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Windows 7: Need new Hard Drive, choices, choices...

17 Oct 2012   #1

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Need new Hard Drive, choices, choices...

Hi there. I recently have had hard drive failure, and I am in need of an upgrade.
However, I'm not sure what I should get...

I have been referred to this site:
Best High-End Gaming PC | Hardware Revolution
Best Mainstream Gaming PC | Hardware Revolution

I think I have narrowed it down in my amateur opinion to: Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ: Electronics
or Western Digital 1 TB WD Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive: Computers & Accessories

According to that website, the Spinpoint is very reliable, and the SATA 6.0 is mostly useless. I've read elsewhere that a 32mb cache vs. a 64mb cache will not make a difference either. Secondly, I have heard that WD has horrible support, and that is exactly what I'm switching from. Also, I really only need 500GB, but the 1TB is about the same price, or cheaper. SSD is too expensive for me right now, and I'd like to keep it less that 100$.

Is there another hard drive I should be looking at?
If not, which one should I get?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

I recently bought this one - Seagate Constellation ES ST500NM0011 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Enterprise Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive It is one of the few remaining HDDs with a 5 year warranty and enterprize class is designed to run 24/7. I've had no problems with it.

Just a thought, I've had 2 HDD failures in my PC experience of about 18 years, both were WD.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

Seagate Barracuda 2TB....... - Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

The 1TB version is $89.99, so no real reason to get that one when you can get a 2TB model for $20 more. This is the new generation(7200.14) and is called "The Power of One" meaning 1TB per platter. I have one and it is one of the fastest 7200rpm HDD there is. I would either go with this, or WD Caviar Black. When you do get ready to make the change to an SSD, you can use your new HDD as your data/storage drive.

EDIT: The Seagate Constellation that Britton suggested would be a good drive to get as well.
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