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#1 cohmoddersolo

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:13 PM

Hi, I currently need a HDD for my main gaming PC that Im building. Since the price of HDD hasnt come down yet, Ive decided to only buy a 500GB unit now and upgrade later. So, out of these three, which do you reckon is best? Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA3 7200rpm Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 500GB SATAII 7200rpm WD Caviar Blue 500GB SATA3 7200rpm Are there any differences between these 3 drives?

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#2 bowiee

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:27 PM

IMHO which ever one floats your boat, I used to have a preference for Samsung nice quiet and reliable drives. I now just buy for size/price.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:38 PM

If I get a SATA3 HDD, and later a SATA3 SSD for the cache setup, will I get more performance over caching a SATA2 drive?
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#4 bowiee

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:48 PM

This is a guide line of the difference between sata II and sataIII of course real world figures will differ, but its a good rule of thumb. Your Mobo need to support sataIII of course.



Difference between SATA II vs. SATA III
What is the difference between SATA II and SATA III?

SATA II (revision 2.x) interface, formally known as SATA 3Gb/s, is a second generation SATA interface running at 3.0 Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 300MB/s.

SATA III (revision 3.x) interface, formally known as SATA 6Gb/s, is a third generation SATA interface running at 6.0Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 600MB/s. This interface is backwards compatible with SATA 3 Gb/s interface.

SanDisk Extreme SSD, which supports SATA 6Gb/s interface and when connected to SATA 6Gb/s port, can reach up to 550/520MB/s sequential read and sequential write speed rates respectively. However, when the drive is connected to SATA 3 Gb/s port, it can reach up to 285/275MB/s sequential read and sequential write speed rates respectively.


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#5 cohmoddersolo

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:46 PM

Ive ordered the Seagate Barracuda 500GB since Ive had a good experience with their drives. My 2008 250GB Seagate HDD is still alive and kicking. Hope the new one would be more reliable. Thanks bowiee.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 11:06 AM

ordered the Seagate ... since Ive had a good experience....


That is IMO the main reason for people picking most brands - best to pick a brand you know and feel confidence in.

I buy WD because of 2 decades of good results with them, I'm just as (un)likely to get a bum drive with WD as any other brand I think. But I'd still feel a little silly and curse if I switched and got a bum drive.
But there's just as many people with similar results from seagate, or other brands.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:50 PM

size and price for me to, but whatever blows ya hair back. theyve all got roughly the same technology anyways size and price for me to, but whatever blows ya hair back. theyve all got roughly the same technology anyways
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#8 cohmoddersolo

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 11:33 PM

Thanks guys. The Hitachi was out of stock when I ordered my HDD. But for the same price, I get a SATA3 drive, and when I get a SSD and use it to cache for the HDD, Ill get more speed than the SATA2.
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Posted 17 March 2012 - 03:35 PM

size and price for me to, but whatever blows ya hair back. theyve all got roughly the same technology anyways

size and price for me to, but whatever blows ya hair back. theyve all got roughly the same technology anyways


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Ill usually go a WD Black now, over the time I've been using them i've only had two issues (Dud's from the same batch).

But as mentioned stick with what you know unless you have need to change.
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#10 Jeruselem

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:21 AM

It's all same same in the end. There's no real difference in reliability, just what people perceive.
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