Originally Posted by Tippy
Other drives? Aren't WD and Seagate the only two proper names in the HDD business? Unless you're referring to HP, Toshiba and IBM...their drives barely sell.
IBM? Merger with Hitachi. HP? Why is HP even mentioned here
Toshiba actually uses Hitachi HDDs and manufacture WD HDDs for them
And Hitachi was bought out by WD. 9 years after the merger
Originally Posted by Domino
Cost  practical [/edit] per-performance, still looks like it is ideal to do a low end SSD + a high end HDD or, more cost effective for all round every day performance, an SSD cache drive with a good HDD. Correct me if I'm wrong, but SSDs still only show REAL world performance, for 99% of consumers, even in video editing, in their latencies and small file read+writes. Outside of 20MB/s (4K), and 70+ MB/s for everything else, you won't notice much of a difference. So a cheap 480 GB SSD and then a 3TB for storage after you are finish compiling is still the best all round solution, still, eh? Meaning that there is still one heck of a market for these drives.
You do feel a difference with latency. The single platter Barracudas might be quick for throughput but their latency is garbage. (I don't want to speak about the other issues)
There are multi platter 1TB drives out there that only pull 133MB/s but are just as fast as a WD1002FAEX in terms of latency and well throughput (Yes i'm actually using a Hitachi 7K1000.C)
This kind of situations makes you feel WD has been lying on their arse .., for a long time.Edited by DaveLT - 10/13/13 at 6:52pm