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Hey up!

Need of some advice here. I have only 40GB left on my hard drive and I need more storage! However, were I come up short is what to look for in a decent HDD? I see Western Digital greens, blacks, blues along side Hitachi and samsungs with caches ranging from 16MB to 64MB.

Whats it all mean? What kind of RPM and cache (and colour :S!) am I going to need to get?

I have around £40-£60 to spend and would like to see some speed increase when copying files around. I would like to increase my HDD space by 500 GB to a total of 1 TB but I am unsure what make and model my current hard drive is so if needed I don't mind getting a 1 TB drive and just using my old one as backup or whatever.

Thanks for some help!

Gradyhawks
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Not sure on pricing over there, but you can not go wrong with F3 1TB, they are among the fastest you can get.
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Get an samsung F3 and forget about it all.
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Ah, a very swift reply!

Well I there are two within budget!

Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache £36
and
Samsung HD105SI EcoGreen F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache £51

Is there much difference? I take it the £36 one is the one you guys are on about?

Thanks again!
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Cache is similar as CPU's and memory. Cache on CPU is fast memory you work on. Cache on hard disk is fast memory it stores stuff on temporarily. It's the place for files being accessed a lot that don't need to go to RAM. Therefore, more = better.

With WD drives, Green < Blue < Black for performance. The inverse is true for power footprint. For Seagate, just get a 7200.12 series drive - it's the latest.

If you're planning a place to dump masses of movies, go a WD 1Tb or 2Tb Green. If you want to install the OS to it, go a Seagate 7200.12 500Gb. (I find Seagate has high reliability, and very easy RMA).

These are all "mainstream" solutions. Spend more on a WD velociraptor and you get blistering performance, but not as much space (like a solid state).

I'd just get a 1Tb WD Blue if I was you, and uninstall and reinstall programs to the new drive, same for data. Then you don't have to deal with getting the OS across. Dirty, but an easy and cheap upgrade of storage.
    
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Oh yeah, or the Samsung F3's are very nice too... =P

The EcoGreen will mean lower power consumption, probably at the expense of performance. Your choice.
    
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The EcoGreen will mean lower power consumption, probably at the expense of performance. Your choice.
Well I don't play for electric and my case already has 3 giant noisy fans so will sod the planet and get the cheaper one!

Cheers chaps!
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Well I don't play for electric and my case already has 3 giant noisy fans so will sod the planet and get the cheaper one!

Cheers chaps!
And I help produce 3% of Australia's Green House gases. I'm not ****ting you - I work at the worlds dirtiest power station.
    
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And I help produce 3% of Australia's Green House gases. I'm not ****ting you - I work at the worlds dirtiest power station.
Rule #1 of the 21st century: Be wary of all products with "green" in their name. The spinpoints are apparently faster.

No I am not a global warming denier, just weary of "green" advertising.

Also keep in mind that if you want to take the leap to 2TB, the drives don;t actually cost much more than the 1TB drives (but they will be slower).
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