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Advice for a Beginnner: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

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June 28, 2014 4:59:04 PM

I have made a few posts asking for wisdom on my first gaming rig, because I am 100% new I have said I need simplified advice and just help... However they always become just a big argument. So I am changing my strategy.


Tell me what you think of this one part: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

I have actually been told by a friend that this is a bad Hard Drive choice, this is what he said:
"The western digital blue series is fine for storage and servers but if you want a good primary drive for windows and games I would go with the western digital black series. They are my favorite hard drives and I have yet to have one fail after owning them for about 4 or 5 years."


^^^^^ Any comments about this quote would be appreciated!

If you need it for reference here is my whole build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mZKtQ7

Expectations of my rig:
1. Great for gaming at high quality
2. Online ready (wireless/ethernet)
3. Preferred to be under $800 (currently over my "budget")
4. Types of games: Minecraft, Sims 4, Elderscrolls, Valve (half-life, portal), some others.
5. Also I do lots of video editing!

PLEASE do not argue, it just makes me so confused. And PLEASE keep the language simple. Avoid abbreviating cause I never have any idea what they mean.

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June 28, 2014 5:09:20 PM

Blue is decent. The only difference between the Black and Blue is that the Black has longer warranty. The Blue only has 2-year warranty.

But failures happen irregardless. It's usually the luck of the draw. I've used WD for years (external and internal) and I've only had 1 failure so far. Remember that you should still back up important files. So no excuse to not back up just because a drive has longer warranty.
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June 28, 2014 5:12:21 PM

Usually Gamer use the WD Black drive, for regular desktop most people use the WD Blue, and as a secondary drive for storing date (e.g. music, video, pictures, etc) you can use the WD Green.
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June 28, 2014 5:15:31 PM

Emerald said:
Usually Gamer use the WD Black drive, for regular desktop most people use the WD Blue, and as a secondary drive for storing date (e.g. music, video, pictures, etc) you can use the WD Green.


Is it hard to have more than one hard drive?

And if not, is it uncommon to have a second, much cheaper hard drive?

I feel like a Terabyte is a lot of memory though, will I ever really need more hard drives? And if i decide no now, is it easy to add another later?
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June 28, 2014 5:15:39 PM

WD Blues are fine.
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June 28, 2014 5:19:14 PM

A 1TB drive is enough space for most application and programs.

But if you have a lot of pictures, music, and videos you can easily fill up a 1TB drive.

It is not hard to add a second or third drive later.
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June 28, 2014 5:20:04 PM

cwb50 said:
Is it hard to have more than one hard drive?

And if not, is it uncommon to have a second, much cheaper hard drive?

I feel like a Terabyte is a lot of memory though, will I ever really need more hard drives? And if i decide no now, is it easy to add another later?

Space, not memory. A hard drive is space for you to put stuff in. And yes, you can add more than one hard drive for storage purposes. Your case has ample room for you to add HDDs or even SSDs.

You just need to hook it up and power it. Then maybe a quick formatting and the drive is ready to go. It's the same as setting up the first HDD. I do recommend that you power off your computer before installing a new hard drive.
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June 28, 2014 5:21:35 PM

Multiple drives are very common. My main device has 4. My HTPC has 2.
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June 28, 2014 5:25:06 PM

So when my hard drive gets like 80% full I can start looking for a second one a not lose any sleep over it?
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June 28, 2014 5:27:53 PM

Correct.
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June 28, 2014 6:04:20 PM

Can anyone suggest a WD Black Hard Drive?
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June 28, 2014 6:24:06 PM

That one works.
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