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November 29, 2013 8:35:43 AM

I need some help choosing a hard drive or hard drives. I can get a WD Caviar Black 2TB for $110 or two 1TB Caviar blues for the same price and there is also a Seagate Barracuda 3TB for $100. I have an SSD for my OS and most of my programs and a Caviar Blue 1TB for my games and videos but it's almost full. I'm leaning towards the Black but I wanted to ask some people first that know more about them than I do. Thanks.
November 29, 2013 8:39:36 AM

I think you should go for 2 1TB Caviar Blue drives because even if one of the drives fail, you will not loose any of your data and WD is a good brand. Hope this helps !
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November 29, 2013 8:40:44 AM

WD.

If you get the 2 x 1TB Blue you can one day set up a pointless RAID5 with your existing Blue.

Can you get a 3TB Green for around $110?
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November 29, 2013 8:52:29 AM

giantbucket said:
WD.

If you get the 2 x 1TB Blue you can one day set up a pointless RAID5 with your existing Blue.

Can you get a 3TB Green for around $110?


I can get it for $120 but I thought it was a 5400rpm drive so it wouldn't be as good for gaming as the others, right?
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November 29, 2013 8:53:51 AM

seagate is my brand of choice for hdd. i'm never touching a wd after the problems i've had with their green line.

since it's for storage only (ssd does most of the real work) it wont matter which one you get. cost/gb should be your driving factor

p.s. never raid 0 your big storage. simply not worth the risk in case one fails
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November 29, 2013 8:59:27 AM

If the Blue is 7200rpm (I can't recall) then get two of those.

The Green (and Red) are 5400-ish so they might be a tad slow for games, but they're more than enough for movies. Personally I use a Black for OS, Red for often-used docs and files, and Green for bulk movie storage.
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November 29, 2013 9:01:31 AM

The Seagate is the cheapest option and it's a 3TB drive but I'm not sure if it would be as reliable as the Caviar Blue or Black.
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November 29, 2013 9:04:15 AM

WhatamIdoingWrong said:
The Seagate is the cheapest option and it's a 3TB drive but I'm not sure if it would be as reliable as the Caviar Blue or Black.


you still have the current 1tb drive for backups and the warranty is the same for all. just make sure it's a 7200rpm version.
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November 29, 2013 9:07:11 AM

giantbucket said:
If the Blue is 7200rpm (I can't recall) then get two of those.

The Green (and Red) are 5400-ish so they might be a tad slow for games, but they're more than enough for movies. Personally I use a Black for OS, Red for often-used docs and files, and Green for bulk movie storage.


The Blue is 7200rpm and so is the Barracuda.
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November 29, 2013 9:24:18 AM

I used to have Seagate as my main drives, my first pick. Had Hitachi and Samsung too but would never turn down a Seagate.

These days, I pick WD first whenever possible. Better options, nicer support, and for some unknown reason Seagate just rubs me the wrong way nowadays...
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November 29, 2013 9:26:56 AM

If I get two more Caviar Blues, would a RAID(I don't know what RAID is.) setup be best and does my ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 motherboard support it?
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November 29, 2013 9:48:56 AM

Is $55 for the Caviar Blue a good price or should I wait till Cyber Monday?
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November 29, 2013 9:54:20 AM

WhatamIdoingWrong said:
If I get two more Caviar Blues, would a RAID(I don't know what RAID is.) setup be best and does my ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 motherboard support it?


it supports raid. http://www.ecs.umass.edu/ece/koren/architecture/Raid/ra...

there are 2 kinds basically
0 (stripe) - which is like the dual channel for ram where each data block is split between the 2 hdds. you get the sum of capacity and about 80-90% speed increase. downside is if one of the drives fails you lose the data on both. the one working will have just half of the puzzle.
1 (mirror) - each block is written to both hdds. you sacrifice half of the capacity but your data always exists on both. if one fails nothing happens. speed = slowest of the drives.
(for these the hdd's should be identical)

and then we move to funky 10 (mirror of stripes), 5 (stripe with parity check), 6 (double parity) but for these you need atleast 3 drives.

just get the 3tb seagate and dont complicate your life needlessly
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November 29, 2013 10:19:46 AM

WhatamIdoingWrong said:
If I get two more Caviar Blues, would a RAID(I don't know what RAID is.) setup be best and does my ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 motherboard support it?


you could get two 1TB Blues and not bother with RAID right now. no need to. just have them as individual drives. but if N years down the road you want to try some RAIDing, then your three 1TB Blues would be well suited to the task.
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November 29, 2013 10:22:18 AM

giantbucket said:
WhatamIdoingWrong said:
If I get two more Caviar Blues, would a RAID(I don't know what RAID is.) setup be best and does my ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 motherboard support it?


you could get two 1TB Blues and not bother with RAID right now. no need to. just have them as individual drives. but if N years down the road you want to try some RAIDing, then your three 1TB Blues would be well suited to the task.


let's assume his current 1tb wd is 2 years old. would you want it on your raid setup 2 years from now? i wouldn't
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November 29, 2013 10:24:50 AM

the beauty (and whole raison d'etre) of RAID5 is that if one drive suddenly fails, no data is lost. the drive simply gets replaced with a new one, array is rebuilt, and life carries on. so in short, yes I would trust it once the RAID array is set up because then I wouldn't need to worry about trusting it.
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November 29, 2013 10:29:43 AM

(no disrespect) remember we're talking about someone who has never set a raid before. i dont see how more points of failure on his pc can be helpful. so in my personal opinion i think the 3tb seagate is a better choice than the 2x1 wd

we haven't even began to talk about power requirements for 3 drives instead of 2, cables, ports available.

at that point we'd be talking about a drive 4 years old. anything after 5 years is living on borrowed time in my humble opinion. and by that time 3tb would be simply not enough for his needs.

and to make matters worse were talking about a motherboard embedded controller! what if he changes motherboards next year?
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November 29, 2013 10:34:16 AM

I wouldn't recommend setting up a RAID5 immediately, or even at all. I was (clearly) saying that buying two 1TB drives gives him options in the future to experiment with stuff.

regardless of RAID or no-RAID, I'd think spreading data over two drives is safer than putting everything on one drive.

but yeah, point taken on whether his mobo can even support two extra drives as far as SATA ports, or only one extra drive. as far as power supply, he'd have to be running it pretty close to capacity if one more drive is OK but two more drives is death.
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November 29, 2013 10:38:56 AM

sorry for losing my temper. it was uncalled for. i wasn't saying to put all his eggs in one basket, if you see bellow i was even saying to use the current one for backups. older drives are great for that
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November 29, 2013 10:42:23 AM

no worries - it's Black Friday and everyone is going insane looking for a 256G SSD for $19.95 with free shipping....
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November 29, 2013 10:46:39 AM

laviniuc said:
(no disrespect) remember we're talking about someone who has never set a raid before. i dont see how more points of failure on his pc can be helpful. so in my personal opinion i think the 3tb seagate is a better choice than the 2x1 wd

we haven't even began to talk about power requirements for 3 drives instead of 2, cables, ports available.

at that point we'd be talking about a drive 4 years old. anything after 5 years is living on borrowed time in my humble opinion. and by that time 3tb would be simply not enough for his needs.

and to make matters worse were talking about a motherboard embedded controller! what if he changes motherboards next year?


I think I'll buy the Seagate since it's $10 less and an extra 1TB. The hard drive and the rest of my PC is less than 5 months old, Steam sales are rough on the wallet and they can fill a HD fast.
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November 29, 2013 10:58:37 AM

I just ordered it from TigerDirect for $100 if anybody else wants one. Thanks for the help.
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