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Hi all,

I am planning on building a new PC within a few weeks, but I still have some questions regarding the HDD.
I've got an aging 250GB Hitachi Deskstar laying around from my old pc, but will I notice speed increases if I go with a 7200 rpm 64MB cache HDD, e.g. the Seagate ST1000DM003? (thats what Ive got my eyes on for the build)

Help will be more than welcome!
 
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post #2 of 27
It will be slightly faster. Keep an eye out for the 3Gb/s or 6Gb/s, basically SATAII and SATAIII. SATAIII will yield you faster speeds on your hard drive. Use the Seagate for your operating system then just throw in the Hitachi for storage.
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you will notice some difference with a new fresh HDD but nothing to write home about,.. best option would be to get an SSD depending on budget as well as a new HDD.
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post #4 of 27
Newer hard drives with higher data densities per platter ought to provide increased performance over older models such as your current one.

Personally, I think you ought to go with the WD Blue 1TB 7200RPM model WD10EZEX instead.
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Thank you, but do hard drives really exceed the 375 MB/s throughput SATA II can do? I dont think so. I wont notice it being slower when I hook it up to a SATA II port right? And one other question for everyone, can a northbridge damage a HDD?
 
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Quote:
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Thank you, but do hard drives really exceed the 375 MB/s throughput SATA II can do? I dont think so. I wont notice it being slower when I hook it up to a SATA II port right? And one other question for everyone, can a northbridge damage a HDD?

well for the first question, no a HDD will not saturate a SATS 3Gb/s port so it will be fine
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It will be slightly faster. Keep an eye out for the 3Gb/s or 6Gb/s, basically SATAII and SATAIII. SATAIII will yield you faster speeds on your hard drive. Use the Seagate for your operating system then just throw in the Hitachi for storage.
Doubtful, as most or all hard discs aren't fast enough to saturate the interface anyways.
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post #8 of 27
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Yeah I thought so.
 
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Okay thank you!
 
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post #10 of 27
The only thing that will be faster with a SATA 3 compared to a SATA 2 drive is the 32-64MB cache... So really, nothing.

My recommendation would be for the WD10EZEX 1TB as well, use it as a system drive (fast) and put your page file and any "secondary" programs you use on your older hard drive. The use of two drives cuts down on the amount of seeks either drive has to do, so if you listen to music while browsing the Web, keep your browser on your primary drive and music player and music on the second one.
   
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