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September 18, 2009 2:35:55 PM

What is the best 7200 drive around for gaming?
I'm looking into building a new rig and am stumped on what hard drive to get. Obviously the best would be an SSD or failing that a raptor 10K RAID 0. but I'm more interested an a single drive solution.

Samsung F1, F3
Seagate 7200.12
WD

etc.
any ideas as to what is the best single drive?
I know i could use the Toms charts for it, but I don't really want to go through 14 pages of charts that I can't effectively sum up (i.e. most of the time I don't know whats going on)

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a b G Storage
September 18, 2009 3:19:32 PM

Right now, my choice would probably be either the Seagate 7200.12 or the WD Caviar Black.
September 18, 2009 5:52:25 PM

Seagate. They are reliable
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September 19, 2009 4:35:10 AM

As others have stated, go with Seagate... they offer 3 year warranties.
September 19, 2009 10:43:40 AM

I thought seagate offered 5 year warranties for 5 1/4" drives
a b G Storage
September 19, 2009 5:33:29 PM

Oh - and don't get the 750GB WD linked in the above post - get either a 640 or a 1TB. They're faster than the 7200s are.
September 19, 2009 10:16:51 PM



I'm after a single drive solution. I had a RAID 0 setup before and it decided one day that it didn't want to work. que me using winXP rescue only to find that when entering you not only have to get the floppy for the SATA drivers but also have to load the RAID drives again. I forgot I had a RAID setup and it kindly wiped one of the drives destroying the array.
a b G Storage
September 20, 2009 3:21:22 AM

If you're using Vista or 7, you don't have to worry about that - they have built-in drivers for Intel RAID.
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