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Hey guys, I've been looking for a hard drive to get for my new build but I'm not sure where to look since newegg reviews are full of idiots. I'm afraid of getting the western digital caviar black series since they reportedly have a 10 percent failure rate, and I'm also not sure if cache size matters too much. Additionally, I'm getting the z68 mobo which I believe has sata 6gb/s support and was wondering if I should be getting a SATA 6 hdd.
    
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Get sata 6Gb/s, a drive with the largest cache you can find, but avoid the 5400rpm drives, get 7200rpm.

Get WD caviar black/blue, not green (5400rpm)

Or Seagate, and most importante the cheapest you can find.

But if you want speed, go for Sata 6Gb/s SSD.
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Forget sata 3, hdds can't even fully utilise sata 2. Get yourself a wd black stat 2 or a sansung f3. Either one of those will serve you well.
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Originally Posted by munaim1 View Post
Forget sata 3, hdds can't even fully utilise sata 2. Get yourself a wd black stat 2 or a sansung f3. Either one of those will serve you well.
This, and get the 1tb drive, its like 10 bucks more and very worth it. I am picking one up myself.
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Originally Posted by Pyroh View Post
Hey guys, I've been looking for a hard drive to get for my new build but I'm not sure where to look since newegg reviews are full of idiots. I'm afraid of getting the western digital caviar black series since they reportedly have a 10 percent failure rate
Nah. If you believe Newegg reviews, some SSDs have a 70% failure rate.

A WD Black 1TB is a fine choice.
     
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But if you want speed, go for Sata 6Gb/s SSD.
Because bandwidth totally dictates how fast the component is.
 
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Because bandwidth totally dictates how fast the component is.
In fairness, SATA3 SSDs are all faster than SATA2 SSDs...

Doesn't apply to HDDs, but it does for SSDs.
     
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post #10 of 13
I own two western digital caviar blacks and I couldn't be happier with them. I believe I got them for around $65 shipped from newegg.

Blacks are incredibly fast, reliable, and come with a 5 year warranty. Most other drives only come with a 3 year warranty.

I will tell you though, the few people that do have problems with their caviar blacks own the 500 gb model. It seems the 640 gb model and above are less prone to problems. That being said, I put a 500 gb caviar black in my mom's computer about a year ago and it is still working flawlessly. I check the smart data once a month and no problems so far.
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