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Which ~300gb hard drive?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Guv, 4 Jun 2006.

  1. Guv

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    I'm after a new hard drive, around the 300gb mark.

    Which make is best to go for at the moment?

    Which drive is best value (gb/£)?


    thanks
     
  2. xtreme.BIN

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    Depends what you are going to be using it for?

    Storage or a drive that will have OS and programs on???
     
  3. Guv

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    It will be used for storage only
     
  4. xtreme.BIN

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    Then I would suggest getting a drive made by Seagate as they ALL come with 5 years warranty (except their external ones).
    Fast, reliable, quite and reasonably priced and guaranteed to be working for 5 years! No other choice for a storage drive if you ask me!
     
  5. Guv

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    thanks for your help

    Seagate it is, 5 years warranty is pretty generous :)
     
  6. humax

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    this is what i have just got .there fantastic and very fast and there perpendicular :D


    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB ST3320620AS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (HD-078-SE)
    The Barracuda 7200.10 is the largest, most reliable disc drive around. New perpendicular recording technology supports vertically stored data bits, enabling increased areal density and dependability for workstations and performance PCs.

    - Capacity: 320 GB
    - Speed: 7200 rpm
    - Interface: SATA-II
    - Cache: 16MB
    - 5 year manufacturer''s warranty
    - Direct warranty and RMA service available here

    Price: £59.95 (£70.44 Including VAT at 17.5%)
     
  7. james.miller

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    the seagates are in a class of their own right now. i couldnt recommend anything else atm
     
  8. ByteJuggler

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    Agreed. The new Seagate 7200.10 320Gb drive is currently IMHO unmatched. 16Mb cache, with new perpendicular recording allowing a whopping 166Mb/platter giving it a peak linear transfer rate rivaling that of a Raptor (though of course the access time is still slower.) At the pricepoint it's being sold, it's a steal.
     
  9. Explicit

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    Another vote for the Seagate 7200.10
     
  10. danceMB

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    Would this be a worthwhile drive if it was used for the O/S, apps & games?
     
  11. james.miller

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    188gb/platter;) and yes, these drives are good for anything. They are current the fastest thing on sata you can buy that isnt a raptor, with a damn sight more storage as well (up to 750gb)
     
  12. Guv

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    are the 7200.9 300gb IDE drives good as well?

    I see they still come with a 5 year warranty.
     
  13. james.miller

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    nowhere near as good. If i mrebeber they were slower than the .8's. honestly, dont get anything other than a 'cuda .10.
     
  14. Guv

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    I'm not sure if there is a SATA connection which is why I was thinking about IDE. I'll need to check.

    If I need to go for IDE, should I still get the .10 and a SATA to IDE adapter?
     
  15. danceMB

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    I never quite realised how good that drive is, and also how cheap they manage to seel them for, I thought that would be worth a lot more.

    I must admit, im quite tempted to get rid of my 7200.7 120gig and replace it with this one, although im not sure what performance increase I would see?
     
  16. bakes0310

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    sorry to bump in here but now that we know what is the best storage hard drive what harddrive is the best one for OS only!!
     
  17. danceMB

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    From what I can see it looks like this is the best drive for multi-purpose usage or single usage, with a price that will be hard to beat anywhere, a very close 2nd to the more-pricey Raptor drives, and quieter.

    Im tempted to ditch my 7200.7 120gig drive. Would I see much of a performance gain if I did that?
     
  18. james.miller

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    the best would be the fastest. which for now is the raptor.
     
  19. xtreme.BIN

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    Unless you go 15k U320 SCSI which would then be a Maxtor Atlas II which kicks Raptors Ass in a big way :p
     
  20. james.miller

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    for the price, go ahead;)

    oh, and i'd expect the seagate 15k.5 cheetah to best the atlas especially as it too uses perpendicular storage like the 7200.10's;)