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I'm after some decent and cheap HDDs.
I'd need them for 2 different purposes, therefore 2 different models (unless they are good at both, and cheap).
One purpose is for every day use and gaming, running an OS kind of stuff.
The other one is storing movies, music, watching them obviously, also storing all my project stuff (programming, web sites, photoshop stuff).
I'm wondering... what is the real life difference between say a 50€ drive and 100€ drive (both ~500GB).

Also I'm concerned about space, I have 3 HDD cages that fit in 3 HDDs each, however, I'd like to try and keep 2 of them free, that leaves space for 3 in the cage, and I can mod my case to fit HDDs between the case and the side panel.
I'm planning on getting a SSD later when they are cheaper, and then have HDDs for pure storage purpose.
Is there a big (real life) difference between HDDs (say caviar green, and some average high(ish) performance HDD)?
I also considered just getting cheap drives for storage now, if the real life performance difference isn't that high, I think I can live it until I get myself a SSD.

What do you think?
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SamSung F3 500GB.
WD Cav. Blue. 320GB AAKS.
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post #3 of 9
I think sticking with the cheaper drives for now is a good plan. I don't think performance/cost difference is worth it between blues and blacks, if you plan on going SSD in the near future.

I have had good luck with the WD Blue 500GB models, they can be had for the low $40s.
post #4 of 9
Personally I own 3 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 drives and have experienced no trouble. They do EXACTLY what they're supposed to.

I work with intensive video editing, multimedia and f@h projects with very few slowdowns and/or bottlenecks. They're on the lower end of the spectrum, and can be had for approximately $40.
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post #5 of 9
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Funny, I currently have the F3s
My initial problem was that the SSDs were just so damn expensive, and I'd want at least 256GB, and they are still way too expensive.
I have 2x500GB F3s atm, and they are in raid0 (FakeRaid, onboard thing), and I'm not even sure there is any performance gain with the FakeRaid, I can't install ubuntu on my machine because of the FakeRaid.
However, all my HDDs (internal and external) are full, and I can't delete anything, over the years, I have always stripped down my data due to storage shortage, and I'm down to a bear minimum.
I've lost so many TV shows I've recorded e.g. complete seasons, all gone, same thing with movies.
Oh yeah I forgot the problem lol, because the raid is not worth it and is causing trouble (have to load drivers each frickin time I use the windows CD for the commant prompt), I want the raid gone for good, but that would mean the loss of my data, and nearly 900GB worth of movies, games, tv shows, music (flac takes up much space) and all my photoshop and website projects. I can't afford to lose them.

Do you guys think I should get myself 1TB drives from now on, or should I even get 2TB drives to save space? Cheapest 1TB drives here are from 40€ up. The Samsung Spinpoints from F1 all to F3, Caviar Greens, Seagate 5900.3s and 7200.12s. (All within 40-50€)
Cheapest 2TB drives are Samsung EcoGreen F4s, Caviar Greens all for around 60-70€

What should I get?
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post #6 of 9
Since you have 900GB of data, I'd get the 2TB drives and since your done with RAID, use the 2nd hard drive as a back up to the first drive. You need to have your data duplicated on more then one drive, in case of a HD failure.
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Good idea, does raid1 some how affect performance? (I assume raid1 doesn't create problems?)
Are samsung "green" drives the only on without the raid firmware problems?
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I have two 1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3's in a raid 0. I have had no problems here. These a good drives and one of the fastest 1TB drives you can get.

But I can't decide if I should get some more drives for off line backup purpose or to setup a Raid 5 on my machine.
    
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post #9 of 9
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I think I'm going for the 2TB drives, motherboards usually don't have too many sata ports anyway, and since so many things use the sata ports today (dvd etc), might be wise to get bigger drives.
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