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post #1 of 24
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Seagate 2TB

WD Black 1TB

Which drive will be faster for OS, and how noticeable will the difference be?

PS: If anyone knows of a better drive/more storage in the 90$ price range, that would be great too.
post #2 of 24
same speed. About 125MB/sec. No difference. WD might be more reliable. You want speed, get an SSD for OS/Boot biggrin.gif
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post #3 of 24
They'll both perform about the same as HDD speeds have reached their limit now. I'd go with the Seagate since you get double the space for the same price, and no WD is not more reliable as they are HDD's and they can fail at anytime regardless of the make.
post #4 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by ripsaw View Post

same speed. About 125MB/sec. No difference.
nope

seagate is faster
Quote:
WD might be more reliable.
nope
Quote:
You want speed, get an SSD for OS/Boot biggrin.gif
yup
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Originally Posted by XAslanX View Post

I'd go with the Seagate since you get double the space for the same price, and no WD is not more reliable as they are HDD's and they can fail at anytime regardless of the make.
this, the only reason to go with the wd is if you want a 5yr warranty over the 2yr.
post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

nope

seagate is faster
not disagreeing with you, but how? They're both same specs. Pretty sure i've installed both those drives too, seemed same to me?
Quote:
nope
yup
this, the only reason to go with the wd is if you want a 5yr warranty over the 2yr.
Warranty was why i said might
Just interested now as to what makes the seagate faster.
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post #6 of 24
Seagate has 1TB platters while the WD has 500GB platters (iirc). You get up to ~200MB/s seq speeds with the Seagate rather than the 130MB/s of the WD. Overall speeds are faster throughout capacity.

Seagate 2TB:


WD 1TB:
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Thanks. Good to know thumb.gif
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post #8 of 24
1 thing not mentioned is spin up time and noise

I have just chosen the 2tb Seagate over the 2tb black for these reasons

The black is much much louder than the Seagate during normal use, also I believe due to being more platters in the black it took twice as long to spin up and be ready for use than the Seagate which made my bootup quite a few seconds longer

Also if getting the Seagate research how to get the 1tb platter version as the other version is extremely slow, I should know I had 1 lol
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post #9 of 24
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Seagate has 1TB platters while the WD has 500GB platters (iirc). You get up to ~200MB/s seq speeds with the Seagate rather than the 130MB/s of the WD. Overall speeds are faster throughout capacity
.

 

Little late to this I know, but it's also worth pointing out the Seagate has lower seek times on a like-for-like capacity basis - the higher density platters means the Seagate will seek less often, and will seek (on average) half as far as the WD will need to for any given usage pattern.  Although the benchmark values at full capacity put the Seagate behind, when both drives are considered on a capacity basis the shorter seeks from the Seagate will put it's 'effective' IOPS higher than the WD - not by much, but every ns counts when your OS sits on a mechanical drive...

post #10 of 24
If you dont need all that space you could go for a 120 GB Samsung 840 SSD its 110$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147188
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