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Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS vs Seagate Barracuda ST3100052

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September 24, 2011 12:51:48 PM

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS
1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS
1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

why ST is 55$ and WD is 85$?
ST is even sata 6Gb

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September 24, 2011 2:47:49 PM

thank you geekapproved

yeah it sounds great but does it worth 25$ more?

I've heard SATA 3Gb and 6Gb are not very different

here I can buy 2T seagate around 80$

which one should I buy?
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September 24, 2011 3:32:19 PM

They are both sata6gb.

Personally, I only use WD Blacks. Is it worth $25 for 2.5x more warranty, well that's up to you.

Seagate (and samsung) are able to offer their drives at a lower price because they give you less warranty. After 2yrs if it dies, it's your problem, you have to buy a new one.
WD charges more, but they will warranty your drive for 5yrs. The good thing about that is say in 4yrs your WD 1TB drive dies, you send it in and likely your going to get a 2 or 3tb drive as a replacement because 1tb drives won't be made anymore.
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September 24, 2011 3:55:19 PM

haha, good point about getting a 2gb hdd
now I have to look for a safe way to broke my hdd after 4years :D 

beside warranty, what about speed?
is WD much faster because of its cache or there is no noticeable improve in everyday use??
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September 24, 2011 5:07:47 PM

The WD drives will not work in a Raid set, so don't go with them if you ever plan to use them for Raid.
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September 24, 2011 5:50:28 PM

tomatthe said:
The WD drives will not work in a Raid set, so don't go with them if you ever plan to use them for Raid.


I personally have a set of Blacks in Raid 0 for over a year now with a max read of 250. :sleep: 

Sorry you were unable to set yours up correctly.
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September 25, 2011 7:58:44 AM

I plan to buy a SSD for boot drive and programs, so no Raid
but the question still remains
beside warranty, what about speed?
is WD much faster because of its cache or there is no noticeable improve in everyday use??

and I just heard about "density platters"
are they different in this field?
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September 25, 2011 4:13:20 PM

Your digging deep. They are all within a millisecond or two. Nothing you will notice.

All the new drives 500GB and up use 500GB platters. The 320GB and 640GB drives use 320GB platters, which is slower.

I don't know why your digging so deep, were talking about basic hdd here. Pick one and buy it.
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September 29, 2011 1:38:11 PM

well it's not that simple, where talking about 20-30$ difference in price :D 
segate is much cheaper and here in my country they both have 2yrs warranty so I think i go with seagate

thanks all especially geekapproved
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