Best 2TB-3TB HDD for storage.
Hello, I'm gonna use a 256GB SDD for Windows, programms and gaming. Only ofcourse I'll also need a storage drive to store all my other stuff like videos, photos, projects, Anime etc. I first layed my eye on the WD Black but I'm not quite sure yet because it's kinda expensive but it has 5 years warranty. But any other suggestions are welcome.
The WD Black is overkill. It's a throwback to high-performance before SSDs became boot drives.
Use this page to determine the most relaible drive as of April. It's French, but you can still figure it out.
Note that all hard drives are incredibly reliable.
There was also a local cloud service provider that rated hard drive rates. I can't find the article now, but I seem to recall they rated Toshiba or Hitachi very highly.
IMO, the only meaningful difference between the Black and any other color is that the Black has a 5 year warranty. A 7200 RPM drive is going to perform like a 7200 RPM drive, regardless of color, cache, or other marketing. FWIW, cache size would matter for a boot drive, since the cache is designed to hold something that your HDD thinks you will need in the immediate future. It is unlikely that a storage drive would used in such a way that it would take advantage of that cache. If you are going to be loading a random 1GB movie from that HDD, it would not fit in cache anyway, and the HDD would not predict which one you wanted to access.
If you want something more reliable (in addition to the 5 year warranty), grab an RE (enterprise) drive. Each HDD brand has their own enterprise line, and they are an order of magnitude more reliable than the consumer options. Typically you pay at least 20% - 50% more than you would for a regular drive. If I recall, Toshiba's MG04, WD's RE, Seagate's Constellation, and HGST's Ultrastar are all enterprise lines.
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Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($181.99 @ Amazon)
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