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current 500 gb is slowing, and grinds under pressure. 5-750 gb would be ideal, and this will be my main boot drive. i know ssd is great and all, but currently i have ~350gb used, with only 10gb of that being personal files, otherwise EVERYTHING else is on the larger backup drives.

f3?
sata3?
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F3's are good drives from the reviews I've read and has a whole slew of good reviews on newegg, and the 1tb is currently on sale at newegg for $55. See this post. bit-tech review
Edited by suitaroh - 3/30/11 at 4:34pm
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hrm, how do the f3's stack up to say a wd black sata3?
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post #4 of 14
If it's between an F3 and a Cav Black get whichever you can get the best deal on. The difference in performance between them would be small enough you would need benchmarks to tell the difference.
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post #5 of 14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PapaSmurf View Post
If it's between an F3 and a Cav Black get whichever you can get the best deal on. The difference in performance between them would be small enough you would need benchmarks to tell the difference.
big of a difference between 3 or 6gbps sata?

i currently have two of these F4's, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152245
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post #6 of 14
I have a Spinpoint F3 right now and don't have any problems with it.

You can get it for $55 after a coupon right now on newegg, it's probably your best option: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Greensystemsgo View Post
big of a difference between 3 or 6gbps sata?

i currently have two of these F4's, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152245
I don't believe sata 3 or 6 gbps matters for mechanical hdds yet, unless you're running some super crazy raid array. The newer caviar blacks that have sata 6 gbps have a 64mb cache as opposed to the f3's 32 mb cache, so they will be a wee bit faster with some stuff but are also $20ish more usually.
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No mechanical drive has ever, and probably never will saturate the SATA 2 pipeline. They are just now running fast enough to saturate a SATA 1 pipeline. Only an SSD can benefit from SATA 3.

The difference between 32m cache and 64m cache won't make any noticeable difference.

An F3 or Cav Black will be faster, and especially have quicker access times than those F4's.

Like I said previously, you won't be able to t3ll the difference between an F3 and a Cav Black without running a benchmark on them. Get whichever one you can get the best deal on. A 500, 640, or 1TB will normally be faster than a 750 due to platter density.
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post #9 of 14
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aight thx brah. ill be running some tests tomorrow on mine to confirm what i suspect. any recommendations on programs to test hdd with? I dont have a specific preference between an samsung or WD so ill be watching sales.
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If it grinds it's failing and needs to be replaced. You could try GSmartControl to see what SMART values it trips. I also like to use Victoria 4.3.
Edited by PapaSmurf - 3/30/11 at 9:44pm
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