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Windows 7: New Hard Drive suggestions?

06 Jan 2009   #11

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I used to use many different hard drives for various builds... out of 20 or so i used maxtors and seagates and I had the most trouble with them (failures, loud, sluggish). So far (about 12 hdds) WD has never failed me so far, so i'd stick with them. Guess it depends on your luck though. I enjoy my raptor in my "awesome" machine as well.

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06 Jan 2009   #12

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Thanks john,

Yes , it's worth considering - the fact he says the turn around time is great means he must have to return at least one. Hmmm. Though it does seem everyone has a different experience.

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06 Jan 2009   #13


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi Kid,

It's interesting - have seen some reviews in UK mags - broadly in agreement with Techreport.

They all say the SE16 640GB is a best buy, for while the SE32 640GB is faster ( although not by much ) they all point out the noise - so it must be noticeable. Also makes me think ( perhaps wrongly ) that if it's making all that noise, it may be wearing itself out.

They all seem to put The Seagate 7200.11 in the middle of the pack - it does some things well , others not so well.

The thing that concerned me about WD was a couple people said they had problems with them. Now we've had a couple saying the opposite.

Thanks for the responses everyone - keep them coming.

Western Digital Caviar Blue (640GB) | Hard disks / storage | Reviews | Custom PC

They say here WD SE16 640GB performs as well as WD SE32 1TB ( the fact it is smaller, i.e. one less platter helps, of course )

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB | Hard disks / storage | Reviews | Custom PC

So if you are going for the WD Black SE32 - get the 640GB rather than the 1TB.


I have the 1TB it makes NO NOISE. It is the quietest hard drive I have ever owned. No idea what those reviewers are smoking calling this drive loud.

Also why would 5 years matter over 3? The data is all that matters. So your hard drive makes it 4 years and craps out and you lose everything. Are you seriously worried about the money? I wouldn't be, I don't want it to fail at all to begin with. If it fails the problem is already there, the warranty will only be for another drive the same as the one that just crapped out on you, which you likely won't want after that happens!
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06 Jan 2009   #14

XP Pro, Windows 7 Ultimate 64 & 32 Build 7022

I will say this, I liked the cuda drives, they are fast & get the job done, I'm a PC tech & I have seen my fair share of bad drives, but when the bucket for e-waste was full of Maxtor & Seagate drives I tend to go for the product thats not in the bucket. BTW, I just realized my external backup drive is a 7200 Seagate 320GB SATA, ironic huh.

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