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Best/Fastest 500GB Harddrive

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November 26, 2010 3:18:44 PM

Hello everyone, Im looking to purchase 2 or 3 of a single hard drive to raid together and was having some trouble deciding which to get.

I think its between:

Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS

Spinpoint F3

Barracuda 7200.12

Im looking for drives that are fast and reliable and will be very fast in RAID. Im doing some HD capturing and I need the read/write speeds of the RAID to be pretty high.

The caviar blue is the cheapest, but Ive heard that the F3 is the fastest. Im hoping to hear what you guys think.


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November 26, 2010 4:06:05 PM

Well I just found out the 500AAKS has a new single platter model that is about tied with the F3 speed wise. If microcenter has that model at the store, should I get them?
November 26, 2010 4:07:32 PM

do this instead and use the SSD as your boot drive (OS):
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB
OCZ Technology 90 GB Vertex 2 Series SATA II

Im not looking for a boot drive, Im looking for a raid setup separate from my boot drive.
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November 26, 2010 4:21:34 PM

I have both the F3 Spinpoint and the Seagate Barracuda.
I have had the Barracudas' longer than I have had the F3.
no complaints about either but if I had to pick a 7200rpm; F3 is more recent but the Barracuda to me already has my trust..

So which one would you say is better/faster?

Also, what is your opinion on the single platter 500AAKS:

Compared to the F3:

Considering the AAKS is cheaper...Im not sure.
November 26, 2010 6:13:32 PM

I decided to try the F3's because Microcenter (in all its Black Friday rage) didnt have the exact model number for the single platter WD's, so I got the spinpoints. Now to install them!