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500Gb Seagate 7200.11 or the Western Digital SE16 ??

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Help me choose. Anyone have any experience with either of these? They are both the same price on tigerdirect.com with slight differences in specifications.... is there any benifit to one over the other??

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-300, OEM

Specifications

Capacity (GB): 500
Interface: Serial ATA-300
Spindle Speed (RPM): 7200
Buffer Memory: 32MB
Average Seek (msec): <9.3
Average Latency (msec): 4.16
Data Transfer Rate on Serial ATA: Up to 3000 Mb/sec
Nonrecoverable Read Errors per Bits Read: 1 in 10E14
Temperature, Operating (°C): 5 to 60
Temperature, Nonoperating (°C): -40 to 70
Shock, Operating: 2 msec (Gs): 63
Shock, Nonoperating: 2 msec (Gs): 300
Type: OEM
Dimensions: 5.78" x 4.0" x 1.02"

Latest Owner Reviews

3.3
3.2
3.1
3.7

OR.......

Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB Hard Drive - 7200, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM

Specifications

Capacity (GB): 500
Interface: Serial ATA-300
Spindle Speed (RPM): 7200
Buffer Memory: 16MB
Average Seek (msec): 8.9
Average Latency (msec): 4.2
Track-to-Track Seek Time (typical read, ms): 2.0
Full Stroke Seek Time (normal seek): 21.0
Data Transfer Rate on Serial ATA: Up to 3000 Mb/sec
Form Factor: 3.5"
Temperature, Operating (°C): 5 to 55
Temperature, Nonoperating (°C): -40 to 65
Acoustics Idle (bels—sound power): 28 dBA (average)
Acoustics Seek (bels—sound power): 33 dBA (average)
Acoustics Performance Seek (bels—sound power): 29 dBA (average)
Type: OEM
Dimensions: 1.028" x 5.787" x 4"

Latest Owner Reviews

4.6
4.4
4.2
4.5

The Seagate has 32Mb of Cache.. but the WD seems to have the better ratings
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Nether... get the Western Digital 640GB
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Get the 7200.11, I have the same 500GB one and its pretty good. A 7200.11 is just a bit slower than the WD Raptors, and in Raid0, 2 of them beat the 74GB WD Raptor, in terms of access times.
And speaking in layman's terms, it takes me 35 seconds to copy 2.99GB form my WDCaviar to my 7200.11. And another member here posted as having a 5 second difference(during copying) b/w the 7200.11 and the Raptor, the 7200.11 being 5seconds slower, I think it was Thunderer, not sure though.

If your comfortable with raid, get 2 of the 320GB 7200.11's and have them in Raid0 for an uber fast setup. But you'll be fine with the 500GB one too.
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The 7200.11 drives seem to perform VERY well. I haven't seen much on the newest caviars, though.

Do what I did- 2x 250gb 'cudas in raid0- fast, and much cheaper per gb than raptors. I kinda wished I'd gone with the .11s instead of the .10s, though.

To be totally honest, I'd get whatever's cheapest. Probably a caviar over a SE16 as well (basically the same thing if i remember right.) I don't mind sitting a few extra seconds while games or whatever load, and really stuff like installing software is more limited by you cd-rom drive's speed.

This post really kind of contradicts itself, so basically to sum it up, get 2 cheaper drives in RAID0, and I'm a seagate fanboy.

just my $.02

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post #5 of 15
If you can try to get a 750gb or a 640gb western digital AAKS drive. In certain situations they can out-perform a raptor. But out of those two I would go for the seagate.
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OUt of those 2, the segate, mine does 80mb avg read and chozart's does 90mb/s avg read
post #7 of 15
Uh,gett the Cuda! It's 32mb cache and it makes a difference.

Check Newegg,the oem price just dropped on that Cuda 32mb.
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Originally Posted by Sasquatch in Space View Post
Uh,gett the Cuda! It's 32mb cache and it makes a difference.

Check Newegg,the oem price just dropped on that Cuda 32mb.


Cache size doesn't make much of a difference at 16MB for a desktop user.
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thanks for all the very quick replies... I appreciate that. seems like the majority said the 'cuda so thats what i'm going for.

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Cache size doesn't make much of a difference at 16MB for a desktop user.
IT DOES!!






for epeen!!


Yeah agree, 16mb or 32mb won't make much difference at all. I still like ST better though, I think both drive pretty equal, just personal preference.
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