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I'd like to ask how reliable are the Seagate hard drives labeled as "Certified Repaired HDD".

Also, I've heard a year ago about the HDDs bricked by Seagate and a lot also have hardware issues so I wanna know if this model, ST3500320AS, is reliable or should be red flagged. Although I'm open in getting WD 500gb drive instead of Seagate.

What is the recommended hard drive space to spare for OS(Win 7 Pro x64) drive? Considering short stroking the 250gb array.
Edited by squall325 - 1/31/10 at 7:43am
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post #2 of 22
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I'd like to ask how reliable are the Seagate hard drives labeled as "Certified Repaired HDD".

Also, I've heard a year ago about the HDDs bricked by Seagate and a lot also have hardware issues so I wanna know if this model, ST3500320AS, is reliable or should be red flagged. Although I'm open in getting WD 500gb drive instead of Seagate.

What is the recommended hard drive space to spare for OS(Win 7 Pro x64) drive? Considering short stroking the 250gb array.
I don't know about the rest, but the 64-bit version of Windows 7 (all editions) says it requires 20 GB of hard drive space. This is fairly accurate as I remember mine being a little over 16 GB right after a fresh install.
    
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took up 25gb out of my 100gb current single drive partition with OS and other non-game programs installed. So maybe 50gb is enough for short stroking it?
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took up 25gb out of my 100gb current single drive partition with OS and other non-game programs installed. So maybe 50gb is enough for short stroking it?
That sounds like a great guess. I mean, not only is it a nice round number, but it ensures that you'll have more than enough space.
    
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I keep an 80 gig for OS and applications, so 50 should be plenty. It's always good to leave some space because quite frequently there are tons of files that are automatically saved to the C:\\ drive no matter what you do.
    
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yeah, especially dump files from BSODs and also some secret files coming from extracting something. Well in my case tho, everytime I extract something big like crysis demo and the like to my storage drive, my OS drive also gets a hit on disk size and takes awhile for it to go back and sometimes it doesnt go back especially if the extraction was cancelled.
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yeah, especially dump files from BSODs and also some secret files coming from extracting something. Well in my case tho, everytime I extract something big like crysis demo and the like to my storage drive, my OS drive also gets a hit on disk size and takes awhile for it to go back and sometimes it doesnt go back especially if the extraction was cancelled.
Then you can change the path of all the temporary files in the Environment Variables. I did this for my SSD because the one thing I don't want is unnecessary writing to the drive.
    
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how do I do that? I only know how to change the location of Documents, Downloads, Pictures, Music and Videos. Don't know if its possible to completely move the User folder on a storage drive tho so that only the Windows and Program Files folder are left on OS drive.
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how do I do that? I only know how to change the location of Documents, Downloads, Pictures, Music and Videos. Don't know if its possible to completely move the User folder on a storage drive tho so that only the Windows and Program Files folder are left on OS drive.
To do it, we have to change the Environment Variables:
  1. Enter the System Properties (press WinKey+Pause Break, or right-click My Computer, and choose Properties).
  2. Click Advanced system settings over on the left.
  3. Click the Environment Variables button on the bottom-right (or press Tab exactly 3 times, and then press Enter).
  4. For both TEMP and TMP, change the Value (Variable value) to the desired path (so be sure it exists).
  5. Click OK, and then click OK on the other window.
I can't remember if it asks you to reboot, but if not, then it is good to go.
    
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cool.. so dump files and temp files from extracting stuff won't clog the OS drive nymore? This is awesome.. I learn something new everyday
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