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Old August 16, 2010, 10:12 PM
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I am looking at getting a new hard drive to do a fresh install of windows 7. I have a 5600 + AMD with a M2N32 SLI Delux mobo. It has sata with the 3 GB. I want to future proof this hd purchase with a WD Caviar Black 6 GB. I want to do a build in the next 6 mo to 1 year and do not want to buy another hd.

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

This is my current hd.

Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording Technology) -Bare Drive

Good buy? Wait and reuse what I have?

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Old August 17, 2010, 06:07 AM
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I'd advise you to wait for when you start your new build. By that time, there will be a bunch of new SSDs and the existing ones will be much cheaper and much more realistic. If you really can't afford an SSD, the WD Caviar Black is an absolutely great drive, but I'd say get 2 of the 500GB versions in RAID0. Everything's better with RAID . Really though, I see no point for you to upgrade if you'll be doing a new build in 6 months to a year. I would wait, as HDD prices will also fall by that time I'd assume.

Edit: Just found somebody selling a WD Black 1TB (Similar to what you've picked out) for pretty cheap.
So if you really can't/don't want to wait for when you start your next build, then this would be a good option.

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I agree 100% with Pine. My perspective (for any that care! haha) is to buy the cheapest legacy drive if it's for the OS. I think the 500GB HDD for RAID sounds good (although, I have no experience with RAID). I would just buy the cheapest you can and try to put money towards a HDD in a SSD eventually. I wouldn't buy a 1TB HDD for an OS. I think it's way overkill in terms of space for an OS. I don't really like having ALL of my data on the same partition of the OS and even though you could partition it, it's still on the same drive. Of course, you can do this and have it backed up on a 1TB HDD for storage, though.

My main preference is to limit spending on HDDs when they're the legacy variety and to be used for the OS. The GB/$ is still sucky for a SSD but at least, you have a major performance/speed gain when getting one. I would look at 500GB HDDs for RAID or if no RAID, the cheapest 320GB/500GB HDD. Then save up money towards a SSD. It's what I'm trying to do.

I wonder if 7200rpm drives are more likely to fail than 5400 storage drives since they're most often used for the OS and constantly writing to the drive or at least, having a lot of disk activity. They run a bit hotter, run faster and get accessed way more often. It's spinning faster and parts are moving more often etc. etc. It might be negligible but I still feel that I want to limit investment in a legacy OS HDD and concentrate more money towards a SSD in the long run. It might be a crappy deal for the price but the performance gains go a long way to making it worthwhile.
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Also, I forgot the link to the person selling the cheap 1TB (again, I would advise waiting for your next build and then 2x 500GB Raid0/SSD).
Here it is: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...ard-drive.html
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Old August 17, 2010, 10:24 AM
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So what would be a good ssd in the same price point?

Another question, how does it work with a ssd as the os drive and a traditional hd as the secondary? I would have to make sure whatever I install goes to that drive? I play cod waw, downloading maps goes into the main drive, how would that work to have them download onto the secondary drive?
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So what would be a good ssd in the same price point?

Another question, how does it work with a ssd as the os drive and a traditional hd as the secondary? I would have to make sure whatever I install goes to that drive? I play cod waw, downloading maps goes into the main drive, how would that work to have them download onto the secondary drive?
Thanks again.
Cy
Maps are stored Local Disc (c:)>users>login name>appdata>local>activision>codwaw>usermaps

Not sure if all that can be changed to a different drive than the boot drive

Leaving them on the SSD would definitely improve you map load times

My total install along with all of my music COD4 maps, BFC2 , office etc on my primary drive totals less than 140 gig

A 120G SSD hard drive should be sufficient to house codWAW along with your windows 7 install with room to spare if you put all your music, porn etc. on the secondary drive. My user maps folder with 53 maps in it is only 2 gb.
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I'd consider a Samsung F3 1TB instead. Bit cheaper and performs just as well IMO.

Then in your new build, you can decide whether or not to get a SSD. If you do, then you'll already have a nice secondary drive to store non-essential items like photos, music, videos, etc. You can also change the installation path on programs/games you don't need daily to the HDD.
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Old August 17, 2010, 07:42 PM
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Any thoughts on this ssd?

Newegg.com - WD SiliconEdge Blue SSC-D0128SC-2100 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - SSD
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Looks surprisingly cheap. I've only seen the Kingston's V series go for that price on NCIX's weekly themed sales (and they're also a bit slower).
That SSD looks alright, not sure about the company's support of it though...
Again, you shouldn't be looking at SSD's till when you're actually building.
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