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Need assistance in choosing a 2TB internal HDD

I'm finally getting around to purchasing a new internal drive and my first choice would be the WD Caviar Black 2TB drive, though the newegg reviews have repeated mentions of DOA and short-lived drives. I would love any opinions on the risk of ordering the drive, or another, similarly specced and priced 7200 rpm 2TB drive
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  1. WD Blacks are great for their long warranty period. If blacks arent your thing, the other choices for standard rpm drives are Seagate barracudas or WD Blues
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    I'm assuming you mean the plain 'black' drive. I don't think the caviar name has been around for a while, but WD has the best warranty on their drives of any manufacturer (5 years on a black), so you'd be pretty safe. As far as 7200 rpm drives, i haven't really noticed much if any difference between models or manufacturers, i've got seagate, WD, Samsung, and others, and they're all extremely similar performance wise, i would say the WD i have a quieter than the others though.

    Reviews are pretty skewed because most of the happy people who get a good drive are too happy using it to go write a review, while the angry people who get a lemon are angry and have nothing better to do than go write a flaming review; so even though a large portion of the reviews may be of DOA's that's not the norm at all.
  3. the WD blacks are still using 500GB platters
    the newer seagates are using 1TB platters

    Unless the warranty or WD brand is a must, i'd suggest the seagate "DM" 1TB/platter models
    They have higher performance and lower power usage.
  4. Jaxem said:

    Reviews are pretty skewed because most of the happy people who get a good drive are too happy using it to go write a review, while the angry people who get a lemon are angry and have nothing better to do than go write a flaming review; so even though a large portion of the reviews may be of DOA's that's not the norm at all.


    Very true, didn't really consider that. I think I will go with the black because I have had a 500gb one in my rig for over a year and it's performing extremely well thus far. Thanks for the help.

    EDIT: To Soul_keeper: what you said about the platter size is intriguing, however the Barracuda 2TB (it has DM in the serial number so I assume that's the drive you're talking about) seems to have an even higher DOA rate recorded in the reviews. I'll look around a bit more but it's starting to look like the WD
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