Fastest NON SSD hard drive...

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  1. kanej2007

    kanej2007 Ancient Guru

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    I'm looking to get a second hard drive, it must be a regular hard drive since I need the space.

    I'm not prepared to pay over $2000 for a SSD when I can get a fast regular 3.5'' hard drive running almost as fast...

    I am looking to buy a 500gb hard drive, no more and no less.

    What are the top 3 fastest 500gb hard drives?

    I am looking for either Western Digital, Toshiba or Samsung, only top brands...

    I'm not at all interested in Seagate as I've had multiple problems with them before and have lost considerable amounts of data...

    My budget is $100 or less...

    Thanks guys...
     
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    I was looking at this one, is there anything quicker or would this be the one to go for?

    I should have named this thread to ''Fastest 500gb Hard Drives...'' Thanks gurus...

    Western Digital
    WD 500GB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Caviar Black Hard Drive - 7200rpm 32MB Cache

    Specifications:

    Specification
    Product Specifications
    General
    Device Type Hard drive - internal
    Width 10.2 cm
    Depth 14.7 cm
    Height 2.5 cm
    Weight 0.69 kg
    Hard Drive
    Form Factor 3.5" x 1/3H
    Capacity 500 GB
    Interface Type Serial ATA-600
    Buffer Size 64 MB
    Features Dual actuator technology, StableTrac, NoTouch ramp load technology, dual processor
    Compliant Standards S.M.A.R.T.
    Performance
    Drive Transfer Rate 600 MBps (external)
    Internal Data Rate 126 MBps
    Average Latency 4.2 ms
    Reliability
    Non-Recoverable Errors 1 per 10^14
    Start / Stop Cycles 300,000
    Expansion / Connectivity
    Interfaces 1 x Serial ATA-600 - 7 pin Serial ATA
    Compatible Bays 1 x internal - 3.5" x 1/3H
    Miscellaneous
    Compliant Standards RoHS
    Manufacturer Warranty
    Service & Support 5 years warranty
    Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 5 years
    Environmental Parameters
    Min Operating Temperature 0 °C
    Max Operating Temperature 60 °C
    Shock Tolerance 30 g @ 2ms (operating) / 350 g @ 2ms (non-operating)
     
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    $100 (£60 ish) is easily enough to get a 1TB drive.
    For £44.61 you can have this
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804
    It has 500Gb platters so has the highest data density currently on offer (= highest transfer rate of any 7200rpm drive)

    There are some 2TB drives around £60 but they are 5900rpm (instead of 7200rpm) so arent as good for performance.
     

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    Thanks both PhatKat & Mufflore. Out of the hard disks you both posted, the WD is more than double the price of the Samsung, though it is 10,000 rpm...

    Is paying the extra $100 worth it for the Western Digital or are the differences very minor?

    If the Western Digital is a LOT faster then I will pay the extra and pay that.

    Otherwise if it's not a great deal faster I will go for the Samsung.

    Cheers guys.
     
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    I forgot to mention guys, I currently have the Western Digial Raptor 10,000 rpm...

    Reason why I wanted another hard drive was so that I could use one hard drive for gaming ONLY and the other for Windows, programs, junk, etc...

    As I only have 300gb on my current hard drive I will need more space, hence need a second hard drive.

    I've had quite a few WD hard disks over the years as well as Samsung and never have any of them failed, that's why I want one of the 2!
     
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    I think if speed is the goal, then money will be an issue. At $250 for the Raptor, there are also good SSD's, but not quite the capacity you want. That could be remedied bt using a smaller SSD with a big HDD as storage. I'm looking at a new build, and I think that is what I'll be doing.
     
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    I see.

    I just bought a 640GB WD Black, and for me it is quite fast enough for now, but I am not too picky about HDD's.
     
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    Oops, I missed where you said $100 budget, my bad.:wanker:
     
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    Yeah, as Mufflor mentioned, the Samsung Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache is a blazingly fast hd and cheap, well under $100...

    BitTech reckon its the fastest hard disk they benchmarked so far!

    Haha, no probs mate.
     

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    Hehe, word. Do it man.
     
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    Maybe you prefer a quiet computer so i would recommend buying a 2.5" HDD drive which produces far less noise and no vibrations. Also a 2.5" HDD runs a lot cooler and needs far less power and no active cooling.

    A very good 2.5" HDD is the Hitachi 5K500.B.
     
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    That drive uses 250GB platters and only runs at 5400rpm.
    Achieving the same power saving can be done by turning a fan down.
    That amount of power saving only matters on laptops or special projects.
     
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    Yeah, I'm after maximum speed and performance, sound does not bother me.

    Also, when you have a massive heatsink as well as 5 other fans spinning in your case, your not likely to hear the hard drive at all!!!
     
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    in other words you want a Ferrari on a VW budget ......:roll:
     

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    Look into Seagates Momentus XT, solid state hybrid. Great as a boot drive, I ran it for a couple of weeks and was very impressed to how snappy things felt. My boot time went from 40 sec down to 22 from the windows loading bar to a movable mouse curser. Fast!
     
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    Well, I don't see it that way. Whilst an SSD drive is faster than a standard hard drive, when gaming I do not seeing it making much of a difference, if any noticable difference that is...

    It will not make my games perform any quicker nor give me any more fps...

    At most it may make some games load a few seconds quicker. Paying 3-4 times the money for a few second improvement is not worth it.

    With regards to windows, I'm not bothered if windows takes 22 seconds or 2 minutes to load...

    So long as my games load and run smoothly, I'm happy. My ram & processor help a lot in this.

    Also I needed a 1tb hard drive, unfortunately there is no such thing as even a 500gb SSD & if there were it would cost more than my whole computer put together...

    I ended up buying the WD Caviar Black 1TB Internal hard drive - 600 MBps - 7200 rpm.

    So far I can say it's an EXCELLENT & super quick hard drive, I'm happy with my purchase...

    If there was such thing as a 500gb SSD drive and at an affordable price then I'd reconsider.

    As of now they are too new, too expensive and not large enough in size.

    I will reconsider buying one in the future when the prices drop and the sizes increase!
     
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    8-14ms access times vs 0.01ms isn't almost as fast.
     
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    As far as perception, the user will never notice the difference in access time. Also, the access time has nothing to do with the actual "speed" of the harddrive. Doesn't matter if the access time is 0.001ns, if the max transfer rate is only 45mbps, nor does it really matter if the access time is 25ms, if the max transfer rate is 600mbps. In the case of gaming, as the OP already stated, an SSD won't increase framerate.
     
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    True for like 98% of games. I guess owning one makes me love it more. =\ WINDOWS IS SO FAST D:
     

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