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Currently I have a 250GB HDD almost 3-4 yrs old and its kinda dying(getting slow and stuck at times). Its currently holding OS's(win7/Ubuntu), Music ,Games and movies- basically everything.
I have the habit of playing music , games , browse and dwd at the same time.
I am planning on transfering all my music collection around 90GB(and counting) from external HDD to internal, along with my dwds.

So should i go for 2x500 GB or just one 1 TB ?
I am asking this since nowadays i notice that HDD are not as reliable as it used to be.
Will a 1 TB be fine to handle OS,apps ,games and dwd at the same time or
Should i go for a 2x500GB where 1 holds the OS,apps and music ,the other 500gb hold the games and use the current 250Gb for dwd?

I know kinda stupid question but i am on budget so i am stuck thinking a lot abt this.. and i needed some suggestions..

Thanks for reading..
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It depends what models of HDD's you're looking at. For example, if the 1TB had two 500GB platters and the 500GB drives had two 250GB platters, then the 1TB should give you more performance.

Personally though, I would go with two 500's, since like you said, if one fails, you still have half of your data.
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I would use the 2 500gb in RAID 1 or 2 1tb in RAID1, if one fails you still have ALL your data
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It depends what models of HDD's you're looking at. For example, if the 1TB had two 500GB platters and the 500GB drives had two 250GB platters, then the 1TB should give you more performance.

Personally though, I would go with two 500's, since like you said, if one fails, you still have half of your data.
I believe the 500 is single platter .. since WD green 500gb 32mb cache is slower than seagate 500gb 16mb cache<correct me if i am wrong> ,i was thinking of getting the the seagate.
If 1 TB its a 2x500GB platter, i would go with WD since i have seen many seagate failures in this s segment compared to WD.

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I would use the 2 500gb in RAID 1 or 2 1tb in RAID1, if one fails you still have ALL your data
Yeah this i did think of this idea but 2 1tb is sadly out of my current budget.
2 500gb is possible but RAID would reduce my capacity to 500GB rather than 1tb.Since i am planning on moving my of my old movie and song collection to internal HDD ,RAID is not possible for nw.

So currently 2 500's sounds better ..
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Well Its not always the platter that fails. It could be the reading head, it could be the controller burning out... don't get too concerned about platters.
I say If you want ultimate security with all your data, get two drives and RAID1.
But between those two choices, I'd get the 1TB.
A good reliable F3 drive should safely hold all of your data. And you have the freedom to partition it to whatever you like. A 500 gig system partition is a big much imo.

And I always recommend having as much of your crucial data as possible on a separate small external somewhere just in case ;D

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