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EDIT:
Bought the WD 500GB Black Caviar!


I'm building my mum a PC - and found these two drive very affordable for the performance and what they offer.
I've look quite a lot around the internet and 100% of people say the Caviar Black is a much better choice for an OS drive, as it is more reliable. But most of those threads were dated back before Seagate investigated the issue on 7200.11.

The Baracuda I'm looking at is 7200.12 - more so it has 1TB space, where as the WD has "only" 500GB.
My mum won't even use more than 300GB realistically, so if there are any suggestions please do throw them at me!

I'm looking for 6GB/s with 64MB cache.

The reason I created this thread to ask is quite simple - price of the two is the same, performance seems very equal, but size of drives is double the difference:
-£55 Seagate: Link
-£58 WD Black: Link

Help would be appreciated!
Edited by Totally Dubbed - 2/6/13 at 3:31pm
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i have the baracuda and it has never failed me and i have had a WD drive but it was a green and it worked but it was kinda slow..but i know the blacks are faster as for me i would go with the Seagate 1TB instead of the WD Black 500Gb
but the final decision is up to you man
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Out of the two I'd take any because Seagate has recently Upped their game and are pretty reliable. But the Black WD packs a solid 5 year warranty.

I'd personally buy the WD BLUE 1TB EZEX, fast and silent drive and comes with a 2 year warranty.
Edited by chip94 - 2/6/13 at 10:37am
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If space isn't a concern so much as reliability & support (which it seems to be in this case), I'd stick with the WD.

IIRC the response rates on the EZEX drives were abysmal, like 20ms or something.
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Originally Posted by Hartk1213 View Post

i have the baracuda and it has never failed me and i have had a WD drive but it was a green and it worked but it was kinda slow..but i know the blacks are faster as for me i would go with the Seagate 1TB instead of the WD Black 500Gb
but the final decision is up to you man

Thanks for the response man! I just need to know the way the Seagate reliability is now, rather than when everyone was having those problems.
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Out of the two I'd take any because Seagate has recently Upped their game.

The plus point of the WD is the 5 year warranty.

I'd personally buy the WD BLUE 1TB EZEX, fast and silent drive and comes with a 2 year warranty.

The blue is used as a less fast drive right?
I would rather get her a 7200RPM one and not a 5400RPM one.

As for warranty - how good or bad are WD when it comes to warranties, in the UK?


Btw thanks for the response to both of you +reps.
I have no preference over manufacturer - but reliability and speed are two things I definitely want - even though it is for my mum, and she won't notice the difference between 5400 and 7200 - it would annoy me tongue.gif


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Originally Posted by candy_van View Post

If space isn't a concern so much as reliability & support (which it seems to be in this case), I'd stick with the WD.

IIRC the response rates on the EZEX drives were abysmal, like 20ms or something.

So the baracudas are still not reliable?
And that's from a non fanboy perspective I hope right? (I'm not accusing you of being a fanboy...but a LOT of people when I searched were fanboys for certain drives)

+rep to you too kind sir!
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Originally Posted by candy_van View Post

If space isn't a concern so much as reliability & support (which it seems to be in this case), I'd stick with the WD.

IIRC the response rates on the EZEX drives were abysmal, like 20ms or something.

Those are the older versions, the newer EZEX's are more refined with access times of 15ms. Not bad at all.
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Ah, that's better then - the first ones were just horrific with access times.

Still might lean more toward the 5 yr warranty if the space truly won't be an issue, but you could also pick up a 1TB black second hand if you don't want to compromise.
The warranties are serial # based, so if you find one that still has 4+ years on the warranty it's a good deal.
Edited by candy_van - 2/6/13 at 10:46am
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Ah, that's better then - the first ones were just horrific with access times.

Not sure what the EZEX is, but I'll google that now - here's ebuyer's performance section for the bara:
Performance
Data Transfer Rates 600 MB/s
Average Seek Time Read: 8.5ms • Write: 9.5 ms
Seek Time (Track to Track) Read: 1.0ms • Write: 1.2 ms
Average Latency 4.16 ms
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For a OS driver just get a 120gb SSD (it is well worth it, I doubt she will need anything more then 120gb, anything else can be stored on another HDD or usb HDD. SSD is well worth it, I wouldn't get anything less for a OS drive. The speed increase is hugely noticeable. Like going from a Pentium 4 to a c2d in terms of HDD performance, if you remember that jump it was pretty damn huge.

For a HDD get a Black if you want it to be dependable. I have 3 in Raid 0, been going strong for years now.

I have personally had bad problems with seagate HDDs going bad on me, though the last drive I bought from them was more then 1.5 years ago.


Honestly why wouldn't you give your mom a SSD, she gave birth to you. She shouldn't have to dick around with old slow hard drives still.
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i wouldn't buy any drive thats falls asleep...hate havingto wait for spin up.

looking at you toshiba 2tb mad.gif
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