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While looking for a cheap basic os drive, I read over something someone said on a review of the wd 80gb hdd " I like the 80G the best because running scans don't take all day or night". Sounds like a sound theory.

Now the price difference between 80gb and 160gb is $1, no lie. For a server 2k3 build would I need the 160gb?
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We can't really tell you what you would "need" as only you know what you will be putting on the drive. That being said, space on regular old spin drives is pretty cheap these days, you can easily go up to 500gb without adding more than $15 I'd imagine.
 
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I know I can get away with the smallest cheapest drive for the build. Im not going to spend the 15 extra for gigs I wont fill, I could just put the 15 into the storage drives. Just wondering if anyone else thinks the metioned idea makes sense.
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i personaly sell (Canada Computer) 500gb WD for 39.99 and i know a few other place that do the same.

one thing to remember, bigger run faster.... so that might be worthed the extra few $$
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You shouldn't look at it like GB's that you won't fill. You should look at it like an investment in reliability and improved performance.

See, if you fill 60GB of that drive, lots of the time the drive will be seeking 75%+ into the platter. That's a lot of movement. It'll make more noise and have rather high seek times.

But if you grab the 160GB drive, then it's still only seeking 60GB in, which is 37.5% of the platter. The head has to move half as far, so it finds files faster, and you get more speed.

For that very reason, I'd look into the F3 1TB. They come on sale for $49.99 + FS all the time. (every two weeks, approximately) A 1TB F3 would only have to seek 6% in. The head barely has to move at all, so the drive spends most of its time reading/writing rather than seeking. And you avoid those noisy long-distance seeks. There's probably also less wear and tear, although since I don't know everything about HDD internals, I can't say that for certain.

$10 extra gets you roughly 3x the performance and a longer-lasting/expandable drive.

When installing onto it, I'd format it to whatever you need (~60GB), then expand the partition later if necessary.
Edited by Kramy - 7/20/11 at 12:04am
     
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Newegg.com sells a bare 500gb Seagate drive for $40. i have 4 of them and have never had any problems (mine are ST3500418AS, now a deactivated product).
ST3500413AS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148701

EDIT: A very good option is to get a large capacity drive, such as a 500GB or 1TB drive, and "short Stroke" the drive. that is to say, only format a 100GB partition on the drive. since drives automatically begin the format at the 1st available sector, this only uses 1/5 (500gb) or 1/10 (1TB) making the head only go over that area of the disk and increasing perforemance
Edited by Nemesis158 - 7/20/11 at 12:09am
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Don't get confused about size. If it's fast, then it's fast.
    
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Quote:
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Newegg.com sells a bare 500gb Seagate drive for $40. i have 4 of them and have never had any problems (mine are ST3500418AS, now a deactivated product).
ST3500413AS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148701
It's worth noting that a platter is a platter. Whether it's 80GB or 160GB or 500GB, it's still one platter. You're not "wasting" anything.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...t,2528-10.html

Another point for the F3 1TB - those drives are quite power efficient. If it shaves off even 2 watts, at 24/7/365 use @ $0.15/kwh it saves you about $2.65/yr. The 500GB F3 shaves off another watt from its bigger brother, so it'd save you about $4.00/yr.

Assuming of course that you pay for power wherever you live.
     
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