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August 21, 2008 8:38:29 PM

I was debating between these two 500gb hd.

Western Digital Caviar SE16

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is the difference really debatable and just depends on the person so just go with the one that is cheaper?

I can get both of them $40 off on a combo so it will only cost me $40-50 for the two. But i hear a lot of people say the seagate is better and quieter but then there are people who swear by WD.

Is 32mb and 16mb cache really something to bother looking at?

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a b G Storage
August 21, 2008 8:53:59 PM

The 32MB/16MB cache doesn't matter at all, according to the benchmarks I've seen,

The WD 500GB is slow, it's from the days before perpendicular recording.

Get this WD 640GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218&Tpk=WD6400AAKS

It's a bit faster than the Seagate, a lot faster than the WD 500GB, and the price/GB is really nice.

Quieter: TBH I don't think it makes sense. I have used Seagates at work and WDs at home for 14 years now and I have never even noticed hard disk noise. You'll be fine either way IMO.


Edit: if you can get the WD 500GB for a ridiculously low price, and intend to use it only for storing movies and pictures and music, then it's fine, sure. I have 3 of those and they're reliable, quiet, and definitely fast enough to play videos from them without problems.

August 21, 2008 8:58:58 PM

the WD is one of those green drives than use less energy and are somewhat slower... I have that Seagate 7200.11 it is quite and pretty fast... googd luck.. l8r
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August 21, 2008 9:06:40 PM

if you can get similar discount on the wd 640gb go for that one. only slightly more than the 500gb and faster/bigger. but if that is not the case then i think you will be happy with either.
August 21, 2008 9:16:40 PM

wd for life, ive had too many seagates die on me
August 21, 2008 9:29:10 PM

Thought so. Some swear by seagate, some by wd.

If it was $10 more for the 640gb i would think about it, but double in price i'm going to stay with the two 500gb.
August 21, 2008 9:31:15 PM

for sure. didn't know if you could get the same deal. i wouldn't do it for double either. :) 
August 22, 2008 6:05:09 AM

I worked for a gov sub building systems for 10yrs and I can say that overall they have the same breakdown %... but WD seem to have platters/head crashes more... and seagates have more bearing/pcb problems.... I think the average is around 5% so u got a 95 out of 100 shot of being right either way... lmao
a b G Storage
August 22, 2008 3:29:55 PM

bdollar said:
for sure. didn't know if you could get the same deal. i wouldn't do it for double either. :) 


+1
a b G Storage
August 22, 2008 3:33:15 PM

wheelthrown said:
I worked for a gov sub building systems for 10yrs and I can say that overall they have the same breakdown %... but WD seem to have platters/head crashes more... and seagates have more bearing/pcb problems.... I think the average is around 5% so u got a 95 out of 100 shot of being right either way... lmao


Just curious, the hard disks that failed, were they usually in servers, or just used for Excel and Word by some employee for 8 hours a day?
August 23, 2008 2:14:30 AM

I have never had a seagate or WD drive fail on me, they are both very reliable. I would go with the 640GB AAKS as others said, it is much faster. The 320 GB AAKS is also faster than that 500 GB.
August 23, 2008 9:49:59 AM

Go for Western Digital!
August 25, 2008 5:40:52 PM

aevm said:
Just curious, the hard disks that failed, were they usually in servers, or just used for Excel and Word by some employee for 8 hours a day?


25% of our build were servers with RAID setups and 50% of our systems were desktops, and lst 25% were Laptops

But I dont really count laptops because most go because of drops...
so... but most servers we built had at least 4 usually more dives, and desktops only 1
More of the drives were had fail came from desktops. they get moved more and some where on ships on the ocean.
We would dip the whole assembles MB into Poly to prevent water damage but that usually caused heat damage so...

But out of the 10,000 or so systems I've overseen I think it's pretty consistent failures between SG and WD...
I will say that WD used to build some nice SCSI drives that never failed, some of them I know are in desktops going on 12+ years old. I dont know why they were so good. And seagate made a couple exceptional models oin the cheeta line... but Barracuda vs Caviar you are just splitting hairs really.
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