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I was thinking about getting the WD Caviar Black 1TB or the WD Caviar Black 500GB, but i heard that both of them are actually slower than the 640GB. and im not planning to get the 640GB,reasoning being is because i cant find it as the same price as both of the drives im talking about.(i dont want to go over $60 and i wouldnt want to order online because of the holidays)

But is the 500GB faster than the 1TB? Or are they the same performance?

BTW, both of them are the same prices: 1TB:$60 (But refurbished..which i also need to know is it worth taking the risk?) 500GB:$60 (OEM)

Both of this items i found on Micro Center's site.

Also, i know i have a velociraptor (and should definately keep it), but...unfortunately its about to die, as i know the symptons of when a hard drive is going to die.(BTW i got that hard drive for free too =/ i guess freebies dont last long )

Please and thanks.
    
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Yes, there are differences in hard drive speed, but for most people, the differences are negligible, unless you are going from HDD to SSD, and even there, mostly only load times are improved. Staying with HDD due to your budget, I would probably get the biggest drive for the lowest cost as the difference between a 7200 RPM and 5400 RPM will be small unless you are doing massive amounts of data transfer.

EDIT: About the refurb...personally, I'm not big on refurbs, especially if I am entrusting my data to it.
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Yes, there are differences in hard drive speed, but for most people, the differences are negligible, unless you are going from HDD to SSD, and even there, mostly only load times are improved. Staying with HDD due to your budget, I would probably get the biggest drive for the lowest cost as the difference between a 7200 RPM and 5400 RPM will be small unless you are doing massive amounts of data transfer.

EDIT: About the refurb...personally, I'm not big on refurbs, especially if I am entrusting my data to it.
thats true...hmm then i may just go for the 500GB OEM then, since its basicly brand new and i rather not lose my data quicker from a refurb
    
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thats true...hmm then i may just go for the 500GB OEM then, since its basicly brand new and i rather not lose my data quicker from a refurb
I'm sure there is some kind of warranty on the refurb drive, but the best warranty in the world won't bring back lost data...though we all have offsite data backups anyway don't we?
    
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I'm sure there is some kind of warranty on the refurb drive, but the best warranty in the world won't bring back lost data...though we all have offsite data backups anyway don't we?
yes im pretty sure there is a warranty..but probably not for a long time(maybe only like a month ) and that is exactly true,nothing would ever bring back lost data except like hundreds of dollars,but even with that,it isnt really worth it...and yes i do have a backup of my stuff on another hard drive )

well then, im almost 100% sure im going to get the 500GB..my gut is telling me to go 500GB and not refurb, and also: "Better safe than sorry" is what i say to myself besides i wont need the extra 500GB, i barley fill up 300GB lol .
    
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Isn't it usually that the higher capacity of a hard drive the faster it performs because of the distance the mechanical arm has to move or something? I think it was something like that.
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Isn't it usually that the higher capacity of a hard drive the faster it performs because of the distance the mechanical arm has to move or something? I think it was something like that.
Never heard of that before, but what i heard is that the TB has more platters which make it slower?? i dont remember what it was exactly.
    
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There is a lot that goes into what affects the speed of a HDD, but really, unless you are going SSD, the speed differences are like 43 seconds to load windows as opposed to 40 seconds. If you have a decent amount of RAM as in 4 GB or more, then the other thing that slows things down, ie swapping, is minimized as well.
    
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You cannot go wrong with this drive.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0349622

I posted my HD tune performance on this page yesterday. WD 500 Blue vs 1tb black. They are very close. The F3R will be in the same class. The problem with WD referbs is they will usually havew a 90 day warranty. I have a 500gb black also I can bench if it helps.

http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...2-55-a-75.html
Edited by Gabe63 - 12/23/10 at 7:47pm
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