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Seagate 7200.10 750 vs. WD6400AAKS

Poll Results: Which would provide better performance?

 
  • 66% (12)
    WD6400AAKS 640GB
  • 33% (6)
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB
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post #1 of 11
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I just got the new deals from Newegg, and I'm tempted by some of the HDDs they've got on sale. I've needed a new drive for a while, and I've been planning on getting a WD6400AAKS for $100. Everyone says that the dual-320 platters are simply amazing. Newegg has the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB on sale for $100, today only.
My main question is, will the Seagate perform noticeably better than the WD? The Seagate my have the perpendicular recording, but it also has another 100GB to seek over. I would rather have better performance and less storage, than lots of storage but it takes a while to get to it. I have also heard that the Barracuda drives are noisy, have any members experienced this? I also have major brand loyalty to WD, as they are the only manufacturer that I have never had a drive fail from.
I'm leaning toward the 6400AAKS, unless someone can pose a really good argument for Seagate.
Edited by TheFlyingWallaby - 6/17/08 at 9:18am
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post #2 of 11
I've got two 7200.10 250gb's and I have no complaints. I can't hear them over my fans and they're plenty fast enough for me.
post #3 of 11
I myself use nothing other than WD. Their support is simply amazing. And the drives are extremely reliable and fast.
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post #4 of 11
The 640GB by all means. It's a newer, faster, quieter, and more energy efficient drive.
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post #5 of 11
There is a lot of reviews out showing the 640Gb AAKS drive outperforms the 7200.10 drives. The drive is based on WD's new 320Gb platter, and uses a 2 platter design. The firmware has been signifficantly improved over the 320Gb AAKS single platter drives and offers near Raptor speeds.

Anandtech: Western Digital 640GB - Twice the Platters, Twice the Fun
The numbers speak for themselves. The drive is compared to the Samsung F1:




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Just how well this drive compares to the latest competition in the 750GB range is something we will answer in the near future. Even at this point in testing, the WD Caviar SE16 640GB drive already has our tentative recommendation for users looking for a larger capacity drive for a gaming or audio/video/digital image workstation. The drive is very good, but we need to pound on it for the next several days under varying conditions along with additional analysis before we can give it our full recommendation.
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post #6 of 11
Well, I just picked up one of those 640gb drives and let me tell you, I'm loving it. Simply amazing speed copying from my raptors to it. My old backup IDE 160gb can't compete.
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post #7 of 11
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Many thanks to all who gave their thoughts. I guess the 2x230GB platter hype is true, and so I will be getting the WD6400AAKS.
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post #8 of 11
Correct....

the 640AAKS drive is pretty fast....mine benches at 95mb/s in HD-Tach

My 74gig Raptor hits 72mb/s in HD-Tach...

these are faster than the Seagate drives and probably now more reliable....

the 320's arent near as fast as they are geared more towards acoustics (sillent operation)but, they are nice drives....

I am sure if the firmware was adjustable like the Hitachi's their is even more speed left in them give or take some noise...
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post #9 of 11
The WD is marginally faster than the Seagate.

Both have superior transfer rates when compared to the Raptors.
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The WD is marginally faster than the Seagate.

Both have superior transfer rates when compared to the Raptors.
Yeah the raptors can't compete with transfer rate. But their seek time really helps in "real world" desktop use (general computing).
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