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a c 120 G Storage
June 26, 2011 3:35:09 AM

I am looking at the following drives for Win 7 64-bit OS, as well as for programs:

WD6402AAEX SATA 6 Gb/s 3.5 Inch 7200 640 GB 64 MB
WD5002AALX SATA 6 Gb/s 3.5 Inch 7200 500 GB 32 MB

What would be the performance gain if any, if I chose the 64 MB Cache drive?

This drive will contain only the OS as well as programs; no music, photos, videos, etc.

Thank you for your input.

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a b G Storage
June 26, 2011 4:31:18 AM

Depends on what you do. I've tried both and never noticed a difference. Maybe if you work with many small files, the extra cache would come in handy, but other than that, usually other things will limit you more than the HD cache. Most of the time I'm transferring files 4-6 gb in size and there at least it has not made a difference.

That said if they both cost the same, might as well buy the one with the bigger cache. But if there's something like a $20 difference I would personally just buy a larger capacity drive than one with more cache.
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a c 120 G Storage
June 26, 2011 1:43:45 PM

This HDD would be exclusively for the OS (Win 7 64-bit) and programs. There will be no personal data files on this HDD.

Currently, the space used for the OS and programs is about 146 GB. The HDD in use now is Seagate Barracuda ST3750525AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" (overkill, but it was laying around).

The smallest HDD with 6GBs is 500 GB. And if I want 64 MB Cache, then the smallest available HDD is 640 GB.

This will be used exclusively for the OS and programs. Common sense tells me that 64 MB Cache is better than 32 MB Cache, but my question is how much of a performance improvement will I see? Ignore price differences.

Even a number by the SWAG method will suffice.
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a c 120 G Storage
July 4, 2011 3:23:33 AM

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