What Hard Drive should I get?

Despite taking a Computer Course in Highschool, I've forgotten so much I learned about HDD's.

Basically, I'm looking to purchase another HDD for my PC, I currently have a 500GB HDD but with the amount of po- games I have on it I'm running out of space, and I also heard it was a good idea to leave your C (Default, I think) Directory clean, as it helps with the speed of how fast your PC operates (Not hardware wise).

I think there is 2 types of HDD's, Solid State and, well, something else, I can't remember.

What I'm wanting to know is what HDD is better for Gaming, should I buy a slower but more spacious HDD or go with a smaller but faster HDD to run my games off?

If anyone has any HDD's to recommend me I'd appreciate it greatly, I'm looking to spend about £90 max.

If I have missed out any information, please feel free to ask for it.

Thanks for any help.
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  1. An SSD will give you the best performance. A typical setup with an SSD is that for the boot drive and than add a standard hard drive (spindle drive) for file storage and program installations (for stuff that won't fit on / fill up the SSD boot drive).

    IMHO...
    The SSD of choice would be the OCZ Agility 2 60 GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227542&cm_re=agility_2_60gb-_-20-227-542-_-Product
    And the HDD of choice would be either the Samsung F3 or Hitachi Deskstar
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145304&cm_re=hitachi_deskstar-_-22-145-304-_-Product

    If just needing to add an additional drive for storage (not a boot drive) then look at the 2TB drive below.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245&cm_re=samsung_2tb-_-22-152-245-_-Product
  2. Gah!!!! NO HITACHI!!! :O

    Go WD Black all the way. Wonderful performance and reliability. I'm running two WD1001FALS drives in my desktop for over a year in RAID0 with no drama. R/W Speeds are 200MB/s in multpile real-world applications. Most SSDs are 300MB/s, so for under $200, you get near-SSD performance for half the cost, along with 20x the storage.
  3. Gah!!! NO WD!!! :-) I had a rash of WD failures. Yet to have one with Hitachi or Samsung... The article below assisted me in making this "switch" away from WD. A little dated, but still shows consistencies in the manufacturing. ...just my preference.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/hdd-reliability-storelab,2681.html
  4. sadams04 said:
    Gah!!! NO WD!!! :-) I had a rash of WD failures. Yet to have one with Hitachi or Samsung... The article below assisted me in making this "switch" away from WD. A little dated, but still shows consistencies in the manufacturing. ...just my preference.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/hdd-reliability-storelab,2681.html


    Allow me to clarify: Anything WD that isn't the black series is GARBAGE!!!

    I think we can both agree on Samsung in that case! XD
  5. I'm gonna update it a little bit, this HDD or SSD I'm looking for is for extra space, not a boot drive, and I plan on mostly launching games off of it, so it would also need to have more space, so would a HDD still be best?

    I'm looking at that 2TB HDD you sent me, it looks good, I'm thinking about that one if nothing else pops up.
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