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 WD Raptor 74GB 8MB or 16MB cache Forum SolvedWhich HD to use for OS and games older 74g raptor 8mb(sata1), or 250g 7200rpm 16mb(sata2) Forum Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB(16MB) Vs. WD Caviar Black 500GB (32MB) Forum Raptor 8MB vs Barracuda 16MB 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 SolvedSeagate 750GB Barracuda 32MB, WD Blue 750GB 32MB or 64mb Hard drive for daily computing and gaming. Forum SolvedWD 500GB SATA3 16MB cache vs Seagate 1TB 32MB CACHE SATA3 for gaming Forum Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB(16MB) Vs. HP OEM SMART IV 500GB SATA Hard Drive Forum Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 16mb cache good for gaming ? Forum New Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB 16mb 3NCQ Forum Wd raptor 36g 8mb cache Forum SolvedSeagate Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA Installation Forum 8MB Raptor HDD Buffer vs 16MB Forum Raptor WD740 10,000rpm & 300gb Seagate Barracuda Forum SolvedSeagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Not Recognized Forum Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (250gb) vs WD Caviar SE16 (250gb) Forum 2 WD 74g raptor - Abit an8 - cant get into RAID setup Forum Solved16MB Cache vs 64MB Cache for Seagate's SSHD Hybrids Forum Will the 74 gb Raptor work in an older mb? Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !