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Old October 15, 2011, 05:49 PM
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Anybody know where to find current up to date comparison benchies for mechanical HDDs? I was just about to pull the trigger on a WD 640 black until I noticed (from the NCIX comment threads on the product) that they've switched to a 3 platter drive which has apparently had an adverse affect on speeds.

Barring a good link to current benchmarks.... how about recommendations for a 500G (or bigger) with better than normal speeds, and a reasonable price?
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Old October 15, 2011, 06:05 PM
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Off the top of my head...no. Not many bench the smaller drives. Maybe a hardcore enthusiast storage forum might. Sry.

Personally, I kinda like the new WD 750 sata 6gb/s. IIRC the new model of it uses the same number and density of the 1TB model. Dual heads, dense platters...win win.

With that being said I haent purchased anything under 1TB in a looooong time. I always use the 1TB or bigger models (Seagate, WD...even the occasional Samy) in a build. Drop say 500GB of space on a 750 and you are into the crappy zone 1/3rd zone where speeds of ALL hard drives REALLY tank...whereas the 1tb is at only the half way mark and the 2TB is still in the inner third "speed" zone....the zone where you really want to be for anything app, game or anything that is load time sensitive.

IMHO the dif in price - about twenty bucks - makes the 1TB a better deal....even though its basically the same 8 cents'ish per GB.

YMMV

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also the 750 is only a couple bucks more than the 500...making the 500 an ill advised purchase unless money is REALLY tight.
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Old October 15, 2011, 06:10 PM
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Heh.... I have a hard time hitting the half way mark on a 250G drive.... :)

Any decent single platter drives still out there?

I'll have a look at the 750 though... I was kinda hoping to spend around the same amount for a faster/smaller drive as I'd pay for a slower large one.... :)
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seagate 7200.12 500GB, very fast and very cheap ;)
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Samsung F3 500GB:



Though Newegg no longer carries it and since Seagate bought Samsung, you'll never see them again I'd say...

You can still grab Samsung F3 1TB's though which I believe is a dual 500GB platter design and offers similar performance:
Newegg.ca - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Or the RAID edition: Newegg.ca - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive




I personally cannot recommend Seagate at all though due to the sheer amount of failures I've had with their drives. 5 dead drives does not bode well with me. Seagate became Maxtor IMO after they bought them...hopefully they use Samsung's process/technology now instead though. But since that's yet to be seen, I'll stick to Western Digital.
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Mechanical HDD benchemarks?
I lol'd. I'm not trying to be facetious here either, buuuuuut....With SSD's on the market (I know, apples to Oranges, but still) arnt benchmarks comparing miliseconds of difference kind of moot?

Then again, I think the same thing about comparing a Vertex 3 to a Vertex 2. If its not order of magnitudes better, will it really influence your day to day activities?

Atleast that seems to be the responses on people in SSD reviews and forum threads.

Am I making any sense? I'm not even drunk...
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Well the way I look at is this: most peeps DREAM of Ferrari's but drive Fords. The same goes for SSD vs HDD. This is changing as SSDs get cheaper, faster and better....but HDDs still rule in sales numbers.
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That's my 7200.12, also the 7200.11 are the series that had all the issues, ive had mine for around 6-7 months and it's been just fine.
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That's my 7200.12, also the 7200.11 are the series that had all the issues, ive had mine for around 6-7 months and it's been just fine.
Tell that to my 4 dead 1TB 7200.12s

Granted my 2 500GB 7200.12's are running fine though. One in my HTPC and the other in my brother's PC.
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I lol'd. I'm not trying to be facetious here either, buuuuuut....With SSD's on the market (I know, apples to Oranges, but still) arnt benchmarks comparing miliseconds of difference kind of moot?

Then again, I think the same thing about comparing a Vertex 3 to a Vertex 2. If its not order of magnitudes better, will it really influence your day to day activities?

Atleast that seems to be the responses on people in SSD reviews and forum threads.

Am I making any sense? I'm not even drunk...
I'd argue that it's even more important these days now that doubling up with SSD + HDD is becoming the norm for folks who can afford it.

Even comparing between the two drives displayed in this thread, there's a 10 - 15% difference in sequential read/writes.... considering the size of media libraries on current HDDs, a 10 - 15% difference in transfer times is (IMHO) huge!!!!!
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