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post #1 of 17
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I may be looking to upgrade my old hard drive.

Right now, I have this.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Western-Digi...item483a522b57

It's a fierce performer and still chugging along after 4 years or so. But, I am wondering what a good step up would be from it?

Preferably something that runs cooler, has more space, and is SATA. I am not interested in SSDs.

Thank you.
post #2 of 17
Samsung Spinpoint F3?
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Originally Posted by Sophath View Post
Samsung Spinpoint F3?
I've heard a lot of good things about those. Do they truly operate cooler than my WD5000AAKS-65A7B2?
post #4 of 17
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Samsung Spinpoint F3?
For the price this is the best SATA hard drive IMHO

2x the storage, 60% of the price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ung%20f3%201tb

I have the exact drive you linked + a samsung F3 and here is how they compare on my Gigabyte P35-S3G with a Conroe E6400


Edited by CravinR1 - 10/11/11 at 5:54pm
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What kind of temperature are you getting with your current HDD?
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post #6 of 17
You should probably wait until Western Digital starts manufacturing single platter 1TB drives. Otherwise you can look into Hitachi 1TB drives cause they're selling them already. If you want to look into larger storage capacities then check out Seagate 3TB XT drives since all four of mine have been working great so far...then you can get yourself a RAID-0 or SSD partition as your OS drive.
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The Samsung drives' I've owned consistently ran cooler than my Western Digital(s). For example, a friend mine has a 1Tb F3 that runs just slightly warmer than my WD Green, which is designed for lower power and temperatures than traditional drives. So an F3 would be a better choice. If you don't mind a slower drive (for storage), the F4 2Tb is an even better deal. Good luck on a new drive
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My F3 is 11 cel lower than my WD aaks. Those runs are on the exact same PC taken back to back in the same temps/room/case
post #9 of 17
WD's in my expierence have always run a little warm, and yours is 4 years old and still beastin', of course it's gonna be warm lol. Samsung and Seagate always ran cold and smooth for me. Also, is there a fan blowing on the hard drive?
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I have used Samsung, Hitachi's and Western Digital's and they all worked fine and lasted seemingly forever. However, my personal favorite are the WD Cav Black's. Fast and quiet (if properly mounted) and run cool. Don't buy a Velociraptor - too noisy for their small speed improvement.

Obviously your case will determine how cool and quiet they run. Whichever one you choose - get their newest model with the biggest cache.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136284
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