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So my step dads old HDD died and he lost all of his files (he never backed it up) including old pics and his resume, so now im scared im going t loose all of my stuff. I want to buy a small drive to put my important stuff on, which one is faster AND the most reliable:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148701
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136769

im looking for the most speed, as long as it doesnt comprimise reliability. Personally i like the cav blue since WD has always been a quality brand, but the barracuda is a lot thinner which makes me think its only a single platter drive.
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why not just get a Western Digital Caviar Black? ive, as well as many other members here, have used them for years, and they are great

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...+black&x=0&y=0

should be able to get a 500gb for less than 60

edit, new eggs prices are a bit high, i have 4 WDCBS in different rigs, all were less then $60 from a local shop
   
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Im only going to consider these 2 drives, so please just tell me which is more reliable and which is quicker.

Also, why does it say 7800RPM in your sig? I wasnt aware that was a standard.
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I had 2 caviar blues for over a year with no hiccups.

All drives are susceptible to failure at random intervals, these drives are just as likely to fail as any other drive on the market(not including those with defects). If you want to be safe grab two and raid 1.
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I had 2 caviar blues for over a year with no hiccups.

All drives are susceptible to failure at random intervals, there isn't an amazing ultra durable drive that is guaranteed to last 20 years. If you want to be safe grab two and raid 1.
Ya i know, i just dont have the funds right now, i have 42$ to spend on a drive but if the seagate is better i can find the extra 2$.

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Wow, it looks like teh WD is faster. And its right in my price range, plus i trust WD more than i trust another company.
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post #7 of 17
I have two WD Caviar Blue 500gbs. They have worked for me pretty well since 2008. I only have one or two bad sectors on each.

You can find them cheap sometimes in the sale section here, however, if you buy from newegg it is just cheaper to go with a WD Caviar Black. The price per GB is about the same if you buy a 1 or 2 TB Caviar Black as it is if you bought a 500gb Caviar Blue from newegg.
    
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I have two WD Caviar Blue 500gbs. They have worked for me pretty well since 2008. I only have one or two bad sectors on each.

You can find them cheap sometimes in the sale section here, however, if you buy from newegg it is just cheaper to go with a WD Caviar Black. The price per GB is about the same if you buy a 1 or 2 TB Caviar Black as it is if you bought a 500gb Caviar Blue from newegg.
again, i have a budget of 42$
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again, i have a budget of 42$
Well, you may want an increase in your budget. Newegg is not cheap for HDD's ($/per gig) unless you go into the 1.5-2TB range.
    
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I have probably bought about 6 WD Caviar Blues just in the past 2 years. I have two in the rig I am using right now actually. Plus I know a lot of people around here hate Seagate drives since they tend to have a high failure rate (don't know how true that is or not).

Also, in the for sale section I am selling a WD Caviar Blue 500GB for $35 shipped brand new and never used. I got one for a build for a friend but the friend ended up having to cancel the build so it is still in the original packaging. That didn't affect my opinion on the WD Blues though I promise. Just trying to help an OCNer on a budget out.
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