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Windows 7: Comparing 2tb hard drives. WD vs Seagate

02 Jan 2014   #31

7 home premium 64 bit

Well this is going to turn out to be more costly than I first planned, but i will get a pretty nice system. I am a little bummed xp wont work with ssd's but it is an old os. The ssd's seem to last a lot longer than standard HDD's although there size is a lot smaller.

The ssd $130
Paragon Migration tool $20 I want to get it due simplicity.

$150 I feel poor but am confidant it is a good system :)

As whs signiture says Keep it as simple as possible - that keeps you out of trouble.

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02 Jan 2014   #32
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Congratulations. You made a good choice. But unless you plan to install big games on Win7, you could really get away with a smaller SSD. Remember, all my desktop SSDs are 60GB and are half empty.

BTW: it is not that XP would not work on a SSD but you run into 2 problems:

1. XP does not support TRIM and that would slow down the write operations on the SSD - for XP and Windows 7

2. In a double boot, you have both bootloaders in the bootmgr and that is a bit iffy the day you want to delete one system. If you install XP on the HDD, make sure the SSD is disconnected. Then once both systems are installed, switch between the 2 systems with the boot priority of the BIOS - F12 during boot (ESC for HP PCs).
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03 Jan 2014   #33

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
5400RPM is noticeably slower than a 7200RPM drive. But if you are in no hurry, that will be OK.
Only with some operations, they (5400rpm) are slower when it comes to latency/IOps, but sequential I/O is very good. The 5400 rpm date density is so high they can actually be faster at sequential I/O than a 10,000rpm hdd.

In day to day operations my 10,000 rpm VelociRaptor is noticeably faster opening large files like Photoshop or Office. Once everything is open and cached there's not that much difference. There is little difference in opening small files

7200 and 10,000 rpm drives use more power and produce more heat, this is important if you have a lap top. Faster spinners tend to make more noise but in my experience this can be overcome with proper mounting.

If speed is the primary goal then SSD is the wise choice. Newegg and TD have factory refurb ssd's dirt cheap. They have a factory warranty and the two I have bought seem fine, show 100% in Hard Disk sentinel health reports. These have been in operation for several months now and not a single hiccup.

My oldest drive is a 20 year old Maxtor and it still runs Linux on one of my boxes. I've managed to kill WD and Seagate drives in the past, it appears to be luck of the draw as far as life span. I know heat seems to be a common factor in the hdd failures I have experienced. They do not like being dropped
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