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just wanted to see if any other HDD has the same kind of performance as the WD blacks
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Cavier Blacks actually aren't that good in terms of performance. I mean, don't get me wrong, they are still good, and in terms of customer service, etc. WD is great. But to answer your question, Samsung Spinpoint F3, and other Spinpoints. and the current fastest HDD on the market, the Hitachi Deskstar 7k1000 1TB.
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what size hdd are you looking at?
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Originally Posted by Nnimrod View Post
Cavier Blacks actually aren't that good in terms of performance. I mean, don't get me wrong, they are still good, and in terms of customer service, etc. WD is great. But to answer your question, Samsung Spinpoint F3, and other Spinpoints. and the current fastest HDD on the market, the Hitachi Deskstar 7k1000 1TB.
Wrong, WD black is faster than a Spinpoint F3 and Deskstar 7K1000. Caviar blacks are the fastest 7200rpm sata drives aside from the Deskstar 7K3000s 3TB. The fastest hard drive is a WD VelociRaptor. Id like to know where you get this information.

Edit: The Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB is actually faster than the 7K3000.
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 11/3/11 at 3:00pm
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500 gig ish or more , iv got an old 200 gig sata 1 as storage and its not going to last much longer . so wanted to upgrade to a faster one

thanks Nnimrod will take a look at the deskstars
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OP, if you're thinking about getting a new HDD. You best get looking for one quick. Because, HDD prices are skyrocketing
It's not a good time to be buying HDDs
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OP, if you're thinking about getting a new HDD. You best get looking for one quick. Because, HDD prices are skyrocketing
It's not a good time to be buying HDDs
yeah thanks i noticed .. thats why i was asking about Hdds other than Wd with the same or better performance
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I'm thinking that maybe you might find some old stock! Or even an external USB HDD, with a SATA HDD inside
I'm thinking maybe a 1TB WD My Book at old prices.

I wish you gl. We didn't see this coming
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Cavier Blacks actually aren't that good in terms of performance. I mean, don't get me wrong, they are still good, and in terms of customer service, etc. WD is great. But to answer your question, Samsung Spinpoint F3, and other Spinpoints. and the current fastest HDD on the market, the Hitachi Deskstar 7k1000 1TB.
Err.... no. The WD1002FAEX should still be faster. Tests indicate so. But I should probably explain why.

http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...ex-f3-1tb.html

Speed is usually measured in sequential MB/sec, and that's wrong. It should be a consideration of both IOPS (I/O's per second, or reads/writes per second) and the max/avg sequential speeds.

WD Blacks have very high IOPS compared to other brands, so although their sequential speeds can be lower, they still maintain a performance edge. (depending on what you're doing)

IOPS can be calculated from the average access time and sequential performance. Tools like HDTune Pro do this and provide graphs to help visualize it.



If you look around for similar drives like the F3 1TB, you'll find the WD Black 1TB is 20-30% higher in IOPS. Avg Speed (in the RandomAccess test right above) is probably also higher, even though the drive may have lower max sequential speeds.

The other thing to factor in is the slant of the random access pattern. (the yellow dots in the screenshots below)




This tells you how much the drive slows down as you fill it. Hitachi drives and Green drives tend to have steeper slants. As they fill up, games and newly installed stuff end up at the end of the drive, far away from your OS's system files. The seeking back and forth is slower on drives with steeper slants, and is usually the cause of stutters.

One way to combat those stutters is to split the drive into multiple partitions. Use the first one for OS/Apps/Games, and the other partition(s) for everything else which won't be accessed at the same time.


Now, which drive is "fastest"?

Well, as an OS/Games drive, there's a lot of seeking all over the place. It's probably the WD1002FAEX that is fastest due to the seek speeds.

As an OS/Games/Storage drive, the WD Black is definitely the fastest.

But as a dedicated Games drive, the Hitachi 7K1000.D takes a significant lead (due to its superior sequential performance) and the F3 1TB matches the WD Black 1TB. The higher sequential speeds balance out the lower IOPS, so you should go for whatever costs the least wherever you're at.

And as a vids/movies storage drive, obviously more sequential performance wins. (Hitachi 7K1000.D, no contest) However, all modern HDDs are way faster than the bitrates of videos, so even a 5400RPM WD Green would work fine - unless you're doing high bitrate stuff like FRAPS capturing. (In that case you want RAID-0 to combine sequential speeds, or a fast drive that pushes 175MB/sec sequential like the 7K1000.D.

One final note - the .D in 7K1000.D is important. The .C's are slower than Seagate .12 1TB's, WD Blues, WD Blacks, Samsung F3 1TB's, etc.
     
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the wd 500gig black are good solid hard drives.out of the 500 gig range the wd black is probably the best one out there.
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