Posts Tagged ‘hard disk’

…you performed a hard disk transplant!

I was very nervous doing this, as I’m unable to verify beforehand whether simply swapping hard disks physically will work. I wanna replace my active hard disk with a vanilla one as I’m gonna send in my notebook for repairs. There’re sensitive data inside there that I dun wan any tech engineer to mess around with.

Before you say why I dun wanna simply do a password protection, consider this: how will the enginner test whether the Wifi chip and earphone jack out put issue if he cannot boot into my main OS to verify…ah ha! Take that you smart arse! Photos of the operations, as follows:

Yanked out the old “heart” from the veins…ok, some components manufactured in Hainan…cool with that…

The new “heart” on standby, in the “ice tray”, on the op table…

Ok! New “heart” transplanted…hope it starts </insert pumping/ticking/beating/spinning> now…


Just when I tot I was king of the hill with my new Buffalo MiniStation, I spotted this on rachel2108’s dad‘s table:

I’m gonna cut this short & explain why it surpass the Buffalo MiniStation:


durable soft silicon exterior coating (very grippy, personally experienced)

firewire AND USB2.0 interface

USB cable not only wraps around, but can be kept completely flushed with casing.


No TurboUSB.

In addition, comes with internal anti-shock mechanism to be shock-resistant up to a 6feet drop & heard it was sold for similar price @ last ITShow…well I’ll be damned.

The 1st IT Show of year 2008 is finally over. Previously, I tot I wouldn’t be getting anything there, due to the “GST” effect. But having my existing portable HDD keep running outta space validates the purchase of a new, bigger, better, faster, meaner mobile storage. Anyway my current one is a miserable 60GB(usable: 55.8GB).

I was deciding between the Western Digital Passport (above) or the Buffalo MiniSation. As you can see, the Passport is very sleek, very black, very thin, in other words, very “me”. But I got the B.MiniStation in the end, why?

Well, 1st of all, I like underdogs: Buffalo was only famous in Singapore until like recently, & that was for its networking products. 2ndly, shock-resistant bumper casing surrounding the internal SATA HDD with minimal contact points; English: the real fragile HDD inside is “floating” in the midst of 4 struts on the inner side. 3rdly, I checked the very recent price lists for this series & even physically checked out the Challenger @ IMM; well, the 250GB version was selling for ~$279, & the IT Show have the 320GB like for, $249!!! Oh yah, did I mention: TurboUSB & the wrap-around cable?

Funny thing though: there were “used space” inside my unit already, & I couldn’t detect anything even though I have “show hidden files” activated…hmm…if you fellows know something I don’t, pls drop a comment. Hope it’s not bad sector. & oh yah, I need to format it into NTFS to support huge >4GB files.