How do I select the best hard drive for my computer?

Learn how to determine which hard drive you should consider in your next computer.

Picking the Right Hard Drive for the Job.

Episode # 4-35 available on : Youtube Vimeo 

Released: May 17, 2014

In this modern day, a hard drive is simply not a hard drive. There are many different types of tasks, many types of needs, and plenty more operating conditions that have to be taken into account before selecting the right hard drive for the right job.

The Western Digital Green drive is perfect for those situations where being ecological and economical are important, such as in libraries, and other similar environments where the computers may run all day but are rarely used.

For common or normal usage scenarios, the Western Digital Blue Drive and Seagate's HDD drive are great for some gaming, office work, and can be installed in virtually all applications.

Have a NAS drive, consider using Western Digital's purpose made Red Nas Drive. Designed to withstand heat, vibrations, and 24 hour operation, this drives can take a beating before dying, in a way other drives will fail.

For gamers, and high end multimedia fans, consider using the Western Digital Black Drive, or Seagate's SSHD drive. The black drive spins are 10K RPM, and the SSHD drive has a SSD cache, both will up your game without busting your wallet. Gigabyte for Gigabyte, the cheapest way to have both speed and space.

Want extremely high speeds, and virtually imperceptible loading times, considering using SSD. Solid State Drives are more expensive per Gigabyte, but the wear is limited to writing, unlike spinning drives. There are no moving parts, meaning that all the data is instantly accessible. Not affected by higher than normal heat, and vibrations. There also require less power and emit less heat than common spinning drives. Unless you plan to pair your build with a common spinning drive for data, consider opting for 250GB or more in space to avoid space issues on the drive.

Host : Steve Smith | Music : Jonny Lee Hart | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Productions

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Completely Erased

It should remove all traces of the virus, provided the hard drive has no bad sectors on it. It it does, you the mentioned Spinrite to try to fix the hard drive then run DBAN after, but usually, DBAN can erase the entire drive without issue. I've used it on maximum and let it run almost 16 hours on my friends computer, that is why this episode exists.

Completely Erased

Great! I am going to run 'autonuke' on a machine that has polymorphic malware, not sure if it is in the MBR or somewhere else on the machine. Assuming autonuke runs fully without any error, will it remove the malware from the computer with certainty?

Completely Erased

Yes, it will wipe all data, including the master boot record on your hard drive. If you are unable to get DBAN to work correctly, consider using Spinrite to fix the drive so DBAN can work, rarely needed, good to have.


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