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Alrighty folks, I'd like some input. I'm on a drive (among all other things -- OCing cpu/vid. card/mem, buying new HSF, lapping HSF, etc), no pun intended, for a new hard drive.

Now, before anyone jumps right in the pool saying "RAID!!!", I'm not thinking RAID. Sorry to burst the collective bubble(s).

What I am thinking, is another HD to run a dual-boot Linux/WinXP system. Now, I currently have a Maxtor 6L200S0 HD, which has treated me pretty well so far. Through my own research and such, I think I'm come down to a decision about drives, and I'm leaning to Western Digital: either the WD2500KS or a Digital Raptor.

Now then, price being a concern, I'd like communal opinions on said drives. Mostly, I'm leaning toward the WD2500KS, as it's larger and much, much cheaper. But, I'm open to persuasion.


Also, since I'm wanting to go dual-boot, and presuming I choose to go with the WD2500KS, which drive would you all suggest for the OSes? I'm leaning towards giving WinXP the WD2500KS as per its slightly larger size and SATA-3.0gbps transfer speeds (for my games) and giving the bit older, SATA-1.5gbps Maxtor 6L200S0 whichever Linux distro I choose for general usage (MP3s, photos, basically anything non-gaming related, almost).

Oh, and, any suggestions on Linux distros?
Alrighty, I'm done now, promise.
post #2 of 15
I agree with your train of thought. The WD2500KS is a really good drive and will treat you well (I got four of 'em). And indeed, use that one for XP and the Maxtor of Linux. No problem there.

Now, a Raptor is nice, but as you said, expensive, and you'll lack storage space. If the Raptor is a serious consideration, you will *have* to include RAID0 as an option.

Is there any specific reason why you exclude RAID?
    
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I have heard the Seagate HD with the Perpendicular storage thingy are noticeably faster than those WD HDs you have there. I have one of the WDs and am looking to get another HD as this one is full or pretty much full (got a few gigs left). and from what I have read the Seagates are faster.
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Originally Posted by Chozart
Is there any specific reason why you exclude RAID?
Yes, but it kinda sucks. It goes as such: I'm only a student, working Part-Time through college and I don't have the funds for the nice drives needed (in my own opinion) for a good RAID setup.
If I were going to run RAID, it'd probably be a 0 or 1 setup with WD Raptor's, and I simply can't afford it (either by the cost for the 150GB 16mb cache Raptors, or by the lost size for the 36 or 74GB Raptors, and especially versus an $80 w/shipping wd2500ks).


That, and I'm trying to save money for a bigger component upgrade down the road (probably right around the time K8L hits the market... although, all of Intel's news as of late has piqued my interest a lot!). My hopes are that I'll have some nice components I can transfer to that future build (such as the HDs--at least the HDs I'd like to keep with a new build).

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Originally Posted by Kamakazi
I have heard the Seagate HD with the Perpendicular storage thingy are noticeably faster than those WD HDs you have there.
Yeah, I've also heard/read promising things about Seagate's new Perpendicular recording Tech. Even given what I just previously said, I may not keep the HDs in a new build, and go the way of Perpendicular.
But, money being a big factor (such a tight budget I work with!) right now, I can only (sadly ) sit back and watch and wait.
post #5 of 15
well, your current decision is between a 250GB hard drive and a raptor. However, two 160GB/16MB cache drives won't break the bank and perform really well in RAID0. I recommend RAID over a Raptor.

Two of these will cost $141.26 (including shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136062

And a single 74GB Raptor costs $165.63 (including shipping).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136033

Thus, if a Raptor is in your plans now, RAID should also be. You can always keep the drives later for back up or so.
    
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I think you should get a Seagate at BestBuy. They are dirt-cheap there. For example, my new 400GB 3G/s SATA drive was only $200, regular priced! I think you should get a Seagate because they are very reliable and fast. Just my .
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Newegg, the 250 GB Perpindicular storage is the only like 5 bucks more than the 250 WD Caviar.
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Don't hate to disappoint you... but $200 ain't that cheap

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3400620AS 400GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $169.99 + $5.64 shipping.
    
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May it be your buying from a local source take a look at the link.
http://salescircular.com/in/computer/hdiskp.shtml
That is for Drake BTW with the IN area sales.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart
Don't hate to disappoint you... but $200 ain't that cheap

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3400620AS 400GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $169.99 + $5.64 shipping.
First, I think you mean Hate to... OR Don't want to...
Second, this was a few months ago, so I'm sure the prices have dropped. And I'm fine with that because that's the way it works in the brutal world of technology.
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