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Offline Sim_8_3  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, April 13, 2016 12:10:38 AM(UTC)
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I am on the horns of a real storage dilemma, here's my present or should I say out dated storage solution and maybe you guys can advise on thrifty solution.

I have a 500 Gig internal 3.5" inch Toshiba Sata internal partition in 2 one is 412 GB other is

53.4 GB the 412 has XP on it and the 53.4 has Win 7, it's dual boot in case my Win 7 craps out. so the 53.4 has only 1.3 Gigs available and the 53.4 has 3.07 Gigs available, add to that I have a failing Iomega Prestige external 1 TB USB 2.0 I know in a perfect scenario I would have a SSD and and HDD, but this is a Asus C90S an old desktop replacement and it only has room for 1 Sata, very limited and I"m not even sure how big I can go on that I think the biggest without checking is 2 maybe 3 gigs. So my dilemma is I have to replace at minimum that external drive, but I need to backup what's on it, so I'm thinking minimum size 2TB, but then I'm thinking I have the case so why get another external in a case why not just get another 3.5" drive and replace it? The problem is I don't know where to start with that and looking on Ebay it doesn't seem like it would be anymore cost effective then replacing the whole unit. My other part of the dilemma is how after deleting some stuff of the 412 Partition can I safely increase the 53.4 partition? I've tried programs like Partition Magic in the past but after reboot the partition gets screwed up. Well any cost effective thrift solutions would be great, seeing how I'm on an extremely tight budget at the moment.

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Offline Blackhawk8100  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, April 13, 2016 12:53:18 AM(UTC)
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If you can drop $130: http://www.amazon.com/Se...id=1460508334&sr=1-7

If you can drop $90: http://www.amazon.com/Bl...id=1460508334&sr=1-5

But not much you can do :P

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#3 Posted : Wednesday, April 13, 2016 1:34:33 AM(UTC)
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Slickdeals is the place to go if you're patient. Set up some deal alerts, spend some time refining your search terms and check in when you can. Hard drive deals pop up pretty often.

I can't make a personal recommendation on partitioning, but it looks like the free version of paragon can hot resize a partition with no reboot required: https://www.paragon-soft...rsonal/features.html#req

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#4 Posted : Wednesday, April 13, 2016 12:35:48 PM(UTC)
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you really dont want to bother with a re-partition as you are just prolonging the issue.

2TB - Seagate Barracuda $72 http://pcpartpicker.com/...l-hard-drive-st2000dm001

1TB - WD Caviar BLUE - $53 http://www.newegg.com/Pr...spx?Item=N82E16822236339

And if it has been a while since you installed your OS, I would honestly do a Fresh Win 7 install.

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#5 Posted : Thursday, April 14, 2016 1:00:54 AM(UTC)
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Well then Static xD
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#6 Posted : Thursday, April 14, 2016 2:37:09 AM(UTC)
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Thanks I'll check out all of your recommendations and suggestions.
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#7 Posted : Thursday, April 14, 2016 3:11:06 PM(UTC)
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NP!
Offline Sim_8_3  
#8 Posted : Thursday, April 21, 2016 5:53:56 AM(UTC)
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Ok so I checked out Slick Deals and no luck, but I found an outfit on ebay that sells refurb WD, specifically My Cloud, but can I used one of these that is obviously an NAS drive to do a back up an ailing USB drive or restore a deleted partition on it or am I better of with a non NAS?

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Offline Blackhawk8100  
#9 Posted : Thursday, April 21, 2016 11:59:04 AM(UTC)
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Back it up on a refurbed drive lol

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Offline StaticFX  
#10 Posted : Thursday, April 21, 2016 1:03:13 PM(UTC)
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Better off with a non NAS. NAS drives are not designed for as much constant use as a regular drive. More for just backups, or storage of media etc to be accessed from the network. Not a Daily grinder for booting, gaming, etc.

Referb is fine as long as it has a warranty. I am using a 2TB HGST refurb (HGST are the best drives in my opinion) that I got on ebay for like $60 2 years ago. Still perfect. I still have another HGST (500gb) that works....from 9 years ago.

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#11 Posted : Thursday, April 21, 2016 2:25:53 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: StaticFX Go to Quoted Post
Better off with a non NAS. NAS drives are not designed for as much constant use as a regular drive. More for just backups, or storage of media etc to be accessed from the network. Not a Daily grinder for booting, gaming, etc.

Referb is fine as long as it has a warranty. I am using a 2TB HGST refurb (HGST are the best drives in my opinion) that I got on ebay for like $60 2 years ago. Still perfect. I still have another HGST (500gb) that works....from 9 years ago.

Totally didn't realize a non-NAS drive was an option, my bad lol

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#12 Posted : Thursday, April 21, 2016 11:44:56 PM(UTC)
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Ok so I guess the consensus non NAS, but just so you know were only talking about a storage drive, not for booting or running games or apps off of. I will hardly ever use it just like the Iomega I have, all I want to do is rescue what's on the Iomega and backup what's on there just in case and be able to store other files on the new one.

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#13 Posted : Thursday, April 21, 2016 11:58:06 PM(UTC)
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Yeah, either way, it gives you open options for the future lol
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#14 Posted : Friday, April 22, 2016 3:24:04 AM(UTC)
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Oh so your saying NAS can be an option then? I think my key concern about the NAS was can I backup the Iomega via USB plugged into my PC, not drive to drive? I just missed a 2TB WD My cloud that went for 64 bucks, oh well gotta wait for the next good deal. lol

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#15 Posted : Friday, April 22, 2016 3:39:22 AM(UTC)
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check newegg sometimes they have good deals
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