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Hello everyone:

I am looking to purchase hard drives for my new build that has 2 PCs. The primary drive for the 1st PC, called the "Main PC," will be a Crucial M4 256GB SSD. The primary drive for the 2nd PC, called the "HTPC," is a Western Digital Velociraptor (somewhere between 150 GB and 450 GB - depending on whether I can find good deals).

PC #1: Main PC
The additional drives for the primary PC will have games and used for storing files. I am looking to purchase a 2 TB hard drive, perferably 7200 RPMs with 64 MB Cache. Please note that if I intend to play a game very often that requires higher performance, I will store that game on the SSD.

PC #2: HTPC
I can accommodate a maximum of 3 additional drives for my HTPC (in addition to my primary drive, the Velociraptor). Movies with Blu-Ray quality will be stored on these drives. (I have purchased digital copies of my favorite movies in Blu-Ray quality.) I do not think I need very high or even moderate performance for watching movies, television shows, etc. (If I am wrong, please let me know.) What hard drives can you recommend that would serve this purpose? Due to the large size of movie files, I would prefer 3TB hard drives.

Can I watch movies and listen to music with low performance, high capacity hard drives? For example: would 5900 RPMs and 16 MB cache provide sufficient performance for watching HD movies?

Both computers will have the Windows 7 64-bit Professional operating system.

The problem I am having is reading many mixed reviews on NewEgg, TigerDirect, Amazon, etc., regarding the 2TB and 3TB hard drives by both Western Digital and Seagate. I am not sure what specific models will suit my needs, and which models are the most reliable. I prioritize reliability over performance.

Your opinions and recommendations are greatly appreciated. Many thanks,

Vailen
    
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personally I would get the wd black for the 2tb drive

for the htpc I would get the wd green drives for 3tb, just don't raid them. A cheaper alternative to the raptor drive would be the wd re4 250gb which has almost the same performance but runs a bit cooler and is cheaper.

A 5400 rpm drive should still be way faster than a blu ray drive, so it will handle movies just fine. Many use them for unraid movie servers

I've had no problem with my wd drives - I have 2x1tb blacks in raid 1 + 1tb black for backup, 4x1.5tb re4 blacks in raid 6, 1x250gb re4, 2x3tb greens for back ups.
Edited by stren - 10/21/11 at 10:40am
     
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Thanks Stren. I am going to get the Caviar Blacks 2 TB. People seem to have more problems with the 3 TB. Hitachi already has 4 TB drives, but still too expensive.
    
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Crucial M4 256 GB x2 in RAID Velociraptor Sony 12x Blu-Ray Burner Voyager Warp Core Reservoir by FrozenQPCMods 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Coolermaster R4 Blue LED 120mm Radiator Fans (x18) Noctua NF-S12B FLX 120mm (x10) Noctua NF-R8-1800 80mm (x12) Warp Drive Reservoir by FrozenQPCMods 
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CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Coolermaster R4 Blue LED 120mm Radiator Fans (x18) Noctua NF-S12B FLX 120mm (x10) Noctua NF-R8-1800 80mm (x12) Warp Drive Reservoir by FrozenQPCMods 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Xtreme NOVA 1080 Radiator (x2) Windows 7 Professional 64-bit trying to decide... Custom-built Durandal Backlit Mechanical Keyboa... 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
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