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I am looking to replace my truly slow WD Caviar Blue 160 as my OS drive, so I have been looking around. I have a WD Black 640 and Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB, and have compared all 3 with HD Tune, and the Caviar Black and Samsung obviously blow the Caviar Blue out of the water. The Caviar Black has better access times whereas the Spinpoint has a better transfer rate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...^22-136-744-TS

So I have narrowed it down to these choices. Whatever I use, I will be short stroking it to 80 GB. Price is not an issue. Performance is. I also want to keep it to a single HDD, so no RAID.

Opinions?
Edited by spaceballsrules - 3/22/11 at 11:48am
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post #2 of 15
f3 1tb and why no ssd the price per performance is still better then any plater based drive even if the price per gb is higher
    
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post #3 of 15
Get the Velociraptor, they have low access times which is good for apps. If you want more space then sammy's the way to go.
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post #4 of 15
Yeah why no SSD?


It's amazing. Even a crummy one like mine is amazing.
post #5 of 15
Another vote for an SSD. Even a last-gen 32GB drive will blow any HDD out of the water.

But if you insist on a mechanical drive I would go for either of the Samsungs you list - the F4 if budget is a huge concern, but the F3 shortstroked to the same capacity will be faster.
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Velociraptor. I've heard great things.
 
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post #7 of 15
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No SSD because I have Vista, which means no TRIM, and I don't feel like doing a bunch of work-arounds or buying W7.

I have been looking around the forum and I read that the F4 is faster than the F3 and WD Black, and that the Velociraptor is still the fastest overall, but not by much anymore.
So Velociraptor>F4>F3>Caviar Black??
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If not doing an SSD(H.Bolt on Speed) then I would do the F4. I pity the fool who uses vista.
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Originally Posted by spaceballsrules View Post
No SSD because I have Vista, which means no TRIM, and I don't feel like doing a bunch of work-arounds or buying W7.

I have been looking around the forum and I read that the F4 is faster than the F3 and WD Black, and that the Velociraptor is still the fastest overall, but not by much anymore.
So Velociraptor>F4>F3>Caviar Black??
So get a SSD that features garbage collection.


Deciding on which HDD for your OS is really deciding the difference between 0.3MB/s random read. Not really even worth the effort since SSDs do 50+ MB/s random read.


Velociraptor are a waste of money. You pay a premium for a 5-10% performance gain. Instead, pay bit more to get a 1000% gain in SSDs.
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The 1TB F3 shortstroked to the same capacity as the F4 will be faster. The F3 shortstroked is also faster than the WD, so as it's the same price it isn't worth it. The 74GB Velociraptors are no faster than a shortstroked F3 either as they are REALLY old now - if you want to go up to 10K drives then you want a 150GB or 300GB Velociraptor (or the factory shortstroked 80 and 160GB versions). But they cost as much as an SSD will.

Even under Vista most modern SSDs have garbage collection, which means you don't need TRIM for optimal performance. I really would go this route - nothing else you buy will really feel like a great upgrade from your Blue. But an SSD will feel like night & day.
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