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WD vs Seagate: 500GB-1TB 7200rpm 3.5" SATA

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November 18, 2009 6:38:54 AM

Yes... another one of those WD vs Seagate threads, but this time I'm looking for something narrower. As the title says, here's the criteria: 500GB-1TB, 7200rpm, 3.5", SATA. But wait there's more! It will be fitted inside an external enclosure (probably with a fan), but just in case it's fanless, I don't want one that will overheat too easily. I hope this info narrows it down.

eSata included
a b G Storage
November 18, 2009 6:48:37 AM

Seagate 7200.12. It uses 500GB disks instead of the WD 333 GB disks, allowing it to run cooler and quieter. It's also a hair faster.
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a b G Storage
November 18, 2009 10:12:56 AM

For USB its not going to be any different which ever you pick becuase of the USB transfer limitations - even the green series will perform beyond USB but as cjl suggested the seagate will run cooler in an enclosure - the only benifit really but if you can save a few $$$ with any green series hdd do it
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November 18, 2009 10:42:27 PM

I'm starting to have second thoughts now. Should I go with external hdd or internal hdd + enclosure? what are your thoughts? Reliability is important.
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a c 114 G Storage
November 18, 2009 10:52:08 PM

Doesn't have to be USB....get an enclosure with an E-Sata connection. Or get a "swap box"

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

OTOH, if it's for backup, read this

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/hdd-backup-recovery...

Also, Seagate rules the roost for temperature and sound criteria among 7200 rpm drives matching the competition's 5400 rpm drives.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...

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November 19, 2009 5:01:22 AM

Thanks! I might go with the seagate 7200.12 1 TB and that swap box thing. How reliable was it for you? how long have you had it?

Edit: Bought! Can't wait!
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a c 114 G Storage
November 27, 2009 5:08:06 AM

My son has his since Xmas 2007 IIRC ..... uses it to swap stuff off his laptop / desktop
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