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Any idea of what to buy hdd side for o/s


Seagate barracuda 2tb 100$

WD Black 1tb 89$ (are heard blue beat the black but idk

Velociraptor 600gb 150$


Momentus Xt

Re4


It going to be for the main o/s for next 2 years + until 512gb ssd and up come cheaper


I currently use 280gb but i plan to install future game etc and a lot of movie so 600gb is the minimum



Thank you





I look at the Seagate ST1000DX001 it 100$ worth it?


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Edited by bonami2 - 10/17/13 at 9:18pm
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WD Blue 1TB or Seagate 7200.14 1TB.
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Speed wise and reliability mine is at 25000 hour since 2009 so i run them to death

And Clonezilla any good or it better to do a fresh install




ST1000DX001 any good? Momentus xt 1tb 7200rpm 8gb cache

100$ on neweeg idk why the old 750 is 140$ uh???


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Edited by bonami2 - 10/17/13 at 9:24pm
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The old model is more expensive probably because it's discontinued. I recommend against spending $40 extra on an SSHD. Hybrids are STILL stuck at 8GB caches because Seagate has a monopoly on them (or more accurately, Toshiba and WD haven't yet released their own in response) and their hard disk portions aren't very good performers. You pay more for a jack of all trades when the alternative is much better: WD Blues or 7200.14s are the best performers, and you can spend the saved money on a small SSD (a SanDisk ReadyCache is 32GB for $40 and there are tons of 60-64GB drives for under $70) and use it as a cache with Intel SRT. I know modern Intel motherboards support it, but yours might not. Raptors suck and Blacks are overpriced and underperforming, so avoid those.
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Raptors don't suck, in fact they're extremely fast and reliable drives when used as intended. Sure, compared to an SSD they're slow, but compared to any other consumer hard drive they're very fast.

I would however not recommend the 600GB, it's a generation old. The only one worthwhile is the 1TB model.

That said, you could get multiple WD10EZEX for less, short stroke them, and put them in RAID0 for a faster solution for less money.

The Blacks are old hat, IMHO, and currently fill a need that doesn't exist, being slower than the less expensive Blue.
   
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Anything compared to an SSD is slow, so that's cheating. I did find some benchmarks for the new 1TB Raptors and they look nice. Half the access times of 3.5" 7200RPM drives, significantly faster random speeds, and +30% sequential speeds. I take back what I said earlier then. Their only problems are the price: for a little more than twice as much, you can be the proud owner of a 1TB SSD, or for a quarter the price, you can get a 1TB Blue. I want two of these and an SSD with which to cache now. I'm thinking a 2000+64GB hybrid array.

I'm wondering something about 2.5" drives' maximum speeds. Their platters are only 71.4% the width or a 3.5" drive, but they can spin at up to 15000RPM, which is 2.08 times as fast as 3.5" drives' maximum of 7200RPM. That means, assuming the same areal density (2.5" platters are about half the surface area of 3.5" platters and go up to 500GB and 1TB, respectively), a 15000RPM 2.5" drive should be 48.8% (71.4% * 2.08 - 100%) faster than a 7200RPM 3.5" drive sequentially at the outer edge. Therefore, a 10000RPM Raptor should be negligibly slower with significantly faster random speeds. Raptors are stuck at 334GB platters though, yet they are measurably faster than Blues if only by a small margin.
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