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I'm aware that SSDs are vastly superior to HDDs in almost everything. I own multiple SSDs. but with games hitting 50-60gb, space is running out fast.
However, when i use my HDD to store and play games from, it has hiccups every now and then. I am certain that it's the HDD being the issue when in the distance things pop-up in game, i can hear it making noise and struggling.

Are there any sweet spots when it comes to HDDs? Like HDDs fast enough to get rid of annoying hiccups while having at least 1TB of space.
Or raid-0 configurations? Surely i'd love to get a 1TB SSD. But that's just very pricey
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Seagate Firecuda. Aka SSHD
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You want to look for HDDs with 7200RMP or higher and 32-64MB of memory cache. Hybrid drives (SDD and HDD combined) seem to be pretty speedy, but many people on OCN will tell you they have reliability issues (there's some kind of negative stigma towards them). I have no experience with those, so I can't help you there.

EDIT: Noticed you mentioned RAID 0. You might not want to use this configuration. It may improved performance but if one drive goes down, you're more than likely to lose all of your data. RAID 0 relies on multiple drives to store a single file. If one of those segments of the file is damaged or if one of the HDDs in the array fails, you no longer have that file.
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What exactly is your current drive? The WD Green on your sig?

Modern standard 7200RPM desktop drives (Seagate Desktop, WD Blue, Toshiba DT) hit read speeds of 175-190 MB/s easily, which is almost double that of a similar drive from just 3-4 years ago. Either of them should be just fine.
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What exactly is your current drive? The WD Green on your sig?

Modern standard 7200RPM desktop drives (Seagate Desktop, WD Blue, Toshiba DT) hit read speeds of 175-190 MB/s easily, which is almost double that of a similar drive from just 3-4 years ago. Either of them should be just fine.

If OP is using the same HDD for gaming and boot drive, there may be some issues with read-write while gaming and OS usage. Having a separate drive for games may help. Also, drives tend to take longer to read when they are going bad, though this doesn't sound like that's the case to me.

unseen0, when was the last time you checked the SMART status of your drives for bad sectors/ issues?
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Thank you all for you input.

I'm having a giggle for not checking what i was using in the first place.
It's a HDD my brother gave to me a year ago. It was 2TB in capacity and i figured it would suit me well.

I did a smart check, and all is well on that front. But it's gunner2.gif 5400rpm.
So yeah, for data it's more then fine i suppose. I now understand why it's been being acting up and slow.

I'm guessing side grading to a WD Blue WD10EZEX would be a wise thing for improvements in games?
I can use the 2tb in a NAS i have laying around so it won't go to waste anyway thumb.gif
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Thank you all for you input.

I'm having a giggle for not checking what i was using in the first place.
It's a HDD my brother gave to me a year ago. It was 2TB in capacity and i figured it would suit me well.

I did a smart check, and all is well on that front. But it's gunner2.gif 5400rpm.
So yeah, for data it's more then fine i suppose. I now understand why it's been being acting up and slow.

I'm guessing side grading to a WD Blue WD10EZEX would be a wise thing for improvements in games?
I can use the 2tb in a NAS i have laying around so it won't go to waste anyway thumb.gif

Wouldn't hurt! It would be an upgrade in that the 7200RPM drive speed will be a significant increase from 5400RPM. I see a lot of people complaining about the 2TB WD 5400RPM Green in reviews, so I think the WD10EZEX will be a nice improvement to your rig.

Also, when was the last time you defragged?
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