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Windows 7: Best OS Drive & Best Storage Drive Recommendations

20 Oct 2011   #1
BreakAes

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Best OS Drive & Best Storage Drive Recommendations

I'm going to buy a new hard drive for a new OS installation, and I'd like to know what the most reliable, well performing drive is, for the best price. I'm thinking about a 1 Terabyte drive because I'll probably install Windows 7, XP, and possibly try to build a Hackintosh too. So I'll probably make 3 partitions, or 4 since Windows 7 requires an extra partition for the bootmgr or whatever.

Also, I'm looking for storage drive recommendations. I bought a Samsung HD240UI quite awhile ago and it's performed well so far.

Let me know what you think, thanks!


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20 Oct 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

It depends on what your personal interest is in directly.
Are you more concerned with performance, or longevity?
Are you more concerned with energy use, or seek times?
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20 Oct 2011   #3
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

This isn't something we can really help with. By a hard drive from a reputable brand that is the size/speed you want. As for the OS, I'd stick with one as your primary, and then virtualize the others.
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20 Oct 2011   #4
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

best drive for os, id suggest an SSD of 60gb or larger. corsair force 3 120gb gets my vote, for storage a 2tb should serfice
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20 Oct 2011   #5
BreakAes

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I think for now I'm going to avoid SSD because of the prices. I also checked the reviews awhile ago and there seem to be problems (with the firmware etc) they're still working out.

I'll probably get the Samsung 2 TB for storage and I was thinking about this one for the operating systems: Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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