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Is there a noticable difference between a 16mb cache hard drive and a 64mb cache hard drive?

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May 28, 2013 1:28:01 PM

Hey everyone! I have been wondering what the difference between the Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache and the Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache hard drives were. Is there a noticeable difference between a 7200 rpm hard drive with 16mb cache and a 7200 rpm hard drive with 64mb cache? If you're wondering what programs I would be running these on I will mainly be gaming and copying files.
a b G Storage
May 28, 2013 1:30:50 PM

I'm not sure about the real difference in cache on performance but the blue has a 2yr warranty and the black has a 5 yr warranty.
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May 28, 2013 1:33:42 PM

it is likely to be negligible i would simply go wit the blue
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a b G Storage
May 28, 2013 1:35:10 PM

The "Black" will have a slight performance advantage over the "Blue", but the difference won't be night and day. As jnkweaver already mentioned the main difference would be the warranty. And also the fact that the model you are comparing aren't the same size, you get twice more space with the black.
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May 28, 2013 1:35:59 PM

jnkweaver said:
I'm not sure about the real difference in cache on performance but the blue has a 2yr warranty and the black has a 5 yr warranty.

My main question here is would it be better to spend $58 on the caviar blue or spend an extra $32 on the caviar black?

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a b G Storage
May 28, 2013 1:38:47 PM

All my drives are black. I expect my harddrives to last and am willing to pay the price so later I am not asking for help on recovering files off a dying drive.
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May 28, 2013 1:39:01 PM

MC_K7 said:
The "Black" will have a slight performance advantage over the "Blue", but the difference won't be night and day. As jnkweaver already mentioned the main difference would be the warranty. And also the fact that the model you are comparing aren't the same size, you get twice more space with the black.


I see, Well for space wise I really wouldn't need more than 500GB of disk space. Right now i only have 300GB of disk space and I still get about 130GB free for what i am doing. But say I only needed a 2 year warranty would you recommend that I go with the caviar blue? Thank you for your time by the way.

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a b G Storage
May 28, 2013 1:44:01 PM

from what i have heard blue's are still very realiable
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