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What to buy- Hard drive edition, 5400-7400rpm, 2tb-4tb, Cost?

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May 11, 2014 12:15:52 PM

At the moment, im looking at a couple of drives to purchase.

This drive will be used to store my steam games library (will be playing form the drive)
and to store videos/documents as well as any programs that i may need to run.

I have a SSD that i keep my most important programs on and i just need some space.


Right now this drive is on sale for 74$
WD Desktop Mainstream 2TB Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit
http://www.frys.com/product/7725678?clickid=weKTO1QAF2c...

It is my understanding that this is just a Green Drive that spins at 5400rpm

There is also a 4tb drive i was considering
http://www.frys.com/product/6943757?clickid=weKTO1QAF2c...
4TB HGST Deskstar Coolspin 3.5" SATA III Internal Hard Drive
That is also 5400 rpm and it is 129$'s


Is the speed of the drives going to affect gaming performance, or will they be alright?
I would prefer not to copy my games onto my ssd all the time and want to just keep them on a drive.

as far as space is concerned im more than happy with 2terabytes im sure i wont fill it up anytime soon as my steam library is only 500gb's but i have a large collection of videos that i have been keeping on several seperate 120gb hard drives that i purchased a while back and i would like to consolidate them on 1 drive while keeping those as backups. I am also concerned with reliability, I would take a drive with less capacity if it means greater reliability or better warranty.


My budget for a drive is 140$ and i would like to go pick up one today.
Will these drives be ok? Which should i choose?
Should i go with a 7200 Rpm drive? Which brand? Estimate of a cost would be nice?
I saw these deals on a deal website i use and i normally like to buy things at a discount but i need a drive today.
a b G Storage
May 11, 2014 12:35:04 PM

The Desktop Performance version is WD Black drive and comes with a 5-year warranty.
The Desktop Mainstream version is not sure what drive it has in it for sure, but it only has a 2-year warranty and less cache than the Desktop Performance.
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May 11, 2014 12:35:46 PM

There is this drive as well.
http://www.frys.com/product/7962250?clickid=weKTO1QAF2c...
Which is 59$, its a 7200 rpm drive but its 2.5 im not sure how that will affect it and i could pick up 2.

Do you think the 2.5 drive will be significantly slower?
I know that its rpm is faster but usually 2.5's are slower than there 3.5 counterparts.
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a b G Storage
May 11, 2014 1:40:44 PM

Repress said:
There is this drive as well.
http://www.frys.com/product/7962250?clickid=weKTO1QAF2c...
Which is 59$, its a 7200 rpm drive but its 2.5 im not sure how that will affect it and i could pick up 2.

Do you think the 2.5 drive will be significantly slower?
I know that its rpm is faster but usually 2.5's are slower than there 3.5 counterparts.


I don't see where it says 2.5" for that drive.
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a b G Storage
May 11, 2014 1:43:11 PM

It says that it is a 3.5" and it is a 1tb drive. That's an excellent price for the WD 1tb Desktop Performance version.
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May 11, 2014 2:22:52 PM

danny2000 said:
It says that it is a 3.5" and it is a 1tb drive. That's an excellent price for the WD 1tb Desktop Performance version.


Guess that concern is out the window, only thing to consider now is the size. I know the 1tb drive will be filled almost instantly. Do you think the 2tb Mainstream drive would suit my needs? What are your thoughts on the 4tb drive for 129$ (checked its a 5400-5900 rpm drive).
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