Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Best OS Drive & Best Storage Drive Recommendations

20 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
Best OS Drive & Best Storage Drive Recommendations

I'm going to buy a new hard drive for a new OS installation, and I'd like to know what the most reliable, well performing drive is, for the best price. I'm thinking about a 1 Terabyte drive because I'll probably install Windows 7, XP, and possibly try to build a Hackintosh too. So I'll probably make 3 partitions, or 4 since Windows 7 requires an extra partition for the bootmgr or whatever.

Also, I'm looking for storage drive recommendations. I bought a Samsung HD240UI quite awhile ago and it's performed well so far.

Let me know what you think, thanks!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Oct 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64

It depends on what your personal interest is in directly.
Are you more concerned with performance, or longevity?
Are you more concerned with energy use, or seek times?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

This isn't something we can really help with. By a hard drive from a reputable brand that is the size/speed you want. As for the OS, I'd stick with one as your primary, and then virtualize the others.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

best drive for os, id suggest an SSD of 60gb or larger. corsair force 3 120gb gets my vote, for storage a 2tb should serfice
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

I think for now I'm going to avoid SSD because of the prices. I also checked the reviews awhile ago and there seem to be problems (with the firmware etc) they're still working out.

I'll probably get the Samsung 2 TB for storage and I was thinking about this one for the operating systems: - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Best OS Drive & Best Storage Drive Recommendations

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
External drive listed as mass storage not disk drive no current access
I have a Toshiba 500 gb had that I currently use as storage 4 things like my music my pictures important documents and the last 3 years of my college education. Anytime I plugged it into my laptop the device manager listed it as a disk drive and it was found with all of the other drives listed...
Hardware & Devices
Reformat Windows Drive Without Affecting Second Storage Drive
I have 2 hard drives in my computer - an SSD for my windows boot drive and a WD 1TB as my storage drive (music/movies...) and I am planning on doing a clean reinstall of Windows 7 (on the SSD). Will this have any affect on my second storage drive? Basically what I am asking is that once I have...
Installation & Setup
Format & Partition New Drive to Use as a Backup Drive or Storage Drive
I want to prepare a factory fresh drive so that I can use it to save backup images. Soon I will have a second drive that will only be used to store data files. Neither drive will ever be used for the installation of an operating system. From what I've read, I see no advantage to having more than a...
Hardware & Devices
Installed storage drive, now system drive will not boot
I have a 1T SATA system drive and a 1T SATA working drive. I installed a 3T SATA storage drive, and now my system won't boot from the C:. I have to go into the BIOS and boot from there, or use a boot disk. How do I get the system to boot from C: again?
Hardware & Devices
Changing Primary Partion from Storage Drive to OS Drive
Hello, I recently purchased a new motherboard. After reinstalling windows, I noticed that my primary partition is also on my Storage Drive. Is there a way to change it back to only the SSD? ...
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:50.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App