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Would the RE4 1TB Enterprise drive be a good upgrade from a WD5000AAKS?

I'd like to get one great drive for performance, storage, reliability, and keep it under $100.
This will be used in a gaming/video editing desktop.

The RE4:
http://www.amazon.com/RE4-Enterprise-Hard-Drive-WD1003FBYX/dp/B003SANWI6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370557883&sr=8-1&keywords=re4+1tb

The WD5000:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

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post #2 of 7
I'm no expert, but it looks nice based on the specs.

It's got 2x the load/unload cycles rating (600K vs 300K) than the newer WD Blue 1TB model WD10EZEX as well as a 5-year warranty. It looks pretty trustworthy and has the warranty to back it up.

However, the two things that I don't like about it compared to that $70 WD Blue model are that it's a multi-platter unit and its buffer-to-disc transfer rate is "only" 128MB/s vs the Blue's 150MB/s.
Edited by svenge - 6/6/13 at 3:50pm
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However, the two things that I don't like about it compared to that $70 WD Blue model are that it's a multi-platter unit and its buffer-to-disc transfer rate is "only" 128MB/s vs the Blue's 150MB/s.

Is that an issue I'll run into a lot with gaming?
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Is that an issue I'll run into a lot with gaming?

I don't think it would affect gaming all that much, if at all.
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Cool, thanks.
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http://www.amazon.com/WD-Blue-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B0088PUEPK/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1370645479&sr=1-1&keywords=wd+blue

This is basically the best HDD on the market right now. For under $70, you get a terabyte of storage on a single platter. If you're not making a RAID cluster, then the Blue is probably a better option. It does have a short warranty, but only one platter means fewer points for failure and if it dies within the next two years you probably got a dud anyway.
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The WD10EZEX is my drive of choice, and it's pretty much taken the spot of the Samsung F3 in terms of "awesome drive for little money". Sequential speeds of up to or even greater than 200MBs at the outside of the platter, 14ms access time, and $50-65 depending on how patient you are.

The Blue is, for some reason, faster than any other WD drive including the Blacks, with even the VelociRaptor 1TB only beating it in random IOPS (and in a desktop, the difference between say 1.1MBs and 1.5MBs is not worth 3-4x the price.

However, the RE/RE4 drives have significant improvements that affect the random R/W speeds, especially once the queue depth begins to climb. Combine that with the 5yr warranty, dual processor and redundant heads/motors, and you have an ideal file serving/sharing drive. Whether or not the extra money and decreased sequential performance (and greater noise levels, hotter operation, etc) is worthwhile is something that you have to decide based on usage patterns.
   
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