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WD Caviar AAKS vs. 00YS vs. ABYS drives - which one?

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Looking for two 250 or 320 GB drives to toss in to a RAID 0 array, and then another 500 drive for storage.

On Newegg, I've found two different types of WD 320 drives, and it looks like the OOYS series is actually better. However, the recent Tom's Hardware review on the larger (750) AAKS drive highlighted it as the best new drive (not counting Raptors) so I'm wondering if the AAKS line is the way to go or the OOYS series is the way to go. To see them, check these links:

AAKS 320:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136074

OOYS 320:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136053

250GB WD SATA Drives (choices choices...):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...7760&name=16MB

320GB WD SATA Drives (choices choices...):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...7760&name=16MB

500GB WD SATA Drives (choices choices...):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...+3.0Gb%2fs

Looking at the 250 & 500GB lists you'll see another two types - ABYS & 00KS. Starting to get confusing...

Any feedback on which drives would be best for the RAID 0 array and which would be the best standalone 500 for storage?
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ive got the 500AAKS, its extremely fast never waiting for files to load etc...
its very quiet and is not too hot, can feel the heat when i touch it but its not stupidly warm, i say get the AAKS
    
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