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1TB WD Black vs 500GB WD Black. Are TB HDD worth it/reliable enough?
     
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Depends what you use it for, I mean me personally download alot of torrents so 2 terabytes is enough for now but not for much longer. 500 gb might suffice, and with everything they do fail from time to time, the WD Caviar black has a good rep for reliability for what its worth.
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A technician/software designer friend told me higher density HDDs were more prone to problems than say, 500 or even 750GB drives. That was a few years ago though, so I guess I just wanted to now how reliable 1TB and above drives are now.
     
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A technician/software designer friend told me higher density HDDs were more prone to problems than say, 500 or even 750GB drives. That was a few years ago though, so I guess I just wanted to now how reliable 1TB and above drives are now.
he is cray cray, that would mean that older 50 and 80GB drives have less issues...

i'd suggest this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0088PUEPK/ref=asc_df_B0088PUEPK2414510?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=pg-465-100-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395097&creativeASIN=B0088PUEPK
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Nice price on that Blue thumb.gif Really looking to move up to a Black though.

As for my friend, I can't remember the particulars. Maybe the place he worked at got a bad batch? And this was a few years ago.
     
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what prices are you getting these blacks for? the newer seagates (1TB per platter) are much faster, and cheaper, although the warranty isn't as good. I have a (1TB) barracuda and I can say it's very nice. got it for $85
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what prices are you getting these blacks for? the newer seagates (1TB per platter) are much faster, and cheaper, although the warranty isn't as good. I have a (1TB) barracuda and I can say it's very nice. got it for $85

Newegg. $84 for 500GB. $109 for 1TB.

Yeah, thanks. I noticed SGs are cheaper. Haven't owned one in forever though. Might consider them. What's their equivalent of the Black?
     
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Nice price on that Blue thumb.gif Really looking to move up to a Black though.

As for my friend, I can't remember the particulars. Maybe the place he worked at got a bad batch? And this was a few years ago.

One of the factors might be how many platters are in the hard drive.
The more platters (the more storage space you get), the more heat is generated, and heat might be a cause for failure.
I own the WD 1TB blue hard drive, which is fairly fast and works fine for storage.
But personally, I would pay the $97 for the WD 1TB Black drive, for the better performance.
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-Desktop/dp/B0036Q7MV0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1362452377&sr=1-1&keywords=WD1002FAEX

When you get the hard drive, go to the WD website, use it's serial number to make sure it' has a 5 year warranty.
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what prices are you getting these blacks for? the newer seagates (1TB per platter) are much faster, and cheaper, although the warranty isn't as good. I have a (1TB) barracuda and I can say it's very nice. got it for $85

Newegg. $84 for 500GB. $109 for 1TB.

Yeah, thanks. I noticed SGs are cheaper. Haven't owned one in forever though. Might consider them. What's their equivalent of the Black?

they only have one line (sort of, see below). Sometimes newegg sales past gens though, so make sure you get a current gen 1TB per platter (it's that tech that makes them a lot faster) as for lines the main one is barracuda, with the new ones having the serial number stx000dm00x (with x depending on size) the one sort of extra line they have is the barracuda green line, which moves at 5900 rpm (5400 in the past) but I think they've stopped making those. They don't have blue/green/black, just one line to rule them all (on the desktop, they have a number on the laptop market)

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

this is the exact one I have. In fact, I think I have two, if you count my external
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Well, there is also the ES2 which is more geared towards enterprise usage, although I am curious how it might compare...
   
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