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April 28, 2011 1:35:47 PM

I'm about to buy a new HDD and was wondering which 2TB HDD is better, I'm going to install Windows 7 on it. I can't afford to buy a SSD just to install Windows on it and don't want to spend twice as much on a 7200RPM drive, thanks for any help.

Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green 5400rpm SATA II w/ 64MB Cache VS Seagate 2TB Barracuda Green SATA III w/ 64MB Cache

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a c 375 G Storage
April 28, 2011 2:04:10 PM

I can't recommend a green drive for an OS. They don't have as high a performance as a standard 7200rpm drive. Green drives are used mostly for storage.

Also, it seems that a lot of green drives over 1TB seem to be failing prematurely, at least in the WD line. I haven't had any problems myself, but have seen quite a few people writing in these forums that they have had issues.
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April 28, 2011 2:54:33 PM

I know the use of green drives, but the Seagate green HDD seems to have better performance then other green HDD's out there. Also would you recommend this SSD drive then Kingston SSDNow V100 2.5in SATA II Solid State Drive, 64GB for the OS, I'd much rather just get the 2TB one, I don't want to go overboard since I'm getting many other parts as well, thanks.
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a c 375 G Storage
April 28, 2011 3:55:37 PM

Sorry, but I don't have enough real world experience with SSD's to feel qualified recommending one.

Sandforce is supposed to put out some good chipsets, especially the SF-1200 and up. You may want to look for some drives using this chipset.
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April 28, 2011 10:02:57 PM

Hawkeye22 said:
Also, it seems that a lot of green drives over 1TB seem to be failing prematurely, at least in the WD line. I haven't had any problems myself, but have seen quite a few people writing in these forums that they have had issues.


My 1.5TB and 2TB WD Green drives are at 12500 hours and 9000 hours (approx) now and have had no problems at all. Based on anecdotal evidence around the web they don't seem any worse than any other hard drive for reliability.

Performance-wise they're not an ideal OS drive but no mechanical disk is an ideal OS drive :) .
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April 28, 2011 10:31:23 PM

my WD 1TB 7200RPM drive is at 15 124 hours , power on count is at 1663 count.Another 500 GB WD 7200RPM drive is at 26 000 hours, 4500 counts power on. No problem at all . Never try Green drive.

If i'm not wrong, the green drive got a feature will slow spinning speed when it is not in use. Which mean the drive gonna be slow for OS and max speed is only 5400 RPM.
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a c 99 G Storage
April 28, 2011 11:02:12 PM

How about a Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 5400rpm here for $79.99?

But it's OEM, so just the drive: no box, no cables, no screws.
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April 28, 2011 11:30:43 PM

Nivea said:
I know the use of green drives, but the Seagate green HDD seems to have better performance then other green HDD's out there. Also would you recommend this SSD drive then Kingston SSDNow V100 2.5in SATA II Solid State Drive, 64GB for the OS, I'd much rather just get the 2TB one, I don't want to go overboard since I'm getting many other parts as well, thanks.

The Kingston SSDNow V100 is a decent SSD but you'll need to flash the firmware to the lastest version before installing your OS. It had an issue, which the latest firmware update corrected. If you are only looking to spend $75 or so, your best bet is to go with a single larger HDD (Westen Digital is the more reliable drive) and save up for a SSD down the road. Ideally, you want to look at least a 120GB SSD.
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April 29, 2011 12:16:31 AM

Thanks for all the replies, I got the seagate 2tb 5900RPM HDD, based on some reviews on it it's faster then the western digital green drive. I'm just going to use my old Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM HDD as my OS drive for now, and later on I'll probably get a SSD. Based on failure rates at 0.64% intel rank best for SSD's but that could change when I buy one, thanks for all the help it's much appreciated.
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May 12, 2011 7:29:59 PM

Best answer selected by Nivea.
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