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Windows 7: recommended 1 TB/ 2 TB hard drives?

22 Oct 2009   #1

recommended 1 TB/ 2 TB hard drives?


before I do win7 want to get a bigger HD than current. so many choices and reviews so what would win7 forum readers recommend? My current sata HD has vista 64 on it n don't want to upgrade on that. don't know how to run 2 hard drives on one computer so will take that out for the new blank TB drive.



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22 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I'm very fond of my 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black drive. It's a great performer and a 5 year warranty to boot.

I'm a little leary of anything bigger than 1TB as it seems that they have higher failure rates or drive write errors.
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23 Oct 2009   #3
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

I have two WD 1TB "green box" drives -- and they work great! Not had any problems with either of them.

Even though they cost less, I have avoided the Seagate drives, especially the 1.5TB models, because I read that they had lots of failures in the early models.

Noticed at my local computer store recently, that Seagate is selling their 1.5TB drives in new boxes. So, don't know if these are actually newer drives (with the failures fixed), or if they've just changed boxes.
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23 Oct 2009   #4
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

i recently (wednesday) got a 1 tb samsung f3 after reading this review.

Results Analysis:

There’s only one way to say it – the Samsung Spinpoint F3 is the fastest hard disk drive we’ve ever had the pleasure of testing here at bit-tech, having ripped through our benchmarks like a butchers knife through wet loo roll.
In short the F3 is an awesome hard disk drive, and while an SSD will still give you a bigger boost in performance and response times, the F3 is very much the next best thing and at a fraction of the /GB. Get One.
it's certainly feels a lot faster than my old hitachi - and it was very reasonably priced too.

oh, and it's simple enough having more than one hard drive installed in your pc - you just need to enter your bios to set which is the main boot drive, or set up a dual-boot system.
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23 Oct 2009   #5

thanks for the information....

yes I have dual boot on one hard drive, tho I need to get rid of the win 7 partition as it is the old version from January 09 and no reason to keep it taking up space on my vista drive (the only drive). guess having 2 drives is not that difficult then. shouldnt be too hard to learn how to save data to and from both drives.

thanks again.

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23 Oct 2009   #6

Win7 64bit Ultimate

I think 1Tb is the winner they are more stable right now and the price is right too. You would be better off with a pair of 1Tb drives than a single 2Tb anyhow because of the size. If you have tons of stuff and the drive goes your better off only losing half of it with 2Tb of data recovering it if it were lost would not be cool at all.

I think 1Tb would be faster anyhow because there is less space on the drive for things to spread across when they fragment and formatting or scanning is faster also.
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23 Oct 2009   #7

7600.20510 x86

+1 PParks1. Caviar Black 1TB is really good.

I dislike all drives besides WD. They simply never ever have failed on me while others have.

Here it is attached to my PCI SataII controller card.

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24 Oct 2009   #8
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

let the charts speak for themselves:

old hitachi deathstar 500gig vs new samsung f3 1terra

(i don't know why both drives show -1% cpu )

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-hdtune_benchmark_hitachi_hdp725050gla360.png   -hdtune_benchmark_samsung_hd103sj.png  
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24 Oct 2009   #9

7600.20510 x86

Hey, very cool!

I suspect that the Black I posted above is not being used to its full potential speedwise because of the PCI interface it is going through.
Not sure, but probably.

PParks1, do you mind possibly posting an HDTune of your Black so I can compare yours to mine on PCI?
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24 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate X64

got the same HD WD Caviar Black 1TB x2 in RAID 0 performance is awesome never had a problem!!
I wouldn't go 1.5 or 2.0TB not as stable but that's my opinion.
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