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Windows 7: Buying a high capacity hard drive...what is good

18 Apr 2013   #1

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Buying a high capacity hard drive...what is good

I am going to put this in a windows xp (32-bit) computer.

How much space can xp handle before i have to partition?

I am thinking 2tb and up.

I want a GOOD hard drive.

I have not looked at 2 tb hard drives much due to all the stories of them failing.

Price range $150 maybee a little more?

What is reliable hard drive?


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18 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by computergeekguy View Post
I have not looked at 2 tb hard drives much due to all the stories of them failing.
Don't listen to the person who told you this anymore. A drive's size doesn't have any effect on it's failure rate.

Just stick to a quality brand, such as Western Digital or Seagate. If you are in the U.S., check out
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18 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

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18 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

I have 2-2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14's for data and they are outstanding. Can pick them up for about $100 or less.
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19 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

I like these bad boys Western Digital WD30EFRX-68A 3TB They work great and they are NAS drives so there rated for 24/7.
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19 Apr 2013   #6
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

Personally, I would avoid WD. I used them for years and they were very dependable, then last year, I had three fail me in only a few months, and one was less than 6 months old! And yeah, I might have got a "bad batch" (as some have claimed), but I had bought these over nearly a year's time frame, and from different places each time -- so I think their quality just went bad.

I've used Seagate since, and had no such problems.
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19 Apr 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Of the 15 HDDs from various manufacturers that I have, only one Seagate failed. All other makes held up in the last 5 years.

I would also not go beyond 2TB because of the problem with the MFT addressing beyond 2.2TB. Also, the bigger the drive, the slower it is (because of the additional arm movement). I actually prefer a few 500GB drives rather than 1 big drive. Is also less risky if one fails you don't lose everything.
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19 Apr 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

that's funny I've had nothing but problems with Seagate. To each there own.
Also I had no MFT addressing problems.
WD is still my choice.
If you don't back your data up I guess you'll loose it, this is obvious.
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