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Which one is better? Better performance or less platters?

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April 15, 2010 12:11:08 PM

I am looking for a new application HDD from my computer. I have a 500 GB Seagate 7200.10 now but I'm looking to go to 1TB. This is strictly a Windows, applications, and games drive. No music, movies, etc...

Possible upgrades I'm looking at are Seagate 7200.12 1TB or WD Caviar Black WD1001FALS. I know the WD has better performance for applications which is what it will be used for but the Seagate has less platters (2 500 GB vs 3 333 GB). Less platters mean less heat, less moving parts, less chance of failure, etc.

Price-wise the WD is only $10 more on newegg which doesn't matter to me.

Thoughts?
a c 127 G Storage
April 15, 2010 1:08:17 PM

All HDDs will be slow for this. If you can't afford the applications to be stored on SSD instead, this is your only option. But i wouldn't worry about performance; it will be low anyway. The only real performance difference is between HDD and SSD; especially regarding application launch, booting; i.e. system disk related tasks.
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a c 127 G Storage
April 15, 2010 1:08:58 PM

When you do buy a HDD; get the 500GB-per-platter disks. The 333GB are older generation HDDs. It wouldn't matter anything in random I/O performance however.
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April 15, 2010 1:22:37 PM

Oh I know SSD's are the performance kings. But they don't currently offer enough space for a reasonable price for me. I do mostly PC gaming so I need a ton of space for games. And seeing as a 500 GB SSD costs over a $1000 (half the price of my computer when I built it 2 years ago), it's really not smart for me. Maybe my next computer in a year I will split up Windows and games on seperate drives. This will let me put Windows on a smallish SSD. But I'm not about to change for this computer. Thanks for the advice though.
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April 15, 2010 1:47:34 PM

Alright, just wanted to make sure you don't concentrate too much on performance when looking for an HDD. For your purpose, any HDD will be slow. Since you have no alternative; look at price and future upgrade plans.

If you need a 500GB system disk, SSDs are still very expensive yes. My own system disks are 8GB large thus a 40GB SSD would fit 5 workstations. In essence, i share my ssd across all workstations.

In your case you have a lot of games. A nice alternative would be to get a small 40GB Intel SSD for the system and use a big 1TB HDD for your games.
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April 22, 2010 1:22:52 AM

Best answer selected by spudmans.
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