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Alright, so the guy who built my computer and brought me into the PC building/overclocking world was always against Seagate hard drives - he said he had one in his initial build that basically just **** out on him after about a year or so of use. Granted, he could have just been unlucky, but the price difference is pretty huge compared to Western Digital and stuff. Ever since he told me that story, I've generally been against Seagate and used WD or Hitachi when building PCs for my friends. Personally, I've had two WD Black drives myself (a 1TB and 2TB) and although they're totally fine I lately have actually been getting skipping when recording with Bandicam or listening to music (although, that may be my RAM..?) point is I've had one of them for a year and a half (2TB one) and the other for almost 2 years now (1TB) and they're not completely broken. Lately I'm running really low on space (I'm a Music and Movies junkie - I have lots of albums in FLAC format. I'm also a Let's Player, and although Bandicam is a big size difference from FRAPS, the files are still huge) and have been thinking of upgrading to a new hard drive. I really, really want the new 4TB hard drives Seagates offer for only $190 - such a fantastic deal. Thing is, I kinda have this prejudice that they're bad. I know I could get a similarly priced WD or Hitachi hard drive, but the thing is it would be half the size.. (2TB Caviar Blacks seem to go for about $200 ;-wink.gif So, basically, I wanna know if the 4TB really is such a good deal. I have a hard time saving up and $190 seems to be such an amazing price point for the size..
    
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They should be fine. The HDD he had was probably one of the 7200.11 drives which was a huge problem for Seagate.

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Alright, cool, so to clarify the HDD.15 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178338) should be totally fine? Also, any idea about the skipping or should I ask somewhere else? (been a problem for a few months now, really no idea if it's RAM, HDD, or what)
    
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Alright, cool, so to clarify the HDD.15 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178338) should be totally fine? Also, any idea about the skipping or should I ask somewhere else? (been a problem for a few months now, really no idea if it's RAM, HDD, or what)

 

I wouldn't know, I apologize. As for the hard drive, it should be ok. They haven't had any big issues since their 7200.11 drives (particularly the 500 GB 7200.11 drives).

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I wouldn't know, I apologize. As for the hard drive, it should be ok. They haven't had any big issues since their 7200.11 drives (particularly the 500 GB 7200.11 drives).

One last thing - I just noticed that it's only 5900 RPM - think I'll notice a difference from my 7200RPM Caviar Blacks? I've heard it's really not too big of a difference, especially since it has 64MB cache (I think my 1TB drive only has 32MB cache or so anyways) Also, you think I should use it as my main hard drive (easier for installing a bunch of games and such) or just as a data drive because of the RPM?
    
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Wait, where does it say 5900 RPM?

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Seagate HDD's are just as good if not better than WD and others. The problem people had was they did not upgrade the firmware on their drives, thus they had failures with the 7200.11 drives. I have a couple 500GB 7200.11 drives still in operation in my house from 2008 with updated firmware and they are still in perfect health. The drive you linked has 4 1TB platters so it will plenty fast, the drive is 7200 RPM. More info on the drive: http://www.advancetec.co.uk/seagate-barracuda-4tb-st4000dm00-barracuda-sataiii-hard-drive.html
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Seagate HDD's are just as good if not better than WD and others. The problem people had was they did not upgrade the firmware on their drives, thus they had failures with the 7200.11 drives. I have a couple 500GB 7200.11 drives still in operation in my house from 2008 with updated firmware and they are still in perfect health. The drive you linked has 4 1TB platters so it will plenty fast, 5900RPM is plenty fast for a storage drive. More info on the drive: http://www.advancetec.co.uk/seagate-barracuda-4tb-st4000dm00-barracuda-sataiii-hard-drive.html

 

On that page it says it's a 7200 RPM drive.

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