Help with harddrive choice.
Hello, I am in the process of researching hard drives for an upgrade of my current system. I was looking at some of the 1TB drives, but from a price to performance to GB ratio I think getting 2 500GB drive and raiding them is a better option right now. Could you guys have a look at the drives I have listed below and give me your opinions. Feel free to recommend other drives in the same price range and size if you like.Thanks.
Seagate Barracuda (ST3500320AS) 7200.11 SATA NCQ 3.0Gb/s 500GB 32MB Cache (OEM)
Warranty: 5 Years
Western Digital Caviar (WD5000AAKS) 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Buffer (OEM)
Warranty: 3 Years
Hitachi Deskstar 500GB 3.5" SATAII 7200rpm 16MB (0A35415)
Warranty: 3 Years
From that list, I'd go with the Barracuda because of its perpendicular recording and larger cache. The cache will have a small performance boost (larger in benchmarks and certain programs), while the perpendicular recording gives a more noticeable boost in real work applications. I believe they also are quieter and use slightly less power.
If you were willing to spend a bit more, I'd get the WD 640GB drive. It gives better performance than the Barracudas and runs quieter, and cooler. At CanadaComputers, the 640GB is actually a few cents less/GB than the Barracuda is.
Out of the 3, Seagate mainly for the reasons CanadaRox stated and because I have 2 in a RAID mirror, they run fairly cool considering that I have them stacked and they are quieter than my 320's.
What gives the 1TB drives a performance advantage is the data density of the ~320MB platers. Manufacturers of the 1TB drives are now making smaller drives using the same platers to get the same performance (i.e. 2x320MB instead of 3 platers). BTW from my research the 320MB WD drive didn't deliver as expected doing this but the 640MB version came out with flying colours. Have a look at the WD6400AAKS. I've got one and like it very much, VERY quiet. I've got a second on the way for RAID, NCIX plus a few other retailers have them on sale for ~$89 right now.
Oh and another plug for WD...
A couple years ago I upgraded my office computer and the WD drive started making a little too much noise so it was decided that a RMA was needed. WD sent me a new drive so I could transfer all the data over and then ship them back the old drive in the box they sent me the new one in. A little thing, but nicer than being stuck with NO drive for a week or two.
Out of those 3, I'd get the Seagate ... and you can pricematch down to $72 from NCIX, BTW ...
Wow, thanks for the replies guys did not expect them so soon. It will still be a little while before I do this, have some stuff to clear up first. But in the mean while I'll have a look at that WD640. I like what biff had to say about WD support, but I also like Seagate's warranty: 5 Years, but really only one drive ever died on me and that was because the power supply (El Cheapo) decided to commit suicide and take some of the other components with it.:haha:
Seagate 7200.11 500GB all the way i have 3 of them and their awesome have no problems and run soo cool compared to my 7200.10 320 had to send 2 already to rma anyways you wont be disappointed the 500gb also goes on sale all the time at ncix for around 73 bucks soo keep an eye out:)
Thanks for your reply Dashock. I like the Seagate too, unless I can get the WD 640 on a good deal I'll more than likely go with the Seagate. Just one question, I saw some thing on the net about some king of firmware problems with some Seagate drives (still looking in to it) I don't know if it affects this drive, something about a AAE ans/or AKK firmware I believe. Any one hear anything about this.
Never mind it's some of the 7200.10 drives that had the firmware problem not the 7200.11 drive I'm looking at. If any one is interested link is here: Seagate's AAK-firmware
i just price matched 3 of the seagtes . ncix matched another place that was selling them for $69.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 3.5IN 500GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive
forgot to say: SS Wilson is absolutely convinced i have a black thumb for hard drives. when i was a maxtor fan i was rma'ing them on a regular basis. i have used seagate for some time now and have NEVER had a problem. not one rma, nothing. they are the best out there for me. the additional 2 years warranty tells me that the manufacturer is confident in them as well. i will finally be able to purge my system of the evil maxtor corporation.
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