My old drive started failing, so I've been reading about hard drives quite a bit, unfortunately I was unable to choose one. My budget's up to ~$120-130.
I'm gonna use it for everything - OS(-es actually), gaming, video editing, video recording, etc.. The other drive I have is too slow to be used properly, so basically I'm looking for an overall replacement. I'm thinking about 1-2Tb.
I love it when my software starts quickly, so that's my main priority - smoothly running/starting-up software. But I bet I'd get that with any newer hard drive (the rest of the hardware is recently bought, high quality parts), the difference is just how much faster one drive would be than the other.
So here's what I've found out:
* Most Seagate drives come with some sort of an annoying chirping noise that comes out every time the drive seeks data. That probably be bad, since I've an old case that's not too good at isolating the noise coming out of it, I can hear my 16dB cooler for example, and the case is stuffed under the table. They seem to fail quite a bit too, and I've no nerve to hassle with the horrible warranty services over here.
* Caviar Black may be a good choice, but it's slow. Yet faster than Green or Blue drives, but still slow compared quite a few other choices.
* VelociRaptor's great, but very costly - ~$130-140 for 500GB. I'd like a bit more space, as I'm tired of deleting one thing to be able to get another, basically having to switch between the software/games I want to have installed.
So, any suggestions are welcome. Not in the US, but most hard drives are available here. There's basic orientation price about the VelociRaptor (WD5000HHTZ) available, in case it's different from the US. Most prices are gonna have that approximate difference.
Ask any questions if that'll help you to help me to choose a drive.