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One 2TB Caviar Black or two 1TB Spinpoint F3s?

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Odd question. I already have two 1.5TB Cavair Blacks and I love them. I have a 3TB Caviar Green as a backup which is doing just great. I also bought a 2TB Spinpoint F4 for a backup which I haven't installed yet but has gotten as great reviews as the F3s. I am now looking for a another main drive.

I am looking for one 2TB 7200 drive or two 1TB 7200 drives. I could go with either one but was wondering on some input.

I have four Sata III and four Sata II ports on my MB. All my Sata III ports are full but I could take out the Caviar Green (which is Sata III) and put it in the Sata II because it's just a backup drive which I never use. I have three Sata II ports free.

Would I better off going with one 2TB Caviar Black which is on sale right now for $140 or two 1TB F3 Spinpoints ($65) which is $130? In-fact I bet the Spinpoints will go down to $50 or $55 soon if I wait.

The Caviar Black is Sata III and the Spinpoints are Sata II. I like that they are cheaper and there are two in-case one breaks but I lose the speed-gains of Sata III.

Which do you think would be the better investment? Thanks.
Edited by Deverica Wolf - 6/1/11 at 10:09am
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Get the F3's. With a traditional HDD at 7200 rpm you won't even fully utilize that sata 2 connection. And you are right, those samsungs will go on sale again soon enough.
    
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F3s I think.

raid0 performance for sequential reads is also great with 2xF3s...especially short stroked.

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Spinpoints in Raid 0 if your willing to do so, you wont regret it. If not, get the 2tb black and keep a sata port open for the future, they are faster anyways and only 10 bucks more.
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I don't think sata II or III will make that much of a difference as of now.If it was me I'd wait on the F3's to go back on sale.With the savings you could,with a few bucks extra get 3TB's instead of 2.Or save/put the money towards something else.If you won't use or need the 2TB sell it and recoup some of the $$.
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Sata III doesn't matter on normal spinning disk hard drives because they aren't even fast enough to saturate a Sata II connection. Sata III only matters for SSDs at this point.

I get so annoyed with all this Sata III hype. I was looking at 1 TB Western Digital Caviar Blue drives at the Microcenter website last night and saw them advertise "up to 600 MB/s interface transfer rate"... What a load of crap.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0352167

but those 1TB Caviar Blue are on par with the Samsung F3 1TB. I have been eyeing them.

Also, if you Raid0 the drives you aren't more secure by having 2 drives in case one breaks. You are actually more likely to have data loss because if either drive breaks you lose the entire array. Of course regular backups solves that problem (and we all backup regularly don't we...)
Edited by Epitope - 6/1/11 at 10:36am
    
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