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Hi,

Planning to move STEAM from SSD to large capacity HDD, SSD is too small, gonna leave that for programs and OS.

Looking for best fit for performance without crazy cost, obv. noise is a factor, low power consumption would just be a bonus.

Will add another later for storage.

I currently have a 124GB M4 and a 500GB HD (both full)

Cheers!


PS I am in the UK.
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Any modern 7200rpm drive will do the job just fine. depending on brand there might be a 2 or 3% chance your drive will fail in the first year so well get whatever 3TB drive is cheapest, some days it's a WD other days it's a Seagate.
 
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Seagate 2-3TB Barracuda drives will give you the fastest sequential speeds at that capacity, which is beneficial for game loading times.
The WD RE4/RE 3-4TB drives are extremely reliable, essentially binned Blacks, and have excellent access times and tend to do very well with IO intensive workloads. They have a 5yr warranty.
The WD Black is behind the times in terms of sequential speeds, but the access times are very good, and they have a 5yr warranty.
Hitachi Deskstar drives have a great mix of sequential speeds and access times, and are very reliable while costing less than most other drives.
The new Toshiba drives are very inexpensive and are simply relabeled HGST Deskstar drives.

If you want to consider using 2 drives...
The WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB drive has sequential speeds that exceed 200MBs, which will give you excellent load times, thanks to the single platter, but also have higher than average seek times. Two of these in RAID0 will touch 400MBs sequential R/W, and access times can be reduced by short-stroking.
The VelociRaptor 1TB 10KRPM drives have extremely fast seek times, around 1/2 to 3/5ths that of the above drives, and while the sequential speeds aren't the highest, they make up for that in responsiveness, and come with a 5yr warranty. Two in RAID0 will provide sequential speeds up to 350MBs and access times around 6-8ms, which can be made even lower (3.5ms) by short-stroking.

The other drive to consider is the Hitachi Ultrastar, which is to the Deskstar what the RE4 is to the Black. Very reliable, and excel at high I/O workloads, but don't sacrifice sequential speeds.

I hope this rundown helps with your decision.
   
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i'm running this one right now....games load decently fast..........excellent drive for the money....I got it for $120 with promo on newegg........scan has it for "a little" more
    
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Thanks guys.

Bearing in mind I am in the UK, I have found this for a very cheap price. It says 1TB per platter which I assume is better than smaller size platters.

http://www.ebuyer.com/319640-seagate-3tb-barracuda-internal-hard-drive-st3000dm001

Sounds like It's best to go with 7200RPM for gaming. Decided to go for 3TB as HDD is so cheap now. Only 1 year warrantly, but in 15 years I have only had 1 HDD fail and that was after 10 years use.

Had a look @ WD RE'S a bit expensive really.


Any final comments before I proceed?

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Thanks guys.

Bearing in mind I am in the UK, I have found this for a very cheap price. It says 1TB per platter which I assume is better than smaller size platters.

http://www.ebuyer.com/319640-seagate-3tb-barracuda-internal-hard-drive-st3000dm001

Sounds like It's best to go with 7200RPM for gaming. Decided to go for 3TB as HDD is so cheap now. Only 1 year warrantly, but in 15 years I have only had 1 HDD fail and that was after 10 years use.

Had a look @ WD RE'S a bit expensive really.


Any final comments before I proceed?

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imho just for steam 7200rpm is not "really" necessary.......loading times would b more evident when an os is running off it also......my WD 3TB 64MB 5400rpm loaded games "almost" as fast as my WD 1TB 32MB 7200rpm.....also the green runs WAY cooler and quieter than the black......I think then 5400rpm last longer too.....I think smile.gif
    
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