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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 320GB vs Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB

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Looking for the cheapest replacement drive for my sister.

Newegg has the WD and Seagate for $38 shipped each after discount code.

Any reason to pick one over another?
I have had problems with both brands, but on older (7+ years) drives, so I have no preference, just wondering if one is better than another.

I am also debating just getting both to have one as a backup drive for her.

It is more space than she needs, but smaller drives cost even more. I had tried used, but of 4 drives I bought, only 1 was even usable (and that had multiple bad sectors), and have spent more than I should have.

edit: this is far a very basic home computer, just internet, office and such. Blazing fast speeds are not real improtant (I even considered a 120 gig 5200 rpm drive for $30 newegg has, but decided to stick with 7200 rpm drives, but maybe as a backup?).
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There's no particular reason to get one over the other. Getting two of them for a RAID-1 could be a good idea.
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Isn't the 7200.12 faster, especially in access times, than the WD Blue?

The 7200.12's(I'm not sure about smaller sizes than 500GB) can compete with the WD Blacks and even beat them in access times in most cases correct?

If the drive is just for storage, I understand that the WD Black would be better due to faster read/write rates. I'm not sure about the WD Blue though.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the Seagate 7200.12 would be the logical choice for performance.

As far as reliability...I haven't had more failures with one brand over the other when it comes to Seagates and Western Digital.
   
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post #4 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dark Volker View Post
The 7200.12's(I'm not sure about smaller sizes than 500GB) can compete with the WD Blacks and even beat them in access times in most cases correct?
Got any proof about that? Everything I've found points to the opposite - WD Blacks seem to have the lowest access times out of all 7200 RPM drives.

Blues are a fair bit slower (~15%), so the Seagate might be faster than one of those.
     
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post #5 of 9
Reliability? Get the WD drive.
Overall performance? Get the WD drive.
Access times? WD drive (Last time I checked)
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post #6 of 9
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Well, I think I am just going to get both and do a RAID 1, since she is really needing data backup.

Phil, I actually have 4 WD drives that are bad sitting on my desk, just tossed 2 WD, 1 Seagate and 1 Quantum Fireball.
I have 1 WD that is going bad (starting to make noise and has several bad sectors) and 1 Seagate that has failed SMART.
If I went by that, I would never get another WD, but I know why they went bad, 1 is 6 years old and was on 24/7. 1 was destroyed during shipping. 1 was in an external drive enclosure for 5 years and was banged around some.
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post #7 of 9
7200.11 go againts WB Black so it will be faster then WB Blue. I tested WB Blue 500GB vs Seagate 500GB 7200.12 ans had same Access times ~ 14ms but seagate had much higher transfer speeds.
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post #9 of 9
i just ordered the wd 320gb to replace my dying wd 500gb.

but you cant really go wrong with either
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