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Hey Guys,

My poor ol 6yr old maxtor died today

Ive used it in every build Ive had since my first PII -> 3700+ - It finally gave up and died.............

So now I need to get a new HDD, Now I know nothing about HDDs so I need some help

Must be :-

  • 300GB+
  • Sata
  • Reliable
  • RMAable


I want to spend as little as possible as I am getting a laptop this month aswell - I would say around £80($150) max

UK/US Links please

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post #2 of 15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148138

400gb, Seagate 7200.10 (latest), SATA 3.0gb/s

a little more expensive in the UK though..
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=HD-078-SE maybe that instead


Or a WD one...
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=HD-103-WD
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cgrado View Post
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148138

400gb, Seagate 7200.10 (latest), SATA 3.0gb/s
I was looking at one of those as mikey202024(what ever the rest is) is selling one........

Quote:
Interface SATA 3.0Gb/s
Capacity 400GB
RPM 7200 RPM
Cache 16MB
Average Seek Time 8.5ms
Average Latency 4.16ms Whats this mean???
    
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The hard disk platters are spinning around at high speed, and the spin speed is not synchronized to the process that moves the read/write heads to the correct cylinder on a random access on the hard disk. Therefore, at the time that the heads arrive at the correct cylinder, the actual sector that is needed may be anywhere. After the actuator assembly has completed its seek to the correct track, the drive must wait for the correct sector to come around to where the read/write heads are located. This time is called latency. Latency is directly related to the spindle speed of the drive and such is influenced solely by the drive's spindle characteristics.
http://www.storagereview.com/map/lm.cgi/latency

i think most drive running at the same RPM will have the same latency, or at least very similar.
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Ahhhhh Ok.

So What makes "Rapters" so good?
    
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Ahhhhh Ok.

So What makes "Rapters" so good?
they spin faster. 10,000 RPM instead of 7,200RPM i think it loads stuff faster. however it makes them ridiculously expensive.
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I think it means it takes 4ms to access the data?
cant complain..
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If I may make a suggestion:

Put two of these in RAID0. The speeds are very comperable to the Raptors. You also get nearly 500GB. The 7200.10s are very nice, and very quick.

I attached my benchmarks. The BLUE is just one 7200.10, the RED is the 7200.10s in RAID0. I took both of these benchies on the rig in my sig.

The only downside: $160, +$10 of budget....
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