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So my WD Green 1.5 TB has decided its giving up on life this week so I'm looking to replace it. It started years ago as an archive drive but eventually got promoted to my Steam/Origin drive. (I know, Green drive for games puke.gif)

Here are my options,

Toshiba 3TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive PH3300U-1I72 $124.99
Toshiba 3TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive HDKPC08 - Bare Drive $119.99
Seagate Desktop EP 3TB 7,200RPM SATA 6.0Gbps 3.5" Internal Hard Drive STBD3000100 $134.99
WD Network Red 3TB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (NAS) WD30EFRX - Bare Drive $129.99
WD Red 3TB Intellipower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (NAS) WDBMMA0030HNCNR $129,99
WD Desktop Mainstream 3TB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WDBH2D0030HNC-NRSN $109.99

This will be used as my Steam/Origin drive. Considering I was using a Green Drive these all may be a step up from what I'm used to.
post #2 of 15
what kind of mobo do you have?? anything before 2011 the bios doesn't natively support 3tb. I have a X58 mobo that doesn't support them, but I bought 2 3tb seagates last month and they worked great, they come with software that enables all 3 tb to be used..

im very happy with the seagates so far.
post #3 of 15
newegg has sea gate 3tb barracudas for 119$ ea... least they did when I bought mine last month, ive never had good luck with western digital, my Toshibas lasted about 3 years. I had 4 samsungs for a long time and they were still goin until I replaced 2 of them with the new sea gates. I run them in raid 1.
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what kind of mobo do you have?? anything before 2011 the bios doesn't natively support 3tb. I have a X58 mobo that doesn't support them, but I bought 2 3tb seagates last month and they worked great, they come with software that enables all 3 tb to be used..

im very happy with the seagates so far.

I have an Asrock Z77 Formula OC. That 3TB limitation shouldn't be a problem.
post #5 of 15
ok cool..
post #6 of 15
I would just get a 4TB, one can never have enough storage.
EDIT: noob mistake, the promo expired yesterday frown.gif
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So my WD Green 1.5 TB has decided its giving up on life this week so I'm looking to replace it. It started years ago as an archive drive but eventually got promoted to my Steam/Origin drive. (I know, Green drive for games puke.gif)

Here are my options,

Toshiba 3TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive PH3300U-1I72 $124.99
Toshiba 3TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive HDKPC08 - Bare Drive $119.99
Seagate Desktop EP 3TB 7,200RPM SATA 6.0Gbps 3.5" Internal Hard Drive STBD3000100 $134.99
WD Network Red 3TB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (NAS) WD30EFRX - Bare Drive $129.99
WD Red 3TB Intellipower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (NAS) WDBMMA0030HNCNR $129,99
WD Desktop Mainstream 3TB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WDBH2D0030HNC-NRSN $109.99

This will be used as my Steam/Origin drive. Considering I was using a Green Drive these all may be a step up from what I'm used to.

I would stay away from the intellipower drive just because they are trying to impliment the same thing as the green drives for power savings. i have a tshiba 3tb drive and it hasnt failed me yet. although WD does have a very simple rma process. no proof of purchase needed.
i would go to check the warranty of that 1.5tb, wouldnt hurt. find the warranty check here.
post #8 of 15
I would get the one from Microcenter unless the Itellipower is not implemented right or you can't turn it off. I am not sure though. If you do need a different one b/c intellipower sucks then I would opt for the seagate personally.
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I would stay away from the intellipower drive just because they are trying to impliment the same thing as the green drives for power savings. i have a tshiba 3tb drive and it hasnt failed me yet. although WD does have a very simple rma process. no proof of purchase needed.
i would go to check the warranty of that 1.5tb, wouldnt hurt. find the warranty check here.

Yeah, I'll have to check the warranty once I replace it. I've recently RMA'd a Toshiba drive for a friend and the process was pretty smooth, no receipt necessary.
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I would get the one from Microcenter unless the Itellipower is not implemented right or you can't turn it off. I am not sure though. If you do need a different one b/c intellipower sucks then I would opt for the seagate personally.

Yeah, I'm leaning towards one of the Toshiba's. Just have to figure out their differences.
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Yeah, I'll have to check the warranty once I replace it. I've recently RMA'd a Toshiba drive for a friend and the process was pretty smooth, no receipt necessary.

Good to know they offer smooth support as well, knock on wood, i have not had to replace one yet. doesnt hurt to check warranty today to know if you have enough time. and if you get an rma number i think it is good for a couple weeks at least.
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