Seagate Barracuda 16 MB or WD 74 Raptor 8 MB. Tags: Hard Drives Western Digital Storage Product Last response: September 12, 2006 8:54 PM in Storage Share badge September 12, 2006 5:59:34 PM I'm about to build a C2D e6600 system. I have two hard drives available in which to load my Windows XP Pro 32 bit operating system on. Of the two drives I have, which is the better solution. Which drive would you choose to use as your main OS drive? And Why? Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682... Raptor 74GB 10K RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s Drive with 8MB Cache http://www.provantage.com/western-digital-wd740gd~7WNDG... More about : seagate barracuda raptor Codesmith September 12, 2006 6:16:51 PM The Raptor is fast, not just in term of average and minimum sustained reads/writes, but also in terms of quick access time and high IOps. Its only disadvantage is its high cost per GB. Truth is most people are better off getting a cheaper drive and spending the difference on other system components. People tend to vastly overestimate the degree to which hard drive affect their systems performance. http://www.storagereview.com/articles/leaderboard.html http://www.storagereview.com/php/benchmark/bench_sort.php http://www23.tomshardware.com/storage.html?modelx=33&model1=117&model2=124&chart=45 If you already own a Raptor use it, if buying a Raptor forces you to cut back on other components then don't buy one. badge September 12, 2006 8:54:00 PM Thank you for the links. From the looks of things the older version Raptor 74 8 MB 1.5 I have performs significantly better than the newer Seagate 16 MB 3.0 drive. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 16mb cache good for gaming ? Forum WD Raptor 74 GB 8MB or 16MB cache Forum One 74 GB Raptor & Seagate 500GB or Two 500GB in Raid-0 ? Forum Raptor 8MB vs Barracuda 16MB Raid 0 Forum (1)150 10,000RPM WD Raptor VS (2) Seagate 7200.10 320s RAID 0 Forum WD Raptor 8 Mb cache vs. 16 Mb cache Forum WD 8mb 10,000 raptor OR WD 16mb 7,200 caviar ????!????!!??! Forum Barracuda SATA2 80GB vs Raptor SATA1 74 GB Forum New Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 drive faulty? Forum Seagate 750 GB Barracuda Enters The Big League Forum Sea Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS vs WD Caviar SE 16 WD 5000AAKS Forum Raptor WD 740 10,000rpm & 300gb Seagate Barracuda Forum WD RAPTOR 150GB (NOT A GOOD VALUE) Forum Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB( 16MB ) Vs. WD Caviar Black 500GB (32 MB ) Forum (2) 74 GB RAPTORS or... (2) 100GB WD HDDS? Forum Cheap RAID Ravages WD Raptor Forum Speeding up my system, OS Raptor , Data Barracuda setup Forum My computer is saying that there is a hard disk failure Forum which raptor to choose....tler question Forum Seagate and ATA 100 Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !