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post #11 of 24
The Blue WD drives run at 7200rpm.

The WD 1TB Blue EZEX is WD's fastest 1TB consumer drive(single platter). I've got two of them and am very pleased.thumb.gif

They're tuned for low noise but are still fast. The 500GB black you've listed is also tuned for low noise (despite being a Black Drive).

Get the Black if you want the 5years warranty. Otherwise I strongly suggest the EZEX. It will perform the same if not better compared to the WD Black 500GB
I don't recommend seagates after I had a really bad time with them.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-internal-Hard-Drive/dp/B0088PUEPK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360176589&sr=8-1

EDIT:

The EZEX vs the AZEX



Edited by chip94 - 2/6/13 at 10:54am
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I have had 7 WD hdd's recently, 4 in my desktop and 3 in my NAS, none of which have failed yet. I am loyal to WD until something proves otherwise.
    
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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.

See I had SSD's in mind at first too myself.
I agree SSD's are brilliant.
I have one myself 120GB - but feel that 120GB might be limiting her a little. I basically don't want her having 2 drives. Just saving everything on one drive, making life simple for her.
If this was for me 120GB SSD + 3TB WD/Bara (I'm thinking of buying 3TB's actually myself, but got 2x 1TB of SATA 2 HDD's with only 32MB cache)

FYI:
I bought my SSD in the USA - for only $75 -> corsair Force GT
Here in the UK SSD's are still too expensive. That same drive, is still £120 here.
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by chip94 View Post

The Blue WD drives run at 7200rpm.

The WD 1TB Blue EZEX is WD's fastest 1TB consumer drive(single platter). I've got two of them and am very pleased.thumb.gif

They're tuned for low noise but are still fast. The 500GB black you've listed is also tuned for low noise (despite being a Black Drive).

Get the Black if you want the 5years warranty. Otherwise I strongly suggest the EZEX. It will perform the same if not better compared to the WD Black 500GB
I don't recommend seagates after I had a really bad time with them.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-internal-Hard-Drive/dp/B0088PUEPK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360176589&sr=8-1

Quote:
Originally Posted by Krud View Post

I have had 7 WD hdd's recently, 4 in my desktop and 3 in my NAS, none of which have failed yet. I am loyal to WD until something proves otherwise.

RIGHT!
Ok it is decided then.
WD Black it is.

I would go for the blue one you listed (for a great price) if 500GB was going to bother her. As it isn't going to - Might as well go for something with better performance, overall reliability and a "safe bet".
Now I can delete the Seagate bookmark thumb.gif


I REALLY appreciate the communities super fast response! Wasn't expecting this of a lighting fast reply. You guys all on SSD's mentally or something haha tongue.gif? DAT SPEED ph34r-smiley.gif
post #15 of 24
Yes and no regarding the simplification IMO.

Yea it'd be two drives if you got a smaller capacity SSD just for the os + a few programs (60-64gb should do fine for her), but she could have her data on the othe drive unscathed if the system needs to be reformatted.
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Yes and no regarding the simplification IMO.

Yea it'd be two drives if you got a smaller capacity SSD just for the os + a few programs (60-64gb should do fine for her), but she could have her data on the othe drive unscathed if the system needs to be reformatted.

That's very true indeed.
But the cost of that would still be too much for what I inteded to build her as a PC.
I would be looking at around £50 for the SSD (intel one) and then probably another £50-60 for an external HDD. Something I would do for my PC, but not hers. Rather have it all in one place for her smile.gif
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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

Have you tried looking at turning off HDD sleep in the windows power options?
I have mine as NEVER in my power options biggrin.gif
post #17 of 24
WD hands down.

Seagate has gotten their act together in terms of bad drives, but their support is still lackluster at best.

Of the 100s of WD drives ive RMAd at work over the years, I have gotten BNIB drives back every time but 2.
Of the 70 or 80 Seagates ive RMAd at work, more than 80% i got back have been refurbs.
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See I had SSD's in mind at first too myself.
I agree SSD's are brilliant.
I have one myself 120GB - but feel that 120GB might be limiting her a little. I basically don't want her having 2 drives. Just saving everything on one drive, making life simple for her.
If this was for me 120GB SSD + 3TB WD/Bara (I'm thinking of buying 3TB's actually myself, but got 2x 1TB of SATA 2 HDD's with only 32MB cache)

FYI:
I bought my SSD in the USA - for only $75 -> corsair Force GT
Here in the UK SSD's are still too expensive. That same drive, is still £120 here.

You know you can move pretty much most of your user folders onto a HDD. browse to your c:\users folder and click on your name. Right click on desktop (or whatever folder you want to move) and go to properties and you can move the location. I have my desktop folder, my documents folder, my pictures and music folders. Any folder that takes up lot of space really and put it on my Raid.

Even for your mom she wouldn't know the difference and would seem like she was using a single HDD. You can toss in any extra hard drive you have, doesn't need to be big or fast. Space would never be a issue for her. SSD would be used only for programs and windows, most everything that would be in the users folder can be moved to the HDD for larger storage options.

Just wouldn't want your mom to pull her hair out from the slowness of mechanical hard drives. tongue.gif

Hell even a 64gb SSD would work great in that configuration, this is how I setup my laptop. 64gb ssd + 320gb HHD that was already in there. still have nearly half the space left as well on the ssd.
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post #19 of 24
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Just wouldn't want your mom to pull her hair out from the slowness of mechanical hard drives. tongue.gif

hahaha - I'm sure she wants to keep as much hair on as possible at her age tongue.gif
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WD hands down.

Seagate has gotten their act together in terms of bad drives, but their support is still lackluster at best.

Of the 100s of WD drives ive RMAd at work over the years, I have gotten BNIB drives back every time but 2.
Of the 70 or 80 Seagates ive RMAd at work, more than 80% i got back have been refurbs.

Great info cheers!
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I did not look @ post but my wd raptors last 4 1/2 years then rma and got new remans back, my seagate lasted 1 year and 2 days . 2 days out of warranty. so i only got my ssd frown.gif . I got a very old wd 300gb still works but its my backup. so i don't have it plugged in. Well, i like the wd red divers 5 year warranty
Wd over seagate.
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