the same problem again, sometimes. Twice today I've shut down the machine and it's come back with no problem, twice it's repeated the same error I had before. That means to fix it, I have to open the laptop, remove the SSD, reset BIOS to IDE, let it boot, reset BIOS again to AHCI, then reinstall the drive and it works.
Any ideas to stabilize this now? How odd.
I am very sorry for the issues that you have been experiencing with your HDD. It does sound like there is an issue with the drive that is causing the issues that you have experienced. At this time I would recommend contacting Seagate directly as they do offer support on their drives. I am sorry for the inconvenience that this may cause, but they will be able to offer better assistance and help you out with a warranty if necessary.
I think it is hard to tell for sure, you would probably get better feedback from people who actually use SSDs during compiling. I believe that (please correct me if I am wrong) that during compliling there is a huge count of small reads and writes and lot of seek operations, that is why it is rough on mechanical drives I guess.
The situation is different with SSDs, there is no moving parts and what wears out the drive are NAND write operations.
Modern SSD can handle hundreds of TBs of writes. Whats even better Crucial M5x0 and MX100 models use AD Average Block-Erase Count SMART attribute which is like small clock ticking to 3000 value, where in general 0 value stand for 100% health and 3000 stand for 0% health. So you can actually keep an eye on how fast your SSD is wearing out (in terms of NAND writes).
I don't know how large drive do you need but personally I like to experiment and evaluate - I would probably try to test it with one of my spare SSDs, or buy cheap MX100 128GB (that seems to be great drive by the way) that in the worst case scenario I could use in a different system
There is probably one thing you should keep in mind that could possibly (or not) affect SSD performance while using in Linux system. In general to maintain best speeds it is necessary to have TRIM working but I believe it is not a problem for modern distros and/or kernels.
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1. The new SSD only requires to be initialized prior to using or cloning. A guide on how to initialize can be found here.
2, I believe the computer will be unaware of the change if you use the EaseUS todo back up, however, I am not super familiar with this back up software and that might be more of a question for their forum.
Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.
Thanks for contacting us. Defragging can save time for the cloning process so you may go ahead and perform a defrag. It's definitely not necessary, however.