I've never had a Samsung and never considered them, but that HDD does look rather tempting, thanks for the suggestion
Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz
The choices are getting pretty slim these days. Seagate bought Maxtor years ago and Western Digital just bought Hitachi. I just hope WD doesn't continue the "DeathStar" tradition but rather uses the acquisition to expand their own products.
This is bad time to be in need of a HDD. The inventory is way down and prices are way up.
Thanks for reminding me about the HDD supply issues - they had slipped my mind and I had been rather alarmed with a lot of the HDD prices across the board, being certain they didn't used to be that much
Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic
I'd go with either WD or Samsung---whichever is cheapest from your suppliers. I think someone just bought Samsung's HD business--may have been WD?
The Samsung 103SJ 1TB drive is very fast, comparable to a WD Caviar Black, but I have not kept up with reviews and speeds on 2 TB models.
The "Green" series of drives might save you a couple of bucks a year on electricity, but as far as I know, none of them are 7200 RPM.
In my experience, Samsungs are quieter than most and run a tad cooler than most.
I'd deliberately avoid Seagate.
You need a little bit of luck with any HDD purchase--as you say, "touch-wood".
If you delay as long as possible, you may see prices drop a bit as production moves back up after the flooding in Thailand.
Another thumbs up for Samsung... okay, I've decided I'll go down the Samsung path, as a bit of a change from WD and to try something new
All the 2TB green drives seem to be around 1/2 the price of the likes of the Caviar Blacks; is that because of the speed?
Unfortunately, I have two issues:
1) sadly, Golden's suggestion seems to be a 5400RPM HDD. The majority of my HDDs in the past have been 7200RPM, however
, given that my primary and probably sole use of this HDD will be media (such as videos), do I need it to be 7200RPM? I mean, I guess that probably sounds like a dumb question "you're wondering if you need a HDD to be fast when your main use will be accessing files... DUH!"
but surely something like a single avi file wouldn't need as high an RPM for the HDD as, say, running a game off the HDD which has lots and lots of files that are constantly in demand. If my primary function for the HDD doesn't in fact need to be 7200RPM, that would be great for a) my wallet in the short-run with a green HDD price, and b) my wallet in the long-run with energy bills
(I say green as that's what most high-capacity but lower RPM HDDs seem to be).
2) SATA. When perusing many online stores, I came across most HDDs mentioning "SATA II". Now, I'm more of an IDE expert as until this current computer and the PS3, all I used were IDE HDDs in everything
. a) what is SATA II? (probably the obvious "it's the next step up from original SATA") and b) will my computer/motherboard support it? My computer is an HP tower from 2010, with this
motherboard inside it. As you can see from the 'Internal Connectors' subheading, it just mentions "-- 4 SATA connectors". I would assume that surely it must support SATA II, given how many HDDs are SATA II and the computer is fairly
new. (the current 1TB HDD in the PC seems to be a Western Digital WD1001FAES-60Z2A0, claiming to be "Serial ATA 3Gb/s")
thanks all for the help, info, and suggestions