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Windows 7: Want to buy a new Hard drive


11 Nov 2009   #1

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Want to buy a new Hard drive

After my old one has failed i wanna buy a new one... So becuase right now im running knoppix and i dont know what i can type to find my motherboard here are the results from the command that gives detailed information about every device and chipset connected to the PCI bus.hope it helps:
Code:
    Kernel driver in use: i801_smbus     Kernel modules: i2c-i801  00:1f.5 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) 2 port SATA IDE Controller (rev 02) (prog-if 85 [Master SecO PriO])     Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology Device b002     Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 19     I/O ports at e700 [size=8]     I/O ports at e800 [size=4]     I/O ports at e900 [size=8]     I/O ports at ea00 [size=4]     I/O ports at eb00 [size=16]     I/O ports at ec00 [size=16]     Capabilities:      Kernel driver in use: ata_piix  01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G94 [GeForce 9600 GT] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])     Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology Device 3482     Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 12     Memory at f6000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]     Memory at e0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]     Memory at f4000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=32M]     I/O ports at a000 [size=128]     [virtual] Expansion ROM at f7000000 [disabled] [size=512K]     Capabilities:      Kernel modules: nvidiafb  04:00.0 SATA controller: JMicron Technologies, Inc. JMicron 20360/20363 AHCI Controller (rev 02) (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])     Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology Device b000     Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 19     Memory at fc000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]     Capabilities:      Kernel driver in use: ahci  04:00.1 IDE interface: JMicron Technologies, Inc. JMicron 20360/20363 AHCI Controller (rev 02) (prog-if 85 [Master SecO PriO])     Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology Device b000     Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16     I/O ports at b000 [size=8]     I/O ports at b100 [size=4]     I/O ports at b200 [size=8]     I/O ports at b300 [size=4]     I/O ports at b400 [size=16]     Capabilities:      Kernel driver in use: JMicron IDE  05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 01)     Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology Device e000     Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 505     I/O ports at c000 [size=256]     Memory at f9000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]     [virtual] Expansion ROM at 80000000 [disabled] [size=64K]     Capabilities:      Kernel driver in use: r8169     Kernel modules: r8169  06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 01)     Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology Device e000     Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 504     I/O ports at d000 [size=256]     Memory at fb000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]     [virtual] Expansion ROM at 80100000 [disabled] [size=64K]     Capabilities:      Kernel driver in use: r8169     Kernel modules: r8169  07:06.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB23 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link) (prog-if 10 [OHCI])     Subsystem: Giga-byte Technology Device 1000     Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 18     Memory at fc104000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2K]     Memory at fc100000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]     Capabilities:      Kernel driver in use: ohci1394     Kernel modules: ohci1394
Anyway the thing i want from you is to suggest me a good 500gb hdd for my motherboard...

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11 Nov 2009   #2

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If it will be a boot drive, speed is a concern. Western Digital Caviar Black series is very fast, and their "Blue" series is not far behind.

Try to get a model with a single platter. I imagine the newest versions meet that qualification.

Nothing wrong with Seagate or Samsung either. Samsungs may be a bit slower. You stand a certain chance of having a dead on arrival or early failure regardless of your choice. I would test it thoroughly before committing anything serious to it. Maybe run it as a backup drive for a few weeks to put a hundred hours or so on it. If it makes it that far, you have a pretty good chance of it lasting a long time.

You may need a SATA drive or an IDE drive, depending on your mobo. If the mobo is from the last 2 or 3 years, mostly likely SATA is what you need, but you need to confirm that.
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11 Nov 2009   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
If it will be a boot drive, speed is a concern. Western Digital Caviar Black series is very fast, and their "Blue" series is not far behind.

Try to get a model with a single platter. I imagine the newest versions meet that qualification.

Nothing wrong with Seagate or Samsung either. Samsungs may be a bit slower. You stand a certain chance of having a dead on arrival or early failure regardless of your choice. I would test it thoroughly before committing anything serious to it. Maybe run it as a backup drive for a few weeks to put a hundred hours or so on it. If it makes it that far, you have a pretty good chance of it lasting a long time.

You may need a SATA drive or an IDE drive, depending on your mobo. If the mobo is from the last 2 or 3 years, mostly likely SATA is what you need, but you need to confirm that.
so..which one is the best for booting from this list in your opinion? E-SHOP.GR: ??????? ?????? SCSI|ATAPI|SERIAL ATA|SAS|2.5|1.8
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11 Nov 2009   #4

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Not sure you would notice any difference.

Samsung F3 500gb is supposed to be pretty good - all on one platter.

Depends on the price.

I mention the Samsung because it is the least expensive where I am . Might be different in Greece.

I see the Samsung is 47 euros there.

WD equivalent is 66.50 euros.

I know which I would get.
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11 Nov 2009   #5

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thank both of you for the suggestions,seems i will get samsung..nothing to lose
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11 Nov 2009   #6

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Edit: A friend of mine just emailed me and told me to check out this one too: E-SHOP.GR: WESTERN DIGITAL WD5001AALS 500GB CAVIAR BLACK SATA2 what you guys think?
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11 Nov 2009   #7

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I would get this one:

PER.303734 : WESTERN DIGITAL WD5001AALS 500GB CAVIAR BLACK SATA2

It is 7200 rpm, has a 32 MB cache, and probably has just one platter. Price in the USA is 70 dollars normally, now 60 on sale.

Here is more info on it:

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

But you can get a bad one regardless. Nothing wrong with Samsung. Good luck. Find out before you buy what happens if it is dead when you get it or goes bad quickly--do you return it to where you bought it or do you have to deal with Western Digital?

Edit: your friend and I made the same choice.

You will probably have to supply your own cables if it is OEM, not a retail package.

SIW2 is right--in all likelihood you won't notice the difference. You just have to hope you don't have a failure.
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11 Nov 2009   #8

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
Edit: A friend of mine just emailed me and told me to check out this one too: http://www.e-shop.gr/show_per.phtml?...3734E-SHOP.GR: WESTERN DIGITAL WD5001AALS 500GB CAVIAR BLACK SATA2 what you guys think?


That looks the same price as the Samsung.

The key is to check if it is one platter.

That makes a big difference.

If WD has only one platter go for it.

Otherwise, I would get the Samsung.
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11 Nov 2009   #9

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Well,to be honest when i ask which company make the best HDD the answer is always WD.So it seems i will buy the WD one plus it only cost 49euros here edit: gonna check this now
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11 Nov 2009   #10

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I just spent 5 minutes on google trying to confirm number of platters in the WD drives.

Couldn't get any confirmation.

The model numbers that have 64 in them, like 6400 and 6401 are almost certainly 2 platters of 320 each, short-stroked to provide 500 total.

I found some claims that the newest versions of the WD "Blue" series in 500 gig size have a single platter. If they do that in the Blue series, you would think they would do the same thing in their premier "Black" series.

Unless you gotta have it NOW, I would spend a few days to see if I could get any confirmation on the number of platters. Single platter is going to be faster, but you probably wouldn't notice the difference.
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