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Largest Single Plata drive?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by zo1d, 6 May 2006.

  1. zo1d

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    Largest Single Platter drive?

    Hi,
    Need to replace my hard drive in my HTPC as it's started developing bad sectors.
    Anyway being that it's for a HTPC I want it to be as quiet and cool running as possible. Either going to be a seagate or samsung, however what's the largest I can get with a single Platter drive?

    Many Thanks...
     
    Last edited: 6 May 2006
  2. benjo plz.

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    500gb?
     
  3. mosfet

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    Don't think so mate :) All the current 500gig models have 4 platters, although I think the Seagate .10s will have 3 (Perpendicular recording).

    I really don't know of any single platter drives, Samsung Spinpoint are the drives of choice for most HTPCs, you really won't be able to hear them from a small distance. Go for a Spinpoint 250 or so.
     
  4. jhmaeng

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    I heard that Seagate 7200.8 160GB is the largest on a single platter.
     
  5. Clarkey

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    excuse me for asking a stupid question, but why would the number of platters make a difference?
     
  6. id10T_error

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    less platters = better reliability
    Obviously the fewer platters the fewer things to go pete tong
     
  7. benjo plz.

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    Setup a network backup?
     
  8. SiriusB

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    Isn't HDD technology limited to just 180ish GB platters?

    SiriusB
     
  9. Cyber-Mav

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    my 250 gig drive is a 2 platter drive. seagate has 133gig platters and larger now i think.
     
  10. jhmaeng

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    That surely depends on HDD technology - such as perpendicular recording, which I'm sure boosed the limit by quite a bit (i.e. 160GB laptop HDDs)
     
  11. zo1d

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    My understanding is that less platter means fewer moving parts, which means less noise, heating etc
     
  12. mosfet

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    Bingo
     
  13. benjo plz.

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    Aren't there 160gb laptop hds anyway?
     
  14. jhmaeng

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    Not until Seagate released their latest Momentus range, which AFAIK uses perpendicular recording. The previous maximum was around 100GB.
     
  15. benjo plz.

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    What about the fujitsu ones?
     
  16. Dutch Guy

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    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article291-page1.html

    The largest capacity per platter is currently 188Gb but that is for the new Seagate 7200.10 and that is only available as 750Gb model, the 7200.9 has a 160Gb per platter design as linked to in this post.
     
  17. jhmaeng

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    Fujitsu only seems to make capacities of up to 120GB so far, which is doable without perpendicular recording. It's the >120GB total capacity for laptop drives that needs a new recording technique, hence perpendicular. And of those currently out in the market, Seagate has the highest capacity (at least as far as I can tell).

    Fujitsu is going to release 200GB 2.5in drives in 2007 - those also use perpendicular recording.
     
  18. benjo plz.

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  19. pcoltrane

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    I'd say the 250gb spinpoint is the htpc hard drive of choice. Unless of course you are really serious about the going extreme low noise and power, in which case a laptop drive may be a better option. Saying that though - even 250gb gets filled very quickly if recording tv!

    Marc
     
  20. Bane

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    Sorry for resurrecting this old thread.

    Anyone tried Hitachi's 7K160 that uses a single platter for the 160GB model? And compared it against Seagate's 7200.9 160GB models.