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I'm on a budget. Need a long lasting 1TB Hard drive.

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April 8, 2014 12:46:26 PM

Title says it all. The goal is to maybe see a community favorite or something. I don't have much in my wallet. I still need performance.

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April 8, 2014 12:55:41 PM

Western Digital green or blue - 1tb, 7200rpm, 64mb cache. both are like $60 on newegg right now.
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April 8, 2014 1:52:52 PM

Hi -

I've never had a problem with Western Digital. A quick trip to Microcenter.com shows that they have several models at 1TB from $60-$70, but do look at the specs, becuase in this price range they vary:
o Cache - 8MB to 64MB
o RPM - 5400 to 7200
o SATA - 3Gb/sec to 6Gb/sec.

Also note that these all come with a 2 year warranty. You'll need to step up to the WD "Black" edition to get a 5 year warranty.

Kinda depends on why you're buying.
- If your current disk is generating SMART errors and about to die, then don't hesitate - replace immediately!
- If you can wait a month and put a few more $$$'s into your wallet, then maybe in the long run it's worth it to get the Black edition for the longer warranty or a drive with better specs.
- If performance is a long-term goal, then find out if your MOBO chipset support the Intel SRT/Smart Response Technology, which lets you add an SSD to cache the HD. If this is a long-term plan, then buy a cheap disk now, knowing that you'll add the SSD for performance at some point in the future.

Admittedly, I'm partiall to the Western Digital, but you'll find plenty of folks on either side - people whe have had problems w/ WD as well as people who have used other brands and had very good success.

Hope this helps.

Let us know if you have any more questions.

-GorfTheFrog
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April 8, 2014 2:38:16 PM

GorfTheFrog said:
Hi -

I've never had a problem with Western Digital. A quick trip to Microcenter.com shows that they have several models at 1TB from $60-$70, but do look at the specs, becuase in this price range they vary:
o Cache - 8MB to 64MB
o RPM - 5400 to 7200
o SATA - 3Gb/sec to 6Gb/sec.

Also note that these all come with a 2 year warranty. You'll need to step up to the WD "Black" edition to get a 5 year warranty.

Kinda depends on why you're buying.
- If your current disk is generating SMART errors and about to die, then don't hesitate - replace immediately!
- If you can wait a month and put a few more $$$'s into your wallet, then maybe in the long run it's worth it to get the Black edition for the longer warranty or a drive with better specs.
- If performance is a long-term goal, then find out if your MOBO chipset support the Intel SRT/Smart Response Technology, which lets you add an SSD to cache the HD. If this is a long-term plan, then buy a cheap disk now, knowing that you'll add the SSD for performance at some point in the future.

Admittedly, I'm partiall to the Western Digital, but you'll find plenty of folks on either side - people whe have had problems w/ WD as well as people who have used other brands and had very good success.

Hope this helps.

Let us know if you have any more questions.

-GorfTheFrog


Heh. I rushed the best solution pick a bit. Western Digital seems like the way to go, even though i'm currently still using a Samsung 320GB Hard drive (bought in 2005) which works flawlessly. Thanks for the answer!
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