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May 4, 2013 12:38:08 PM

Hi everyone, I needed your advice regarding the selection of a hard drive. I wanted to buy a 500 GB hard drive for mygaming needs. should i go for a Western Digital or Seagate

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May 4, 2013 12:45:42 PM
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Each company is quite great. The Western Digital Blacks are typically a bit higher performance speed wise, but with a hard drive you won't notice a difference. The Blues are your standard drives, greens are "Power Saving" drives, and red is more for networking/server purposes. The Seagate Barracuda drives are great and sit between the Western Digital Blue and Black performance wise, but typically a fair bit cheaper. Just make sure its the 7200RPM modules.
a b G Storage
May 4, 2013 12:52:24 PM

I usually buy WD Black drives because afaik they are the only consumer drives to have retained a five year warranty since the Thailand floods.
Also, as fatboytyler pointed out, they're fast.
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a b G Storage
May 4, 2013 1:01:05 PM

The new Blues are actually faster than most of the blacks, and only about $4 more than a comparable seagate.

I personally stay away from the Seagate Barracudas - I've worked with a lot of drives in my time, and the Barracudas tend to run hot and noisy.
a b G Storage
May 4, 2013 1:21:01 PM

Blue or black are both good. The blacks are my personal preference simply for the warranty and the fact they are reliable as hell.

I actually have tons of western digital hard drives from over the years, none are dead... -.- So I definitely say go for Western Digital and avoid seagate.
May 4, 2013 2:30:59 PM

Seagates are just as reliable, it all depends on who you ask. I've got a 500GB Black in one of my builds and its been running great for quite some time. I've also known of people who have Barracuda's (Seagate) in their builds that are well more than 5 years old and they still perform great. Bottom line, you aren't going to go wrong with either one unless you're unlucky and get a bad one, which can happen with either brand. Go with whichever fits the budget best.
a b G Storage
May 4, 2013 2:38:01 PM

fatboytyler, you also have to consider their quality at this very moment. It's all good to say that Seagate was a very good company five years ago; I'd agree with you. However, in the past five years, their quality has been slowly slipping; they are just as reliable now, but they run hot and tend to be noisy.
May 5, 2013 7:24:52 AM

I will be going for a 500 GB WD. These are the options.

WD 500Gb Caviar Green 64MB Cache
WD 500Gb Caviar Blue 16 MB Cache

What are your suggestions Blue or Green

a b G Storage
May 5, 2013 9:09:54 AM

For a system drive, Blue > Green, any day all day. The greens are a lot slower. I have also read about some reliability issues with them concerning their frequent head-parking, although I have not experienced that first-hand.
May 5, 2013 9:52:14 AM

WD Blacks any day. I've had various Seagate drives fail prematurely, and two WD Greens, but the WD Blacks I have now (three of them) are going strong. Only down side is the noise. But I don't feel like I'm playing russian roulette with my data any more! Hehe...
a b G Storage
May 5, 2013 10:40:03 AM

Neither.

The green spins slower and stops when it's not being read, because it's designed to save energy, not be fast.

The blue has only 16MB of cashe.

You SHOULD be able to find a 64MB cashe blue for pretty much the exact same price... and heck, for $10 more, you can get a TB of storage.
a b G Storage
May 5, 2013 11:11:53 AM

I think the Blacks are quieter than they used to be. I have one that is coming up on three years old that is one of the noisiest drives I've ever owned (although it's never had an problems in operation). OTOH, the ones I've bought over the last year have been pretty quiet. They work well in RAID-1 pairs too.
May 5, 2013 12:39:38 PM

Onus said:
I think the Blacks are quieter than they used to be. I have one that is coming up on three years old that is one of the noisiest drives I've ever owned (although it's never had an problems in operation). OTOH, the ones I've bought over the last year have been pretty quiet. They work well in RAID-1 pairs too.


My Black drive in my other build which is coming up on a year and a half now, has been pretty quiet under load.
July 4, 2013 11:22:48 AM

My Seagate drive 500gb is over 6 years old working like new still.
July 16, 2013 5:44:08 PM

DarkSable said:
The new Blues are actually faster than most of the blacks, and only about $4 more than a comparable seagate.

I personally stay away from the Seagate Barracudas - I've worked with a lot of drives in my time, and the Barracudas tend to run hot and noisy.


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September 12, 2013 11:41:12 AM

Do not get WD Blue!!! It causes many freezing problems to your system. I know this because I own one and I want to change it with a Seagate Barracuda. Go with WD Black or Seagate Barracuda. They are the best.
a b G Storage
September 12, 2013 2:23:36 PM

A single bad drive happens to anyone. It doesn't mean that all such drives will be bad.
September 17, 2013 8:50:19 AM

SpecsGuy said:
Do not get WD Blue!!! It causes many freezing problems to your system. I know this because I own one and I want to change it with a Seagate Barracuda. Go with WD Black or Seagate Barracuda. They are the best.


I've got a 1TB blue and it has caused zero issues. It's almost as fast as my SATA II SSD. Which is saying something to compare between the SSD (older connection or not).
a b G Storage
September 17, 2013 1:08:37 PM

Both Seagate and Western Digital are good. I have had both WD and Seagates fail on me and there are seagates that still work for many years. I am partial to WD but in the end it's really up to you what brand you choose. Both will do the job, no drive lasts forever and as much as we want them too it just hasn't happened yet.
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