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Windows 7: Which 2TB hard drive?


06 Oct 2012   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
The jump in performance going from a HDD to an SSD is literally night and day different. The jump in performance going from the 830 to an 840 Pro will not be that huge......but the increase in 4K random read/write performance is something you can see and feel.....i.e. program load time, OS load/unload time, restart times. Either will be a world faster than a HDD.

Damn, my trigger finger was itching a lot. Guess I didn't wait then
When I was watching prices on amazon when Ivybridge came out, it was at ridiculously low prices one day then shot up the next and kept fluctuating. So I figured I might as well take advantage of the 830 in case it increases.
Smokin deal, you will be very happy with the 830!


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06 Oct 2012   #12

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Good man enjoy that 830 and then score the Seagate or the WD. I just bought a 2TB WD Green with 64mb cache and it's amazing for what it is. Green as advantages and disadvantages you need to decide just what you'll be using it for.
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06 Oct 2012   #13

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

If you are just storing music/pictures/movies, then a lower RPM Green drive is perfect. Some people store games on their HDD and in that case I would go with a 7200rpm HDD. I personally have plenty of room on my SSD to install all the games I play. Basically you buy a HDD from a reputable maker, with the capacity you need, at the best price......FIN.
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06 Oct 2012   #14

Windows 7 HP x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks guys. I can't wait to experience the difference

kbrady, yeah, I think 7200rpm will be better for me as I have quite a few games on my 1TB drive, along with media. What I'm going to do is transfer all the stuff from my 300GB and 120GB IDE drives (there's 250GB of stuff on there) to my 1TB drive, and that'll leave about 130GB free on the 1TB. Then remove the IDE drives for good and install the 2TB and SSD. Then I'm all sata and out of the dark ages of IDE!

I'll transfer stuff from the 1TB to the 2TB as I need it, and over time, get rid of all the crap that's built up on the 1TB, format it, and use it as a backup drive, such as for Acronis backup images. I've never had a very organised system, so now's a good time to do it!

I'm ordering this http://www.scan.co.uk/products/akasa...5-pc-drive-bay

as well as some more sata cables, and of course, the Seagate 2TB.
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07 Oct 2012   #15

Windows 7 HP x64 SP1
 
 

I've now placed an order for the Seagate ST2000DM001 at an even cheaper price of 67 but haven't completed the purchase as I'm now having serious doubts. So many people say that it makes this chirping noise which means extra load cycles, which apparently means a probable reduced lifespan of 2 to 3 months. And Seagate's warranty is only a year, reduced from 2 years I think. Probably because they don't have much confidence in the drive? Should I be put off by this? Also, several people report failures. I know WD have failures too, but it seems WD is known to be more reliable. This Seagate 2TB is an absolute bargain at under 70 but should I steer clear and spend almost twice as much on a 5 year guarantee 2TB WD drive? Or do you think it'll be ok?
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07 Oct 2012   #16

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I popped for the WD as I still feel it's the better drive and warranty but I have (3) Seagates circa 2005 and they are all running good today. I believe in redundancy so unless you have a back plan to another drive then I would suggest critical data to a flash drive or better yet go to a cloud back up and then buy the cheaper Seagate but spend the money with a quality cloud based service.
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07 Oct 2012   #17

Windows 7 HP x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I popped for the WD as I still feel it's the better drive and warranty but I have (3) Seagates circa 2005 and they are all running good today. I believe in redundancy so unless you have a back plan to another drive then I would suggest critical data to a flash drive or better yet go to a cloud back up and then buy the cheaper Seagate but spend the money with a quality cloud based service.
Hmm, that's a possibility. Tbh though, think I'll grit my teeth with the extra cost and plump for this Caviar Black 2TB. Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black WD2002FAEX Hard Drive - Scan.co.uk

It's 131, but has a 60 month warranty. I'd feel more confident, plus two of my current three drives are WD, one Sata and one IDE, no problems with either. 1TB is 3 years old and the 320GB IDE drive is older.
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07 Oct 2012   #18

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Roman5,
The warranty is nice but remember it doesn't help one bit regarding data. The black edition would make a great primary drive. Remember there are only two types of drives:"Those that have died and those about to die". That being said you must have redundancy other wise you will suffer a loss and it's only a matter of time and really the longer it's out in the future the worse it will be. As soon as you can get another drive to sync a back up plan to and or go cloud. I have a triple back up plan in place and if one goes then there is two back up's......but that's just me.
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15 Oct 2012   #19

Windows 7 HP x64 SP1
 
 

linnemeyerhere, thanks for your help, and yea, I'm using my old 1TB RE3 as my backup drive.

Well I got my Samsung 830 SSD, (beautiful shiny black brushed metal with silver edging), Akasa 2.5" to 3.5" bracket and in the end, decided on a WD 1TB caviar black, not 2TB. All installed. Wow, the SSD is quick! 10 seconds from 'starting windows' logo to desktop. 26 seconds from a reboot to desk, and 26 seconds from pressing power button on cold boot to desk. Amazing! That has shaved off about 70 seconds, my pc used to boot in over a minute and a half. So this is greased lightning by comparison, lol.

So anyway, here's my question. SSD worked fine (as only sata device connected) in AHCI mode, but when I connected either the DVD or HDD to a sata port,the SSD took a very long time, well over a minute. The only way I've overcome this is changing back to native IDE in bios and not having AHCI. Is there a way to fix it so I can use AHCI, is there any benefit to AHCI? I believe I can't now, in IDE mode, use a particular intel rapid storage file a friend told me to install that would have improved speed again.

Tried ''Onchip SATA Port 4/5 Type 'as 'As SATA Type', connected SSD to port 4 and also tried port 5, worked fine in both until other devices were connected. Then changed it to IDE as in my screenshot, still no difference. So I changed the one above 'Onchip SATA Type' from 'AHCI' to native 'IDE' and it all works. But it should work in AHCI, right?

Also, I can't say I really understand what it means where it says "Set SATA Port 4/5 mode as SATA Port 0-3'.


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